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Books That Change Lives

If you haven’t noticed yet, I’m an avid reader. And when I find something that I feel has really changed my life and has the power to change others, I tend to shout it from the rooftops. I’ve already shared a couple of book recommendations for you, but I’m certain that anyone that knows me well, knows the one book that has had the most profound effect on my adult life. If you haven’t yet had a chance to read

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Observations from a Week of Daily Blog Posts

I’ll start by saying it’s definitely harder than I thought. Here’s the thing – I have no problem carving out the 30 minutes to write from my heart. And it feels great. But what I write down in my journal is not always something I’d want to put on my blog. So I find myself sort of censoring my writing making sure it’s okay for public consumption. Which, while not what I intended, is really good practice for me. I’m

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Some Days You Just Need to Rest

I’ve been writing and posting to my blog now for 6 days. Today is the first day that I got my morning started and thought “Oh no – what am I going to write about today?” A good friend reminded me this morning at my Bible study that it doesn’t need to be long to be complete. My post today will be a short and sweet reminder that it’s not only okay but necessary that we all find time to pause

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Coloring Prayers? (Or What’s a Mandala and Why Do You Want Me to Color it?)

Have you been bitten by the coloring bug? Coloring books are everywhere! As an artist myself, I loved watching the mania unfold. So, imagine my delight when I got my hands on this book called “Praying with Mandalas” this past December. You see, many years ago when I was finishing yoga teacher training (yes I did that, too…) I attended a mandala creation workshop. LONG before anyone considered coloring a “thing.” And quite frankly, when a lot of people thought of mandalas

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The Power of Community, Part 1

God never intended for us to live in isolation. Part of feeling and being fully alive – actually, a huge part – is the relationships you form with others and being part of a community of people. Your community may look very different from mine, but at the core, there are more similarities than differences. A common thread runs through all communities – relationships and support. As an introvert and someone who tends to battle my own share of mental

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Putting It All in God’s Hands…

One habit that I developed this year is reading this incredible book (that half the world has read, except me, apparently) called Jesus Calling, by Sarah Young. My friend Michelle told me about this book about 5 years ago. It only took me until this January to finally check it out. It’s profound and speaks to me in a way no other book has. For those unfamiliar with the book, the devotions are written as if Jesus were talking to

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Every Day?

What in the world am I going to write about When I decided to dive into this I set some guidelines for myself. I’m a big fan of different spiritual practices and sharing them with others. Here are the 3 things I’ll use as a “guideline” for my daily posts: Where did I see God in the past 24-hours? This is a practice known as “Daily Examen.” Or, for my more VBS literate friends, it could also be called

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Meditation with a Pen: Day 1

I’m blessed to be surrounded by some really great people in my life – both those that live close by and those in all corners of the U.S. Several of those people are writers, like myself, and serve as sources of encouragement in my craft. Two of my friends have recently started their own personal writing challenge. I’ve sat back and watched how this challenge is transforming them in all areas of their life and I’m inspired. One of my

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We Need Some Radical Empathy

There is so much strife all around us right now. Anger, bitterness, and hatred seem to be finding their way into every day as we move through this post-election time. If you’re upset about the results of the election and don’t know what to do or how to process it, I encourage you to pause and then look around you. What can you do from where you are to help enact positive change? NO positive act is too small. Do

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Ponderings from the Almost Empty Nest

empty nest, emptynesting, college

As my youngest child prepares to leave for college in a mere two weeks, (yikes!) I find myself with a myriad of emotions. Of course, there’s some sadness, some anxiety – will she be okay? Let’s get real – will I be okay? The five million “what ifs.” But more than that is an underlying feeling of great excitement for both of us. I’m excited for her and the new world of opportunities and experiences that are about to open

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