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Grief & Loss

Reflections

Well, single mom, it’s that time of year…CHRISTMAS. Everywhere you look you see festive lights twinkling in the night, Salvation Army volunteers ringing their bells, and TV commercials

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Building Character

Good Grief

Let’s talk about a time when I almost lost my mind in a church parking lot and what that has to do with Jesus letting his friend die. 

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Building Character

Are You Living in a Locust Season?

While sitting on my back porch the other night with my two granddaughters, they were mesmerized by the buzzing sound in the trees. It was so loud we

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Building Character

What if There is No Other Way?

It’s likely the last six months of my life have been more difficult than anything I’ve encountered in the last 18 years. I wasn’t sure I would emotionally

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Grief & Loss

Queen of the Cemetery

I strolled the tree lined paths of the small-town cemetery. The same trail I dawdled along many years ago as flower assistant to my grandmother in the ritual

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Emotions

It Is Well

I have a sign that hangs right outside my bedroom. It’s the first thing I see every morning and it’s the last thing I see every evening. I

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Grief & Loss

The Day My Life Changed Forever

I was sound asleep when my husband came to the room.  “I’ve done something awful,” he began. I tried to shake off the grogginess as the details began

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Grief & Loss

Will I Ever Get Beyond “This?”

You’re likely reading this blog post because you wrestle with an emotion that torments you or will not leave you alone for a lickety-slit-second! I get that! For

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Grief & Loss

EMBRACE

I’ve never been one of those gals who has a “word” chosen for each new year. But one day several months after a new year had started, a

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