He Made Me Smile

I will strengthen you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.ISAIAH 41:10B I put my car in reverse to leave my best friend’s house as I do most weeks. Every time I look in the rearview mirror, I say out loud, “I am not sad. I am not sad. I am not sad.” Today was different, though. Her disease has progressed much more, and as I put the c...
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Internal Messages - Truth or Lie?

OUR INTERNAL RECEIVERS pick up messages as we move through life. These “messages” shape our perception of who we think we are. Was there a certain kid who teased you as a child, a negative statement repeated from a family member or friend? Or perhaps you suffered some type of abuse. How did your mind interpret those internal messages or events i...
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Falling Through the Cracks

February, 1956 I had just arrived at the state office and was immediately sent out on my next social work case: four children, abandoned in a shack, tied up with ropes, and bleeding. When no one responds to my knock, trembling, I slowly open the front door and step inside. Gasping at the stench, I cover my mouth in disbelief. Newspapers are scat...
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Let it Go... Forgiveness: The Key to Joy

Bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you.LUKE 6:28 ESV FOR MANY PEOPLE, FORGIVENESS IS A PHENOMENON. A real mystery. It boggles the human mind. Where does one find the strength to offer such a gift of grace to another human being? The world watched in awe when forgiveness poured from the hearts of nine parishioners impacted by the...
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Slow the Pace to Win the Race

REMEMBER THE TORTOISE AND THE HARE STORY? The Hare tore out of the starting gate like a bat out of you know where, causing him to lose the race. The tortoise moved at a much slower, steady pace and eventually won the race. Hurrying our way through life never accomplishes anything but more hurry, and in the wake of hurry, we tend to leave scatter...
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You Are Enough! Believing God's Truth Instead of Your To-Do List

THE CLOCK SCREAMED AT ME. There was no alarm, and no actual screaming, but as I looked at the numbers, I was reminded of all the times my mom used both my first and middle name. Hearing her yell, “Rebecca Anne,” meant I was in trouble. Not just any trouble, but big trouble — the kind of trouble I couldn’t charm my way out of — the kind of troubl...
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Delivered Through Not From

I WAS NUMB, but deep inside I knew what he was talking about. “What do you mean by ‘nodule?’”, I asked my Gastroenterologist. I had to know but wasn’t sure I wanted to. The unthinkable for the majority of males over 50 was happening to me, and by June 11, 2016, it was confirmed: I had prostate cancer. Frustration was the first word that came to ...
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Beach Meanderings

There’s a calm that comes with the vastness of the ocean view. I take to the beach in search of some serious alone time—pushing the pause button on life to relax and reflect. 
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Launching our Children with Love

Many parents struggle with their children’s transition to young adulthood. Sometimes — and I’m speaking from parental experience — it’s hard to let go. We want to help them. We want to give them what we didn’t have when we were their age. But, in all of our wants, are we hindering them from growing up and being responsible?
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