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For those who carry heavy things….
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I have been meeting with a counselor and walking through some heavy stuff that has surfaced the last 8ish months. And all kinds of things could fall into the “heavy stuff” bucket for any one of us. What could any of us put in that bucket? Fear. Anxiety. Shame. Depression. Violation. Guilt. Denial. Rage. Rejection. Just to […]

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Penance to be Privileged?
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There’s been some great talk on social media regarding what it means to be privileged. This is a great exercise to watch . Ideas surrounding having running water, owning a car, safety walking alone at night, being able-bodied….. And here I am, building a house. A new house that is off of Main St. Going from […]

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Bitter at a Blessing
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Does anyone sign up to marry a traveling man? Oh please, please, please! Pick me! I want to have three kiddos with you and then have you leave for days at a time and I will do the work of both of us!! I HOPE that’s how it works for our careers!!!! Of course not, […]

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ENTJ Parenting
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It’s not you…it’s me. Really. As an ENTJ parent on the MeyersBryggs personality test…I have some strengths. Annnnnd some weaknesses. And when I get frustrated and my temp is rising toward my kids or my family dynamics – it’s at that moment I need to remember: it’s most likely me. Not them. ENTJ’s have different […]

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Who’s here this morning?
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Some days you wake up and there’s Empty. Staring right at you. Void daring you to despair. How challenging your mustard seed of hope. How can I do this…make it…one more step. And then days where we are greeted by Full. Shining bright in your face. Brim daring you to laugh. Why challenging you to […]

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Ripped
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It’s Good Friday and I read this today: “The servant grew up before God—a scrawny seedling, a scrubby plant in a parched field. There was nothing attractive about him, nothing to cause us to take a second look. He was looked down on and passed over, a man who suffered, who knew pain firsthand. One […]

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Decision Made
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It seems some key ingredients to making decisions for me include: -Reading my Bible and watching God’s character in my reading -Asking trusted friends/family for advice and to pray for me and to report any thing they see or hear as they do (words or visions or verses from God) -Time away from distractions in […]

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How do we decide?
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How do you decide on the BIG stuff? On where you should go to college or grad school? Or if this guy is the guy for you forever and ever amen? Or if you should move after 12 years of sweat, blood, tears, babies, memories, history, sharing, giving….move out of your house you have come […]

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Lenten Whispers
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French fries. The first thing I can remember giving up with a dear friend in high school that felt really hard and somewhat meaningful to my spirituality. How many french fries a week was I actually eating that I needed to give them up?! Who can say…but apparently they needed to go. It’s not like […]

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Writing and Teaching
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Two of my favorite things to do – writing and teaching – have been a big part of my lifeblood the past 15 years. I have been a busy bee recently writing and teaching and it all came together in a sermon for Brookside Church this week. What a privilege to have the opportunity! We […]

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