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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…

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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 keep my mental health in check. My central nervous system was out of whack. While my body was strong, my mind was not. I recognized…

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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…

  • 25 Simple Ways to Warm the Hearts of Family, Friends, and Community

    After a heart-wrenching week of record-breaking violence and death in our country, I came across the following comment online:   “the world surely needs their hearts warmed. I look at what has happened in the last week in Ohio and Texas, and I certainly cannot discredit the notion that exposure…

  • Nurturing authentic friendships with the help of God

    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…