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    Making Space

    it is ill-advised to cram more into an already packed space. This is how things get damaged, chipped, and scarred. In order to receive you have to make space to do so. This is where regular purging comes in handy. I try to purge once a year. Usually in the week between Christmas and New Year. When I’m being more intentional, I purge as I head into Spring and the week mentioned above. However, this year I moved. Moving is a beast in and of itself. However, it does afford you the opportunity to purge. I got rid of SO MANY THINGS! Things that were old, unused, dusty, had cracks,…

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    Monday Musings: Keep Moving!

    Do you remember when you first learned to ride a bike? It seemed like a HUGE undertaking. Keeping your balance without the use of training wheels, trusting that your forward momentum would propel you – that was such a milestone! Now, most of us can ride on autopilot; even if we haven’t ridden in years. Albert Einstein says that life is kind of like that. If we only keep moving, we’ll retain, remember, or re-calibrate. In his letter to the church at Philippi, the Apostle Paul says it like this: I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my…

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    Reality Check

    As a child, we all had a picture of what our lives would look like when we grew up. I was a typical little girl who played house with Barbie and Ken and dreamed of beautiful, well-dressed children; a handsome husband; a big house; and a great job. At forty-four, 1 out of 4 of these has become a reality. In fact, I’ve had several great jobs. But, life hasn’t turned out how I imagined it would. I know I am not alone in this. There are people who are locked in perpetual disappointment because they can’t let go of the picture of how it was “supposed” to be. I…

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    Monday Musings: Drainy people

    Chances are you know a few people who drain the life out of you. These are the people you actively avoid. You dread it when their number shows up on your caller ID. There is always some drama, some woe-is-me story, some negative experience they want to share with you. We all know these type of people. But, do we recognize when we’ve BECOME these people. When the “drainy” person is you, are you aware of it? Let’s purpose in our hearts to be fountains this week. Be the person that gives, nourishes, and refreshes; instead of the one that sucks and leaves others dry and depleted.

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    My First Solo Travel Adventure

    Unexpected changes. Sickness. Cancellations. Two years ago, all of this led to the daunting realization that I would be alone in Niagara Falls to celebrate my birthday. As my birthday approaches once again, I pause to reflect on this life-changing event. I didn’t want to go by myself. Up until this time, traveling had always been a group adventure. I’d traveled with tour groups and I’d traveled with girlfriends. However, I’d NEVER traveled (apart from holidays to see family and work) by myself. One word changed all of this: NON-REFUNDABLE. Once I discovered that I couldn’t get my money back without a significant penalty, I determined in my heart to…

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    The Gift of Dance

    I’m not sure when it happened. I can’t place the exact time, moment, or event that took place. All I know is that one day I woke up and realized that I had lost my dance. So caught up in the mundane complexities of a life of service to others I sat in church one Sunday and realized that I hadn’t danced in YEARS. Yes, I said YEARS. For some of you, this will seem strange. However, I grew up in a culture, specifically a church culture, that used dance as an expression. An expression of joy, pain, victory, hope, praise, and thanksgiving. It wasn’t unusual to dance or “shout”…

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    Monday Musings: Release

    Definition of release transitive verb 1: to set free from restraint, confinement, or servitude 2: to relieve from something that confines, burdens, or oppresses 3: to give up in favor of another  intransitive verb: to move from one’s normal position (as in football or basketball) in order to assume another position or to perform a second assignment NOUN: 1: relief or deliverance from sorrow, suffering, or trouble 2a: discharge from obligation or responsibility b(1): relinquishment of a right or claim (2): an act by which a legal right is discharged specifically: a conveyance of a right in lands or tenements to another having an estate in possession 3a: the act or an instance of liberating or freeing (as from restraint) 4: the…

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    My Next Adventure

    I’m sunning on the beach in beautiful Punta Cana! Just checking in with you to say I hope you are enjoying life as much as I am. Take a moment and soak up the sun wherever you are today. I look forward to sharing my travel adventures in the Dominican Republic with you soon! SHALOM!

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    Monday Musings: The world is waiting

    I am humbled to think that I am a part of God’s great story of redemption. You should be as well. After all, He doesn’t just give us dreams, gifts, talents, and resources for our own benefits. He equips us so that we can be change agents in the world. You, my friend, are destined to participate with the God of the universe in His relentless quest to transform hearts and minds. Isn’t that amazing? Can you believe it? Can you embrace it?