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    What’s Your Story? Blog Series #1

    Welcome! Each Wednesday I’ll be posting a new edition of the What’s Your Story? Blog Interview Series.   The purpose of the What’s Your Story series is to give you a sneak peek into the lives of others, to encourage you to discover the stories of the people that surround…

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    Let Your Light So Shine: Sharing God with the World

    “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” (Matthew 5:16)   A NEW WAY TO SHINE In my mind’s eye, this verse has always been service-oriented, as in, do a kind act, or be a good…

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    Noticing Patterns of Love and Loneliness in our Children

    “Good morning, class,” I said to the children seated around me. “Beginning today, we’re going to try something new.” I had captured their attention and now all eyes were on me.   Within each teacher lies the power to change the trajectory of the world—one student, one simple idea at…

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    A Mother’s Place Is In The Home

    Growing up in a small town, I was your average American kid. I had everything a young girl could ever want: interesting hobbies, a fun group of friends, and an education (which I didn’t appreciate at the time, but sure do now!) Oh, and I had my family.   MY…

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    Self-Care: Personalized Daily Downtime and Self-Reflection

    Self-care is crucial to living an authentic life, yet it was no secret—I was burnt out! With my busy schedule and seemingly endless list of demands, my days were filled with nothing but go-go-go, and my health was beginning to take note—in the worst possible way. Physically, I was exhausted.…

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    Getting Through The Hard Times: You Are Not Alone

    “How can we get through hard times?” she asked the class. My friend was leading Sunday’s discussion in our class of 7 & 8-year-olds. “Have you ever experienced something that was hard?” she continued. Hands shot up all around us as each child shared their experience of hard times, as…

  • Trials Are Blessings: How To Create A Masterpiece Life

    Trials are blessings, I was reminded today, as I painted watercolor flowers. Let me explain.   NEW TECHNIQUES Painting relaxes me and helps to clear my mind of unwanted thoughts and emotions. As an amateur painter, I learn as I go. Today I learned more about paintbrushes and the strokes…

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    How To Host A Tea Party Discussion In Your Home

    Last year my girls and I hosted our first Tea Party Discussion. We invited a few friends and neighbors to our home and kept the preparation simple. TEA PARTY DETAILS The girls decorated the tables with fresh flowers and handmade place cards, which added a personalized touch to the room.…

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    20 Simple Ways To Keep Your Mental Health In Check

    AN UNHEALTHY MIND This morning I awoke with a sensation I haven’t felt in a while. My brain didn’t feel right. I had neglected to use simple ways to keep my mental health in check. My central nervous system was out of whack. While my body was strong, my mind…