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    The Emotional Healing Power Of Grace

    I love this quote by Neal A. Maxwell because it clarifies some things I’ve been feeling lately:   The disciple will be puzzled at times…But he persists. Later he rejoices over how wonderfully things fit together, realizing only then that, with God, things never were apart…When we have been weighed…

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    Heart Crafted: Connecting with Others in Meaningful Ways

    Nearly twenty years ago, I felt impressed to step outside my comfort zone and connect with the people around me in meaningful ways. As an introvert, I found this to be extraordinarily difficult. But I was up to the task.   Around that same time, God put into my heart…

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    A Toolbox For Life: A Call For Male Mentors

    Some time ago, a family friend offered to help my son fix his bicycle.   THE TOOLBOX Upon entering the friend’s workshop, my son’s eyes widened as he saw the array of equipment lining the walls: the toolboxes, work benches, and hand tools, each in its own special place. With…

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    Family Traditions: Making This Holiday Season A Special One

    He was from Germany. His English was limited, but he needed assistance, so he made his way to the church where my father led a congregation. After a short visit with the man, my father learned that he was alone in our country, his family still in Germany. After making…

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    In Good Company: Why Good Friends Tell You The Cold Hard Truth

    It was wrong, and I knew it, but I couldn’t resist…and that’s the cold hard truth. With a small spoon in the front pocket of my Jordache jeans and the crazed determination of a chocolate addict, I made my way around the large kitchen table into the claustrophobic laundry room…

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    A Birthday Card To My Best Friend

    August 19th was my best friend’s birthday. I celebrated her birthday like I do every year: in the Happiest Place on Earth. I feel closest to her there. * Melanie was pure light. We were friends in High School and throughout our early college years. We were roommates, too, which…

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    Nurturing Authentic Friendships With The Help Of God

    Relationships matter to God. Our relationship with Him, as well as our relationship with others, truly matter to Him. With His help, we can nurture relationships with the richest of feelings. When was the last time you experienced the hand of God in the mist of your relationships with family,…

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    Cowardly Clyde: Coming Out Of The Darkness And Into The Light

    LIVING IN DARKNESS Cowardly Clyde was a cowardly horse who was terrified to enter the dark woods. Ultimately, he gained confidence and courage and was able to enter the woods and pull out the dreadful monster that loomed there—a monster that dissipated into nothingness when exposed to the light. We,…

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    Authentic Connection: We Are All Brothers And Sisters

    A few nights ago, my neighbor, who attends a different church, is nearly 80-years-old and almost blind, made her way across the street after dark with oxygen in hand to knock on my door and ask me how I was doing. We sat in my living room for an hour…

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    Celebrate America: Patriotic Roundup

    July will be here before we know it and with it a desire for those in America to celebrate the birth of our nation—-Independence Day! Below are links to my favorite resources to inspire you and your family during our most patriotic month. Enjoy!   ** This post contains affiliate…