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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...

The Incomparable Gift of Imperfect You

Her question interrupted a perfect evening with the face-slap of reality: "Why do you talk funny?" The blow nearly knocked me over, right there on the cold pavement of a downtown sidewalk. I blinked, stunned. She didn't mean to offend, of course. She was only four...

Self-Esteem, Insecurity and a World Desperate for Significance

It's been more than six years since my insecure self first opened a Word document and typed the words "I Am ..." What followed was very little typing, and a whole lot of staring at the screen: I am ... The cursor blinked while I waited for inspiration. Clearly, the...

Fashion Issues, Girl Drama & the Longing To Be Beautiful

She stomped and stewed all the way to the bus stop. And shed a few tears too, no doubt. She was frustrated, which made my littlest fireball madder than a hornet. She can’t stand it when life doesn’t go her way. And this particular morning, much to her devastation, she...

The One Resolution You Need More than All The Others

He bounced into the kitchen with a double dose of his usual enthusiasm and optimism. Good heavens. It was far too early for both. Guess what, Mom!  I couldn't imagine. His head still sported some impressive bedhead. Seriously impressive. You decided to forego personal...

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