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    Happy Siblings Day!

    It seems like these extra holidays just started appearing a few years ago. I don’t remember seeing anything about National Siblings day when I was growing up. However, I’m happy to pause and take a moment to celebrate the Fabulous Four (my siblings and I). Who else knows your dysfunctional family secrets and keeps them because there shared? Who else knows your embarrassing childhood moments and ignores your complicated temperament? Siblings push your buttons like no one else can, yet know one else better because they’ll have to answer to your siblings. My siblings are my best friends, my travel buddies, my go to confidantes, my advocates, and my mirror.…

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    Monday Musings: Believing in Fairy Tales

    As a little girl, I dreamed of being rescued by the handsome prince and living happily ever after. Now, I am secure in the knowledge that my “rescue” = salvation and my redemption was purchased on a bloody hill. Happily ever after is a choice. It is not based upon a man, a feeling, or material things (like castles, ball gowns, and barbie dream houses). I choose to believe in fairy tales because miracles happen every day. I choose to believe in fairy tales because I’m loved in spite of my flaws. I choose to believe in fairy tales because I keep experiencing “once upon a time” moments. What about…

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    Monday Musings: Laugh More

    You know that feeling you get when you’ve just had a full-on, tears streaming down your face belly laugh? The endorphins that rush through your body and the euphoric high are nature’s way of healing what ails you. Allow laughter to medicate your pain away instead of reaching for those other vices. #laughmore

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    Monday Musings: Live in the Now!

    I went through a season where I kept putting things off. I was waiting to buy a house, waiting to start writing, waiting until I felt more confident to accept certain speaking engagements. Then, a series of people close to me died. Death has a way of making you embrace life. I decided to stop waiting. To begin crossing things off my bucket list. Every day I make a conscious decision to enjoy the moment I am in now. Friends, Stop waiting on all your ducks to be in a row before you step out. Live in the NOW!

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    A Prayer for 2019

    I know what you’re thinking, “It’s nine days into the month and she’s just getting around to offering a prayer for the new year?” Well, I’ve been a bit busy. Moving, unpacking, visiting family and friends, holiday gatherings, unpacking more, preparing to travel again, re-packing, starting a blog, etc. Lots going on here. This sabbatical thing is harder than it looks. Especially for people who are wired like me. Anyway, I hope this prayer breaths fresh life into you today. God of wisdom we surrender this year to you. Before the foundations of the world, you knew us and called us by name. Every hair on our head is numbered…

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    My Grand Adventure

    “I can put you on medication, you can change your eating habits and adopt an exercise regiment; but ultimately it will be stress that kills you.” My doctor said these words to me last Spring. They were sobering. She mentioned health issues that have plagued my family for GENERATIONS! I was going down the same path, but at an accelerated rate because of stress. Stressful job + inability to say no + a conditioned “martyr” personality + circumstances that contributed to flimsy boundaries = CHANGE OF LIFESTYLE! I needed to make some radical changes in order to be well. So, here I am on the cusp of a new year.…

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    What is Shalom?

    Shalom is a Hebrew term that is rich in history and meaning. In its simplest form, it means peace, prosperity, harmony, wholeness, completeness, tranquility and welfare. However, in the Old Testament it assumed an interconnectedness between people, nature, and God. In the book Not the Way It’s Supposed to Be: A Breviary of Sin, author Cornelius Plantinga described the Old Testament concept of shalom: The webbing together of God, humans, and all creation in justice, fulfillment, and delight is what the Hebrew prophets call shalom. We call it peace but it means far more than mere peace of mind or a cease-fire between enemies. In the Bible, shalom means universal flourishing, wholeness and…