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Nov
05

A Tribute to My Daughter

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My little girl, Kara Beth, is 28 today. The years have flown by. I remember the excitement of knowing I was pregnant, the thrill of knowing my baby was a girl, the moment of first hearing her heartbeat, the joy of her arrival. And now here we are so many years later, she and I. I am her mom when she needs, and how I love that role and yet we have grown, evolved, changed. We are friends as well.

When she was born, I worried that I wouldn’t know how to parent a girl; the hairbows, the frilly, the emotions. I distinctly remember seeing her become her own self, toddling around with my necklaces and girly stuff, and I knew my fears were needless.

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My life journey has taught me about relationships. What I now know about healthy relationships reflects years of good, bad, and ugly relationships. Relationships can build us up or tear us down. Relationship mistakes can leave us shipwrecked, damaged, drained, and generally just off course. Here are a few principles I’ve learned throughout the years. 

1. We were made for relationships. In the very beginning, God said that it wasn’t good for man to be alone, and He later established His church and pictured it as a body in which all the parts need each other.  

2. Good relationships require work. Just like a productive garden requires weeding, feeding, and watering, a good relationship will need attending to.  

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Jul
24

It’s Not About the Nail

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Throughout the years, my husband and I have repeated versions of this scene over and over. I would endeavor to explain how I felt about some issue, the anger, the pain, the disappointment. And Eddie, being a very linear thinker, would assume, falsely, that I wanted a solution when in fact what I wanted was just for him to listen. To empathize. To feel my heart. To allow me to explore how I felt. Why I felt it. And just to sort out all the emotions as I talked through it. For me, the process allowed me to clarify my feelings and decide how to respond.

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Apr
18

Are You Enough?

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And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and they were not ashamed. Genesis 2:25

If you pause long enough to allow those words to penetrate your heart, you might just conclude that they are among some of the most powerful words in the Bible.

God’s original design.

God’s intention.

No shame.

Authenticity.

No hiding.

And yet, we’ve fallen far.

Not just in the area of marriage but in all our relationships.

When’s the last time you faced the monster called shame? My guess is that it was probably not that long ago.

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Mar
11

One on One with God

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One of the perks of my job is that I get to spend one on one time with individuals. Time when my job demands that I listen, with both my ears and my heart. Time when I not only listen, but I watch. Watch for body language that speaks a myriad of truths ranging from fear, to grief, to anger, to joy. Time to say, “You matter,” I’m sorry for your pain,” “You are important,” and more. 

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