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Lord, teach me…

Last Thursday morning, my alarm went off super early. It was in the form of our dog wanting to go outside at 4am for no other reason than to get a treat when she came back in. This came after our son stayed up late, and was followed by the kitten wanting to play leapfrog from our… Continue reading Lord, teach me…

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Facebook, Narcissism, & Philippians 2

  I have never been “popular.” Throughout school, I had friends, sure, but I certainly was never high up in the ranks with the rich kids, the cheerleaders, or the prom queen types. I had a core group with whom I ran around, and I even eventually married one of them 🙂   In college… Continue reading Facebook, Narcissism, & Philippians 2

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I. am. exhausted. I had heard of “the sandwich generation,” and I vaguely realized that someday I would be a part of it. But I had no idea that I would become part of said generation in an instant, or how devastating the impact would be on me and my family. I had also heard… Continue reading Struggling

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My Mom

I wrote my last post just over a month ago. In it, I talked about how Little Man had a random meltdown about how his Grammy, my mom, was going to die. Two weeks later she had a massive brain hemorrhage. And although my mom did not die, thank God, our lives have all profoundly… Continue reading My Mom

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I’m trying to blog regularly, I really am. But I’m afraid that if I truly wrote what’s on my heart right this very minute, both of my readers would switch off their computers in disgust of my whiny self-pity. Keith and I had a discussion last night, again, about how life just seems so very… Continue reading Another

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Integrity in a Facebook "Friends" World

“But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes ‘ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil”  (Matthew 5:37, New American Standard Version).   This was our memory verse last week in my Bible study. It’s one that I had memorized before, and one that I hold in very high esteem. I think this concept,… Continue reading Integrity in a Facebook "Friends" World

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Choosing Joy: Lowered Expectations

First, you should go read this. Go ahead; I’ll wait right here. Finished? I love what Heidi has to say about being the type of woman who wants to finish work before allowing herself to play. And trust me; I know her in real life. She is like that. Not rigidly so, but she does… Continue reading Choosing Joy: Lowered Expectations

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How to Help A Friend

Yesterday a friend of mine posted something like this on Facebook: “It has been a bad week. The kids were sick, so didn’t get to visit family out of state. We lost our health insurance. I am waiting in the hospital while my husband has his appendix taken out. It’s been stressful.” Immediately the responses… Continue reading How to Help A Friend

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2014: Choose Joy

My resolution, or goal, or one word, or what have you, for 2014 is “choose joy.” I have lost my joy. This was brought to my attention in a not insignificant way Monday morning, just as I was to leave the house for a much needed time away with God. I was going to go… Continue reading 2014: Choose Joy