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Thursday, February 2, 2017

The best kept secret to “having it all.”

Listen to the audio version of this post here. I’ve turned some sort of imaginary corner. Imaginary because I can’t see it and have no marked day that it happened. But something has happened nonetheless. I hadn’t planned on writing about it because it’s difficult to describe. But that’s a writer’s job. To put into, as few and concise words as...

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Friday, January 27, 2017

The non-cheesy secret to a life of hope and joy.

Listen to the audio version of this post here. I’m beginning to learn the secret to hope and joy is not what I once thought it was. It’s not about comparing yourself to those around you. It’s not about staying super busy just to prove you can. It’s not about blaming your boss, or spouse, or circumstances, or God. It’s not about hiding under...

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Saturday, January 21, 2017

Can too much “Jesus” talk be a bad thing?

You can listen to the audio version of today’s post here. Yesterday, while I was taking down my Christmas decorations (Yes, on January 20th, please don’t judge me), I listened to a new podcast. The God Journey is comprised of two friends chatting it up in a laid back style about religiosity that doesn’t work and Relationship that does. On yesterday’s episode, Wayne...

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

You can’t believe everything you hear.

You know that thing you’ve always heard is true about you? Maybe it’s not.   My son started 6th grade at a very unique school in the fall. They follow the college model. Students attend class two days a week to get instruction, receive assignments, and take tests. They work at home the other three days to follow up their learning. It gives a...

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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Back to Life as usual. Or is it?

Christmas break is officially over and it’s life as usual. Or is it? We had a happy holiday. Family. Food. A trip away. No set schedule. All is mostly well. Except that… I didn’t know how much I was dreading “life as usual” until last night. I woke up to a wet kiss on the cheek at 12:30 a.m. My son stood over and...

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Friday, December 23, 2016

Christmas: the thing I’m probably not supposed to say

It’s been a wonderful, rattling, sleepless, somber, uncertain, miraculous, humbling week.   Wonderful. 10:18 p.m. Sunday night. A Dallas interception to stop Tampa Bay on the last drive and deliver the win.  Present. At AT&T Stadium with my son. And our fantastic friends who surprised us with tickets just a few weeks before. An answer to prayer I didn’t even know I’d been...

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Friday, December 16, 2016

The biggest obstacle between you and that thing you most need to do

Waking up to the fact. When I woke up Monday morning and tried to swallow, it was the kind of half swallow that doesn’t get the job done and sounds like popcorn in your eardrums. I felt something akin to hot coals sliding down the back of my throat. “Noooooooo!” I whined as I came to awareness. I hadn’t been...

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Friday, December 9, 2016

Stressed and stretched is no way live. Let’s change it.

In my mind’s eye, I saw something strange.   I was standing in the laundry room. The idea of it made me put down the Fruit of the Looms I was folding. There was a colored parachute, the kind we used in middle school P.E. It was pulled taut in all directions. Being shimmied and shaken at the edges so that the...

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Thursday, December 1, 2016

Screw goal setting. I’m doing this instead.

I didn’t know why I was so upset, then it hit me… My son and I were headed to a friend’s home for a visit. She had received some alarming results on a cat scan a few days before Thanksgiving. We were praying and standing firm that additional reports would be positive. But this was a time of waiting. Of not...

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Friday, November 25, 2016

When you want to quit, it’s a sign something needs to change.

It was just last Saturday, warmish and sunny outside but cold and gray on my insides. I put my headset on and joined the call. My friends couldn’t see me, but I sat, shoulders slumped, at a rustic kitchen table in a cabin near the woods. Neither the idyllic setting nor my group of wonderful writer friends could distract me from the demon I’d been fighting....

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