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Give God Joy

In this series we learned how we choose joy no matter what we face. Last weekend’s lesson flipped the script.

Proverbs 10:1 notes that “a wise son gives joy to his father, but a foolish one brings grief to his mother.” The question of the week is IF we are in fact God’s kids, do we give Him joy? 485 more words

You're Not Too Old

No matter how old you are, there is always time to chase a new dream. Set a new goal.

I have always joked, semi-seriously, that I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up.   452 more words

3 things we can learn from petunias

When I was a little girl, my grandma called me “Petunia.”

For that reason, this kind of flower will always be special to me. When springtime rolled around, it was a no-brainer that I’d be planting petunias. 592 more words

Mental Health

Grab a Snickers

“Unless we make it a habit to give thanks, we habitually give our family grief”

Ann Voskamp

I hate when something is my fault, unless it is a good thing, but we tend to only throw blame for the bad. 211 more words


Lessons from my father's deathbed: the art of dying well

I was with my dad when he died.

We all stood in this circle, holding hands. At least I think we were holding hands. But some of that, the small details, are starting to slip away. 1,092 more words


I am what I choose to become

I stepped into a red and black “Spandex-y” thing and back in time, to 2003 – the last time I wore it, a swimsuit.

That year, I went out on a limb and joined my high school’s winning water polo team. 1,264 more words

Mental Health

When the Fear Dragon Buries Your Dreams in the Dirt

I have so many things on my body at any given time that remind me to stop being afraid.

I have a runners bracelet that says “Live Fearlessly.” 950 more words