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Anxiety and Control: 4 Helpful Steps
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“You only need to put your emotional, mental, spiritual, and physical hand back in your own pockets and leave things and people alone. Let them be. Make any decisions you need to make to take care of yourself, but don’t make them to control other people. Start taking care of yourself.” – Melody Bates, Codependent […]

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Choose Love and Be Late
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“If you don’t get your socks and shoes on right now YOU’RE GOING TO BE LATE!” Sometimes I’d like to switch cultures. I spent a summer overseas in Mexico and also in Azerbaijan where being late wasn’t a thing. When you got there, you got there. And then you might stay much longer than anyone anticipated…making yourself […]

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Created to Create
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Standing in front of a few hundred college students today, talking with them about how art matters in the kingdom of God, my husband and I shared some thoughts from Erwin McManus. His idea is that everyone is an artist, because we have a soul. And being an artist is simply entering into the process […]

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Christmas Fail
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Sometimes you need a good Christmas Fail story to pass onto the kids, to friends, to those of us who blow it….oh….all the time. This one goes out to the man who rarely blows it – and when he does on Christmas – he let’s me tell the blogosphere. Good job, babe. Picture it: Christmas […]

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That First Cry
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That first cry that first breath that first struggle he left it all and was just like us He came, he breathed he was like us Like you and me Tiny, helpless he Was held by sweet hands And rocked by the world and it’s joy It’s sin Everything in and out of place God […]

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6 Great Children’s Books this Christmas
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One of my favorite things is to snuggle with my kids and read – and even more so during Advent and the Christmas season. All you need are books and a willing lap and you’ve got yourself some quality family time, growing security for your kids, and rest for the soul. Since I’ve got a wide range […]

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Seasons.
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“Season” noun, sea’son : a time characterized by a particular circumstance or feature So many metaphors pop up naturally when you see a season change. And of course the four seasons associated with agriculture easily represent those in our own lives. We’ve experienced wintered souls and carefree summer soul-seasons…and everything in between. But it’s the in-between that feels […]

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Bringing Sabbath Back
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After packing and moving and the stress and the last box being unpacked (or opened, assessed, and thrown out!) we are in our new place. But that doesn’t mean we are all settled and done and now onto resting. The list keeps going, the holidays are coming, life keeps moving and with a new house…there’s […]

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The Peace Umpire
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Who couldn’t use an overarching, deep down into your bones, running the-emotional-show-kind of peace? Yes, please. The other morning I woke up all relaxed and unaware …until the day registered. You’ve been there. Wishing you could stay in your semi-comotose state before thinking of your day. “I’m moving, and only 40% packed and I’m close […]

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Looks like I’m having seconds…
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on pie. And I wish it was pecan pie or my mom’s awesome famous apple pie or (and I canNOT believe I am saying this) pumpkin pie. I find pumpkin pie disgusting…it’s just….kind of wet. Sometimes there’s even a little lake on top – what is WITH that pie? (my dad made this observation). But […]

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