Birthday Cake

Birthdays

December is birthday month in our house. I have one December 12th and six days later we celebrate my oldest daughter’s birthday. Then one week later we honor another birthday- one far more important than the first two of the month -the one of our savior, Jesus. There were many years growing up when I…

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Love Letter

The room was full of wounded hearts. “I’m a failure,” “I’m ugly,” “I’ve messed up bad,” or “Nobody loves me,” echoing in the minds of the audience. A group of humanity in which many had been rejected, abused, abandoned, or crushed. Leaving them feeling broken, fearful, and hopeless. The video began, and the words spoken…

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Stuff

We barely have time to finish “giving thanks” before slamming down the turkey feast and rushing out the door to be the first in line to get in on the once in a lifetime Black Friday deals. Employees can no longer look forward to a guaranteed day off to spend with family and loved ones.…

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“Mirror, Mirror”

I have a love-hate relationship with the mirror. Many days when I look at my reflection I only see the flaws and loathe the image staring back at me. Other days, I see beautiful eyes and a glimmering smile and think, “Not bad.” But the loathing days far outweigh the “Not bad” days. We are…

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Waking up

“Wake Up!”

                                    “You are alive, but you are dead.”   Revelation 3:1 Did you know it’s possible to be alive and dead at the same time? I didn’t understand this myself until I became an “alive” Christian at age seventeen.…

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Comfort zone pic

Comfort Zone

I have this magnet on my refrigerator as a constant reminder that today may be a day to take another step outside my comfort zone. We are creatures longing for comfort. We like the known, the safety of routine and dependence of stability. We feel safe in our comfortable homes, routines, and lifestyle. Especially with…

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Jen Sophia as baby

Parenthood

As the nurse handed me my newborn daughter, I couldn’t wait to get my precious little bundle home and start life as a new parent. I’d seen the magazine ads. You know, the ones with the new mother in her white flowing gown, holding her sleeping baby as she gazed peacefully out the window? I…

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Earth Suits

We all have this container in which we live and move around the earth. No two are exactly the same. They come in many different shapes, sizes, and colors. And just like my car, they wear out with age and require exorbitant amounts of money and special maintenance to keep them running. They often don’t…

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Everything by Prayer sign

Everything by Prayer

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”    Philippians 4:6-7 Over the years, as a recovering worrywart, this verse has…

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The Waiting Room

The Waiting Room

We all sat in our lovely blue “gowns” as we waited our turn to be called back for our tests. Some sat quietly looking at their phones, others browsing through a magazine, others sitting with their eyes closed. You could cut the air of nervousness with a knife. I looked at each woman in the…

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