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5 Minutes a Day

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I’ve been pondering what I want to be when I grow up. Or, ahem, now that I’m an adult. It requires stripping my heart naked and heading back to the mud of childhood where my curls were ringlets and my belly round and everything I ever said and did was cute, because: toddler. Cheeks rosy. […]

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5 Minutes a Day

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I’m going to experiment with writing for 5 minutes each day this month, with no particular prompt, simply spending a few minutes praying prior to opening the laptop and then seeing what comes out on “paper.” We’ve recently relocated to Nashville. People ask how it’s going, how we are adjusting, if we are all settled […]

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Ways to Survive the Cold this Winter

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It’s not me…it’s you, actually. No. Really. It’s you, and we just can’t be friends…at least not until next spring. As awesome as I know you probably are, lingering to talk in the parking lot at school or work or church or the gym or wherever, lingering to talk outdoors just isn’t going to happen…at least […]

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When Marriage Requires Confession

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Have you ever been driving along and a horrible thought out of nowhere goes something like, “Drive your car off that cliff” or “Head into oncoming traffic”? Or other abnormal thoughts like wanting to jump someone’s bones whose bones aren’t yours to jump, or even hurt yourself, or hurt someone else? The mind is a […]

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“For I Know The Plans I Have For You…

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…declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future…” – Jeremiah 29:11 This is a scripture a lot of Christians quote to encourage one another of God’s goodness over them. And it’s good. It’s truth. He does have good in mind for all of His […]

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Life Interrupted

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When I was in high school I used to keep a daily calendar…to be specific, I had a DayTimer. It was black leather with a zipper, totally official and tabbed and color-coded. And every single day over the course of a month, I wrote down and planned what outfit I would wear for the week, […]

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An Interview With My Hubby

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Here’s a relationship interview with my husband of 22 years that I’m trying to have while we watch “Modern Family” and he searches for hotels for us to stay for our upcoming family adventure to Australia next month (I’m desperate for blog material, so sue me…): Me: How come you can’t read my mind? Him: […]

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If You Could Do ANYTHING…

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…ANYTHING at all, to make a lasting contribution to the world, regardless of experience or finances, WHAT WOULD IT BE? This simple question has generated some beautiful responses from people lately as I’ve asked old friends, new acquaintances, and total strangers, the words you just read. And you should see how people’s faces light up […]

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In Which I Tread Into Politics

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Oh dear. The yelling on both sides is deafening. Meanwhile, I’m over here, all, “Hey, I’m totally voting for Kid President!!!” So, I am a grown adult. Like, I’ve been voting for 25 years now. Originally I registered with the same party my parents did, because, hullo? In my young mind, Reagan and my childhood […]

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Some Lies Die Hard: Brain Re-Train

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Some lies die hard. Some are bigger than others, and they go down deep and then take root and if we aren’t aware they can take up residency as if they were there from the beginning…part of who we are. Time and attention and reiteration grow these lies, just like sun and water and oxygen and […]