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The Unexpected Gain of Giving Away

It was my dream for as long as I can remember, back when a girl imagined a Prince Charming and a palace full of children: I’d be the mom who baked homemade chocolate-chip cookies for her children every day after school. I knew my children would giggle with glee at the...

The Fragrance of Resurrection

The fragrance stopped me mid-stride. Flowering crabapple blossoms resurrected from winter's grip. White with soft pink centers, dripping off woody tree branches, blanketed the cement at my feet. I was a woman on a mission, needing to clock my forty-five minute walk...

4 Steps to Defeating Self-Doubt

The criticism waited for me when I woke up. I didn't recognize the email address, but I recognized the tone. The sender intended to shame, deliver self-doubt and put me in my place. I read the message, carefully, more than once. I tried to understand her point of...

My Daily Practice For Facing Down Fear

How do you deal with fear? This is the question I'm asked more than others. It makes sense. After facing my mortality, fear became a regular—albeit unwelcome—factor in my daily life. It paralyzed me. I couldn't eat. Couldn't sleep. Couldn't think or function beyond...

How to Show Respect to a Friend in Need

[guestpost]During my years of illness and recovery, one of the women who faithfully stepped into my life in practical and encouraging ways was Sarah Beckman. Sarah has walked through hardship and serious illness with a number of friends, and she has learned the secret...

I Am Scarred: A Lenten Story of Healing

[guestpost]Today is Ash Wednesday, the first of the forty days of Lent. For those who are unfamiliar (as was I), Lent is a six-week preparation time for Easter, an invitation to pull back from ordinary life and engage more deeply with God. It involves prayer, fasting,...

Finding the Courage to Live Broken

It was a movie of fragments. Broken pieces, not neat-and-tidy characters and happily-ever-after storylines. It was a hard movie to watch, I admit. A movie that made movie-goers uncomfortable. I loved it. The movie? Manchester By The Sea. It's a story of Lee Chandler,...

Shutting Off Worry To Finally Sleep

[guestpost]Fear is a repeating theme in my life, as you can probably imagine. In fact, I talked about it just yesterday on my new Facebook Live Show: No Makeup Mondays. I'll explain more about that later, but you can check it out on my Facebook Page. Anyhoo, when I...

I Am Enough

[guestpost]I have a little surprise for you {oh how I LOVE surprises}. Today's post is an excerpt from my brand new book  I Am: A 60-day Journey to Knowing Who You Are Because of Who He Is. If you've been hungry for a sampling, but haven't yet decided whether or not...

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