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We Are Such A Plastic Family

When my daughter was around 14, she made a statement in response to something I was trying to explain about why we did what we did in our family. She said, “Mom, we are such a plastic family.” I was was confused by her words. She went on to explain that we were just so stiff and uptight. This is not how “real” families did stuff. Why can’t we live like other families? What’s wrong […]

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Gaslighting: Defined & Defeated

I have recently had a name put to what I just thought were lies I was believing about who I was and what I was capable of that flowed from my past abuse. It is called gaslighting. It flows from a movie in the 1940’s where a man did something in the attic to the lights in the house so they would dim from time to time. When his wife would ask him if he […]

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Healing is a Journey

When I look over my life, from when I was abused as a teen to the present, I can easily see how the Lord was working and using everything to root out self-focus, cause me to seek Him, and use me to help others in the process. Healing is a journey. However, in the MIDDLE of that journey, all I could see was a trail of wreckage behind me and a lot of unanswered questions […]

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A Holiness You Can Count On

I wake up and my first thought is how much I hurt – grumbling and complaining about getting old. Then I roll out of bed, and grimace as gravity works – in my back, hips, knees, and feet. I trip over my dog Charlie who wants me to pet him and then let him out – in that order. I mutter at him as I grab my housecoat, I stiffly walking to the kitchen for […]

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Gazing Upon His Beauty Brings Freedom

God has really been pointed lately in impressing on me the glory of Him alone. He has been convicting me of my tendency to neglect to stop and gaze into His awesomeness, His holiness, His perfect otherness. It could be influenced by the sermon series at our church in Exodus and how God revealed Himself to Moses, poured out His power and wrath on Pharaoh’s Egypt, the setting of His people Israel free through the […]

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Things to Be Thankful for When Life is Not Perfect

I woke up this morning wondering what to write to encourage you this week as you head into the season of celebrations with family and friends and co-workers, baking and travel. I am not going home since my husband is lowest on the totem pole of seniority at his work for taking the day after Thanksgiving off, combined with the reality that my closest family is a 10 hour drive one way. This is hard […]

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