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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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    Broken: We All Have Both Hidden Wounds And Hidden Strength

    It was broken, of that I was certain.   My arm, grasped firmly by my friend, throbbed at the pressure being forced against it.   A group of long-time neighborhood friends had gathered in the middle of the street to play a game of Red Robin.   Two teams facing…

  • Grace and Mercy

    The Bonds We Share: Grace and Mercy

    The apostle Paul knew what it was like to be bound. He was familiar with physical bonds and prison walls. So he was qualified to speak something on the matter. He taught: “Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember…

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    Freeing Ourselves Of Barnacles: Learning How To Forgive

    THE BARNACLES IN OUR LIVES   He was a sailor. He loved the oceanĀ and the ships on which he sailed. And despite the rough and temperamental seas, he always managed to arrive home safely. He was my children’s hardworking and adventurous great-grandfather, Benjamin O. Of all the threats to a…

  • Authentic life

    31 Days To An Authentic Life

    Welcome to 31 Days to an Authentic Life!   Authenticity. We crave it. We long for relationships that are authentic–genuine, real, true– but are often unsure how to go about creating them.   How does one actually LIVE an authentic life on a day-to-day basis with the people in their…