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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…

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    Meet Your Neighbors: An Adventure Awaits

    Meet your neighbors.   It sounds intimidating.   Trust me–I know!   As an introvert, I get all nervous and shaky inside when it comes to introducing myself to strangers.   Nervous as Peter Rabbit in Mr. McGregor’s vegetable garden. Shaky as a lone brittle leaf hanging from a gnarled…

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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…

  • Jesus Peace

    The Peace That Comes From Abiding In God

    Not long ago, just as the clock struck midnight, an earth-shattering revelation, made by someone I love more than life itself, threatened to turn my entire world upside-down. Yet, I felt completely at peace. The crushing blow that had the potential to alter the trajectory of my life, from this…

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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…