Category: encouragement

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Thrive

It always takes me a few weeks into a new year to choose my “word” for the year. I have to kind of settle in, take inventory of my life and its direction, and...

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A Smile, A Hug, A Moment

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”- Maya Angelou

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Not This Time

When we were approached about possibly hosting a group of teens this past weekend for a conference, my initial response was the usual. I had tons of excuses why we shouldn’t do it. Among...

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Our World, Our Neighborhood

We recently traveled to Italy.  As I scribbled furiously in my travel journal, I began to notice some similarities that our countries share. Although there are vast differences between our languages, topography, transportation and...

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Splashes of Kindness; Waves of Compassion

We watched as my sister hesitantly pushed her daughter’s wheelchair toward the edge of the swimming pool. Several of us had tried to explain to my niece the reasons why this might not be...

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A House is not a Home

I watched through the window as the inspector scribbled furiously on his legal pad. A loose piece of flashing here, some cracked plaster there. I sat in the family room soaking in the scene,...

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Stop and Think. Stop. Think. Repeat.

My husband and I sat through most of the night with a friend that we have known for many years –  his new wife at his side. The harsh reality is that our friend...

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Crave!

Recently I have seen quite a few posts on social media regarding a personal “word of the year.” The concept is to choose a word at the beginning of each year that you will...