Category Archives: growing pains

the sun, the moon, and shooting stars

In these winter months sunshine means so much. It brings warmth, hope, and sweet light to our days. The sun as an object has the power and energy to change the atmosphere, time from night to day, to grow plants, … Continue reading

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speaking

This week has gone by slowly and I have reached my limit on speaking. My job requires me to speak throughout the day and by the time I leave, I feel like my words have completely been drained. I don’t … Continue reading

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fickle hearts and the Cross

During this Christmas season, one would think that drawing near to Christ was easy. There are concerts, gatherings, gift-exchanges, cookie exchanges, craft shows, the annual production of the Nutcracker, and of course, Church services. How can a person miss Christ? … Continue reading

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full price or clearance

I have a dear friend who struggles with trust. The hurts she has experienced have left her believing that she is not worthy of being a priority in someone else’s life. She is apologetic when she has to ask for … Continue reading

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coffee grinders

My mom has a couple antique coffee grinders at her house.The mechanism is simple, coffee goes into the cup at the top of the grinder and when you turn the handle the gears grind the beans into the waiting drawer underneath. … Continue reading

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Already beautiful

Creating my hexagon quilt has been a labor of love. Each piece has been hand-sewn to the others. By the time I am finished, I will have used over a mile of thread to put it together. Seeing the quilt … Continue reading

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swallowed up

Today I spoke with a man who was struggling with many losses. He spoke and I listened as he told of loss after loss, worry and wonder at how he would find any kind of help. At the end of … Continue reading

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take heart

To feel encouraged: Take heart. You’ll be done soon, and you won’t have to think about this paper ever again. (Definition of “take heart” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press). Some days seem more difficult than others, … Continue reading

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So what? So that…

My world is full of people of different sizes, shapes colors, choices, actions. Some are Christians, some Jewish, some Muslim, some agnostic, some atheist. I don’t look at the categories they fit in, I look at them. I see their … Continue reading

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In Your name

I am finishing the book For the Love, by Jen Hatmaker. It has been a good reminder to not grow complacent in my faith, letting it grow lukewarm. But I don’t just want to walk away from the book thinking that … Continue reading

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