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fear, God's light, golden rule, judgment, living for real, love, make a difference, pain, real life, sin / 01.12.2015

  I’m embarrassed to be in the same camp as people who take drastic measures in the name of Christ. I view the world as a mash of colors and swirls and lots of grays; and though I want to so badly see sharp corners and stark differences and clear blacks and whites, I repeatedly fail in those efforts.   What do we in the Church fear? Why are we afraid of people who think differently than we do? Why do we respond with dogmatism and draw precise lines between wrong...

beauty, bible, blessings, coffee, God's light, living for real, perspective, repost, thanksgiving / 20.11.2015

All through November, I hear of things which people are thankful. Some common selections are: parents, children, job, husband, house, food, friends. It’s a healthy exercise in gratitude.   Of course, we should acknowledge all the positives in our lives. The discipline of speaking and writing them trains our minds to see more of the good around us.   When I was first married, I kept a gratitude journal. Each morning, I wrote five things I considered blessings. In just a few days, I ran out of the big ticket items –...

adolescence, beauty, coffee, contentment, crying, death, depression, kids, living for real, pain, suicide / 11.11.2015

  Woke up this morning to the obnoxious bell tower tone from the alarm on my phone. Before falling asleep, I had tossed the phone to the other side of the room so there was no chance of snoozing when the alarm sounded at 4:45. I needed to be completely upright because a friend was on her way over for a walk.   As I shook the fuzz out of my head and shuffled toward the coffee, I seriously questioned my decision to stay up so late turning pages of a...

balanced life, crying, disappointment, fear, kids, living for real, marriage, pain, past, perspective / 05.11.2015

  My kids didn’t have school on Monday. My husband forgot the kids didn’t have school on Monday. I got mad at him for that horrible transgression. How could he have overlooked something I added to his calendar? Seriously! Have you ever heard of anything so awful?   We live and die by our calendars, and he misses about one out of every 300 things, so I really had no reason to be upset.   I was kinda rude to him when he left for work and I immediately felt guilty, so I...

addiction, death, some things you keep, suicide / 30.10.2015

(a story from Some Things You Keep) It was a Thursday morning. I went to work for my first day at a temporary job in an extremely unorganized office. File folders littered the floor and were stacked on top of desks and cabinets.   I was stashed in a room with three desks. Two were taken by a man and a woman who had seemingly, judging from all their gossip and inside jokes, worked together for years in that stifling office. They gave me a three-minute tutorial on how to manually...