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There Was the Cross

There Was the Cross

The words we speak reflect what is in our heart. When we open our mouth, our hearts are exposed. Whether we are conscious of it or not, wherever our hearts are focused, this is what we spend our time thinking and talking about. In turn, whatever we are thinking and...

Why Did You Wait So Long?

Why Did You Wait So Long?

I was in over my head at work again—it certainly wasn’t the first time. Demands of my job were mounting, as were my responsibilities as Chairperson of the Christian group. I had some personal concerns weighing me down as well. Barely treading water, I had been...

When a Co-Worker is Grieving

When a Co-Worker is Grieving

Few things in life are more awkward than wanting to help a co-worker who is grieving—but not knowing how. Grief is one of those hard heartbreaks that words and actions can’t heal… but there are some things that make the grieving journey a little lighter. As someone...

Summer Boredom Busters for Kids

Summer Boredom Busters for Kids

Looking for ways to bust kids’ boredom? Here’s a list of more than 40 at-home activities to consider: Go for a walk in the woods Host a family movie night with “fancy” popcorn (ours includes M&Ms) Make a craft like friendship bracelets Get creative with empty...

The Struggle

The Struggle

Outside my local grocery store, I stepped up to take a shopping cart from the long row. And there it was. The magnificent swallowtail butterfly struggled, fluttering madly against the plate glass window, only inches inside the alcove where the carts waited. A young...

Let’s Get Real

Let’s Get Real

My pastor said something a few weeks back that really stuck. He said we believe in the things Jesus said and did and what the Bible says... but do we do the things that Jesus said and what the Bible says? Let's get real. We typically don't. We go about our days...

The “Send Me” Prayer

The “Send Me” Prayer

It's hard to unexpectedly lose your job. The uncertainty of how lost income will be replaced and how financial obligations will be met can cause much anxiety. I have been in this uncomfortable situation four times; each time felt more difficult than the previous one....

Taking Care of You

Taking Care of You

I don't think anyone would deny that these past few months have been challenging. Life has been anything but normal, and it can get overwhelming at times. It would be easy to beat yourself up by keeping a running list of all the things you think you should be doing or...

Flowers and Weeds

Flowers and Weeds

“You are a flower with such a sweet, wonderful fragrance! I bet that’s how people feel when they see you in the workplace,” my friend exuberantly proclaimed. While I appreciated her sincere compliment, I cringed inside knowing it wasn’t always true. Confessing to her...

Compare Brings the Despair Bear

Compare Brings the Despair Bear

Almost ten years ago, my husband and I bought a foreclosed house. There was not one wall inside that did not need remodeling of some kind. There were many refining moments throughout the process. We even realized we do not like the same colors. Our choices did not...

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