Amazing Love

Those three little words: I love you. Sometimes they’re tossed out casually as someone is rushing out the door. Sometimes they’re used as justification for abuse or maltreatment. Sometimes they’re empty, clearly not backed by actions. And sometimes… Sometimes they’re everything.

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Salt of the Earth

Anyone else have picky eaters in their house? My oldest has been a continual challenge. When he was around five, there were only about five things he would eat. Anything else would make him gag or we would have to fight over, and it just wasn’t worth it to me. I figured we could be patient in introducing new things little by little.

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Stay Strong

There's a new song out on the radio right now by Christian artist Danny Gokey. It's called, "Stay Strong." The first part of the chorus goes like this:

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Be the Change

I possibly spend too much time on Facebook. Not much time in a row, but I do check it frequently throughout the day. It's the only social media venue I participate in. I use it not only to keep track of old friends but also to keep up on issues I care about. I follow at least four different immigration advocacy pages, as well as a few apologetics sites, a few churches, and a few of my favorite authors and inspirational speakers.

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Falling into the Trap

I have never understood the draw of escape rooms. They seem to be quite popular. I recently even saw Joanna Gaines post a photo of herself stuck in an escape room (she didn't look very happy about it, either). It's not my thing. I don't like the idea of being trapped. 

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Actions Speak Louder

The gospel of Luke tells us Jesus started His ministry by entering the synagogue and reading from the scroll of the book of Isaiah. He read these words:

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It is Well with My Soul

I had an "out of the mouth of babes" moment a couple of weeks ago. I was driving in the car with my six-year-old in the back seat. The song "Gonna Be Alright" by Ryan Ellis came on KLove. The chorus of the song says, "Everything's gonna be alright, everything's gonna be alright. You hold me in Your arms, until the storm is gone."

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I See the Pain You Carry

A few months ago, I was having lunch with a friend of mine. It had been a while since we had met together, so we were catching each other up on everything that had transpired since the previous visit. I was sharing about my plans to start seminary, and how surprised I was that the experiences of the past few years led me here. Talking about my time walking away from the church - and the events leading up to that time - made emotions well up. 

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Know Whose You Are

I have two boys. I wouldn't say that I have particularly tried to push gender roles on them, but they are very much boys. They like traditional boy things. And they reject things that are too "girly".

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I am the 19%

On Monday, June 1st, 2020, former president Trump made a speech in the Rose Garden in regards to the death of George Floyd and the subsequent protests and rioting that were spreading not only across the country, but around the world. While he began by saying that “justice will be served” for Floyd and his family, Trump then declared himself “your president of law and order.” He criticized the states and local governments for not doing more about the rioting, calling it “domestic terrorism.” He firmly stated that he intended to send out the National Guard and even the US Military if necessary to “end it now.”

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"Why does this country hate us so much?"

When we moved here six years ago, I had a newborn and a toddler. I was blessed to be in the position of not needing to work right away, so I took some time to stay home with the kids. I put my toddler in preschool two mornings a week to give baby and I some one-on-one time. One of those mornings when baby was about nine months old, I was browsing the internet and saw an article about the "No Tolerance" policy being enacted on the border.

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