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Stay With Me

Stay With Me

This past week, the lights went out in my daughter’s room, and it has not been an easy fix.  She has no problem with that, though, because it means she doesn’t have to sleep in her own room, which she is absolutely thrilled about. While her brothers […]

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God Is Here

God Is Here

The evening before the birth of my second child, I went into a “nesting” phase, that time of urgency to clean and organize to prepare for my new baby. I had decided that our bedroom needed a splash of character, so I had bought a few frames […]

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Trust Beyond Borders

Trust Beyond Borders

The following is an excerpt from my prayer journal written last month: “Dear God, I have been having stomach pain for the past 3-4 days.  Everything I eat is causing me discomfort.  So, I’m hungry because I am afraid to eat anything as it will lead to discomfort. […]

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Lean On Me

Lean On Me

Earlier this week, my mom needed a medical procedure performed at a facility, but the water levels were rising in Houston. Hurricane Harvey was leaving devastation in its path.  Although her home was dry, the streets were flooded to a point that made travel dangerous.  She had no […]

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Terrible or Terrific .. You Choose

Terrible or Terrific .. You Choose

Words are pretty powerful, aren’t they? When my oldest daughter was three years old, I was struggling with how to address her behavior. One could often hear me saying, “First, the terrible two’s. Now, the terror three’s. I don’t know what to do!!” I had heard about […]

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Be Happy!

Be Happy!

“Did you hear that they’re having a sale that ends today?”  “You’ve got to buy this…you’ll be so happy you invested in it!”  “They’re running out of this style…get it right away!”    Phrases like these put a fire under our feet, and if we can’t get our hands on the latest and […]

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Fighting Fire

Fighting Fire

There is a fire station on my way to work, and while I wait at the long light for the train to pass by, I have the opportunity to watch the morning routine of the firefighters there. In those early morning hours at the station,  the ladder of […]

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Wholehearted Devotion

Wholehearted Devotion

As the pastor’s daughter, I had the honor to play many roles at our church.  Before the congregation would trickle in, our family would set up the pews with the appropriate books, choose the songs for worship, and get the projector ready for Sunday School. At about […]

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It’s a Date!

It’s a Date!

With young children, it takes effort to stay connected with my husband. The morning rush tests our patience. We hunt for matching socks, grab school snacks, and scramble to get everyone in their car seats before heading out of the garage. And, oh! Is it Monday? We […]

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No fair!

No fair!

My three-year-old son just recently got into the habit of saying, “It’s not fair!” I thought to myself, “He’s only three, and it’s just begun…”  You know, the back-and-forth, “she got that, he got this, why didn’t I get those shoes, why didn’t she need to clean […]

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