Upgrading My To-Do List

Last May I was sitting at my Wednesday morning mom’s group table while we discussed our summer plans. I was chewing on some sweet kale salad and listening to other moms talk about free beaches and “music in the park”, when it hit me: Mom’s group can’t end! I will lose everything. My friends. My…
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Life with Limits

“Live Life With No Limits!” The motivational poster yelled this message at me every time I went to the gym to workout. Which was irritating, because nothing reminds me of my limits as quickly as trying to work out. I mean, I’m good at walking. You get me on a treadmill with a good 2.3…
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Just a Mom

There was once a time when I thought I would one day change the world, like by becoming Mother Theresa or something (minus the nun part. I had always liked boys too much for that “habit” – ha!). I thought maybe I would solve the world’s hunger crisis, or write a best selling novel that would impact…
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Grace For Snow Days

It came at 9:59 pm. The text notification that school would be cancelled yet again. I groaned. I sighed. Another snow day! We’d just had four days of cancelled school a few weeks prior which, combined with sickness, had me and my kids cooped up in the house together for eight straight days. If I’m…
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A Hot Mess

A hot mess. That’s what I feel like most days. I am one hot mess of a mom…more of a mess than hot, but still. Parenting is so much more challenging than I thought it would be. I do not seem to possess the overflowing fountain of peace, patience, and sweetness that most moms have…
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I’m Fasting What?

Fasting is a challenging thing for me. For health reasons, I can’t do a true fast. I’ve tried. It’s hard for me to accept that because my husband fasts. He’s a ridiculously spiritual faster, having done several 40 days fasts and many shorter ones. This January, when my church was doing the annual beginning of…
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Defiant Hope

In the movie, How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, the main character is a writer, and her editor boss finally tells her, “Congratulations, Andy! Your last article shows me you’re ready to be unleashed. From now on, feel free to write about anything!” Andy: Anything? Editor: Wherever the wind blows you. Andy: Even…
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A Community of Healers

The house was overflowing as the crowd tried to hear Jesus. Four men were carrying their friend on a mat. He was paralyzed. They desperately wanted to get him to Jesus. There seemed to be no way, but these friends would not be stopped. They climbed on the roof, tore back the tiles, and lowered…
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Walk with God in the Garden

“How are you doing these days, honey?” “Things are really good, Dad. I feel like I’m finally getting a handle on motherhood. Avery is finally sleeping better, but after this past year of health problems, I feel like I’m just holding my breath waiting for the next thing.” It was spring of 2014, and I…
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In Sickness and in…Sickness

I used to pride myself on not getting sick. “I’m so healthy and full of probiotic homemade juices!” I would announce internally (and sometimes to the Jamba Juice lady who was pouring my health into a cup). Then I had kids. And all of that awesomeness went out the window. You just can’t stay healthy…
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