6 Simple Attitudes and Actions to Stay Close with Those You Love When They Choose a Different New Normal

Gene and I went to Lowe’s a couple of weekends ago. It was a mish-mosh of some people wearing masks and others walking around like they had never heard of the coronavirus. This weekend we went to our niece and nephew’s high school graduation party. My sister did a great […]

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Virtual Bible Study–Week 6–Doing Relationships Well in the Midst of a Pandemic

  The past few weeks have been a challenge in many ways and especially in our relationships. Many of us have lots of time with the same people while desperately missing others. And as such, we have not been the best version of ourselves. We don’t have access to the […]

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Virtual Bible Study Week 4–What Do You Want Your New Normal to Look Like?

Lesson:Scriptures For This Week’s Lesson: Jeremiah 29:1-14 Jeremiah 17:7-8 Proverbs 21:1   Emily Bedwell is so good to put into words what we are feeling and thinking. She posted this last week and is perfect for what we are discussing today—especially the first paragraph. Thank you, Emily!   What are […]

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Why I’m Starting a New Volume in My Life

I always want to stay positive but real with you. Today I’m sharing part of my recent journey. It starts as a bit of a downer. My prayer is that you will read on to see God’s goodness and that maybe you can find a point of connection and encouragement […]

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When Relationships Get Messy at Our House

We’ve had this sign longer than I can remember. I remember the store I bought it in, but I am fuzzy on what town it was in, who I was with (a dear friend, I think), and what year. Most days I barely notice it. But this morning it spoke […]

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What I’m Learning This Week

My bullet journal* is a constant work-in-progress. And being such is the benefit of a bullet journal—each person making their journal work for their own needs. In the weekly part of my bullet journal I have a section where I list what I’m learning this week. Writing it down during the […]

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Me at 60

Yesterday I applied for a new ministry opportunity. They asked for my bio. I reviewed my most recent bio and I thought, “That’s not me anymore.” The facts hadn’t changed. Everything I said about myself was true. But something didn’t sound right as I read it. It felt like I […]

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A Conversation with the Family Looking Up Moms and Myself–Loving No Matter What

Last week I was delighted to be a guest on the Family Looking Up podcast. These three mamas–Andrea, Camille, and Beth–have thirteen kids (my best count from their pic) ranging in ages from baby to high school. They have lots of hands-on mommying experience. All of this contributed to our […]

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Your Part in Healing Your Relationship with Your Adult Child

I find the biggest obstacle to parents building relationship with their kids who are making decisions they don’t agree with is the parent. Yes, the parent. I’m not blaming parents for their kids’ poor decisions nor am I putting the responsibility of those decisions on the parents. I am saying […]

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Celebrating the Holidays with Adult Kids and Less Stress

I hate to sound cliché but the holidays are upon us. Yes, we are only in the first few days of October, but you know I’m right. Christmas decorations have taken over Hobby Lobby; even Target has started a small section for Christmas lights. Thanksgiving and Christmas will be here […]

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