A Stranger’s Words in a Private Place

Two minutes, then she was gone. I wiped the tears that trailed down my face. I couldn’t give in to the sobs that threatened to overtake me. I had to be strong. I looked at the empty spot where the stranger had stood a moment earlier. Had that just happened? Maybe not – it had …

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A Perfectionist’s Christmas: Jesus, Not the Hoopla

No Christmas will ever live up to the hype. I don't know about you, friend, but all the commercials, Pinterest posts, magazine covers can make me feel my Christmas doesn't live up to expectations. My tree isn't perfectly trimmed, even though it holds ornaments that are cherished and important to my family. My house looks …

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A Few Lines in a Journal

The times, they are stressful.   Last week, my husband was out of town. Not a big deal, except that Kristen had constant pain from her dental visit. This worried me because she held her jaw, acted extremely grumpy (code for she screamed and yelled), and told me she felt fine (code for it really …

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Finding Common Ground in the Dentist Office

When they came into the waiting room, I summed up our differences quicker than our likenesses. She was tall and willowy, a single mom, brunette, all business. Her son's special need diagnosis was known to be "happy" and "sociable," and sure enough, he sat in the chair right next to me, listening to his iPod …

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How accessible is God?

I read something the other day and I couldn't get it out of my mind. Not because it was cute or witty. But because it was a contrast to the truth. It went like this:  "The thing that the king asks is difficult, and no one can show it to the king except the gods, …

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A Loving Legacy

We had a party at my house recently. It marked a very significant birthday for my wonderful mom. My brother and I honored her by gathering all the family to celebrate.   And when I say all the family, I’m talking close to 50 people. They came from many miles away, traveling hours in order to …

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Great book, plus a giveaway!

By Teresa on Sep 23, 2016 02:05 pm There are many little ways to enlarge your child’s world. Love of books is the best of all. —Jacqueline Kennedy Read a good book lately? I’m always coming across good books. I’m no longer a school librarian, so my books are usually of the 14+ age, and are either …

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Tender Mercy — YES!

I'm a why person. Always have been, ever shall be. So when I'm reading and the word "because" comes into view, I straighten up, my brain comes to full alert, and I pick up my pen. So here's what I was reading this morning. "And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the …

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When Plans Change

  If you're like me, you're full of plans. for your day for your groceries for your meals for your kids for your life But if you're like me, my plans often don't play out. In fact, days I'm muttering, "The best-laid plans of mice and men..." to soothe my ambitious soul. But on harder …

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