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Broken Beauty

Recently I read about the Japanese artform of Kintsugi (golden joinery), or Kintsukuroi (golden repair). Typically, the broken vessel becomes even more beautiful. . . 

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Hope

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Diagnosed in 2014, I remain cancer free. Because grieving is normal when diagnosed, I share my story in the hope it helps someone else.

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Come Walk Beside Me

There are times in life when we each need encouragement—a few kind words, a loving smile, a card expressing concern, or a hand held out when the world knocks us down. 

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A Stranger Barged In

Do we share our love easily with someone different from us? We pride ourselves on maintaining a status quo of acceptable friends, but what about others in various difficult situations? 

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On the Rock We Stand

Our inner foundation makes a difference as we react to life’s challenges, whether it be today’s coronavirus pandemic, unemployment, or a myriad of hassles and even blessings each and every day.

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When Doubts Assail...

We look for accolades to prop us up, to make us feel better about ourselves, trying to prove that we really are someone of importance. But I have to ask: whose voice am I listening to?

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The Crucible's Test

Like a forest that takes a devastating fire to bring out its best in new growth, so we find our way through difficulties in the midst of the crucible’s test. 

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Peace in the Storm

None of us are immune to the storms of life. Even though the wind and waves batter our world, we remember God is still there, still in control.

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Would I?

What if I had walked where Jesus walked when he lived on the earth? Would I have understood the truth he was teaching without the written Word in my hands?

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Thanks Giving Day

A thankful heart is at the root of the joy and happiness we often search for. For with a thankful heart, we will readily say, “Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! His love endures forever…”

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Strands of Three

True love is about teamwork that strengthens bonds. It’s a choice to remain committed to vows made before God on a joyous wedding day because the tough times will come.

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The Master Tailor

I may not want to face future trials, but looking back, I know they have refined me and shaped me for the better. . . just like the seam ripper's cutting edge.

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I Searched

As we search for God and focus on Him and His love for us, we find that the Apostle Paul’s words “…I no longer live, but Christ lives in me,” say it all.

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My Journey With PTSD

The lasting effects of any bullying are truly devastating. Yet, because of what I’ve been through, I’ve also learned God uses even the traumas of life for a higher purpose. 

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Tourette Syndrome Awareness Month

Most of my life I’ve been embarrassed and ashamed to admit I have Tourette’s. Initially mocked by peers, I quickly learned to hide or camouflage the tics with movements that wouldn’t be recognized as readily. 

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The Caregiving Saint

Under stress, caregivers often let their needs slide. At times I feel overwhelmed and resentful, utterly exhausted physically and emotionally. The good news is that our love not only survived but grew deeper. 

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My Lenten Focus

As I prepare myself spiritually this Lenten season to focus more intently on Christ’s sacrifice and resurrection, Carolyn’s words echo the thoughts of my heart. 

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I'll Be There...

I remember many years ago leaders in church saying that if anyone was discouraged or depressed, they must not be a true believer in God.  How wrong and presumptuous to think that the difficulties of life can’t and won’t weary anyone, including a hearty saint! 

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When Grief Overwhelms

Sometimes we’re at a loss for words and don’t know what to say to the grieving. We want to say the right words to bring comfort. Yet, often the less said the better.

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The Nail

Growing up in the CRC, I found the lengthy reading prior to Communion a bit too formal. Now, missing a CRC nearby, I appreciate the brevity of Communion. Out of these thoughts, came this blog and poem. 

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Abusers Among Us

Typically, those who trust others have a heart of empathy, are naively innocent (without “street smarts”), and are more easily taken advantage of. Predators know this and zero in on their target like a hunter on its prey.

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