The Hidden Volcano

by Dottie Menkhaus One day, a small lump appeared in the middle of the living room carpet. It was about the size of a golf ball. We had to be careful to not trip over it as we walked through the house. As the days passed it grew larger and...

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Unveiled Faces

by Gina Ellis Not a morning person, I arose earlier than usual. In the bathroom half asleep, I looked at the sign on my bathroom wall, “Rise Up”, and prayed for the day. It was not a long prayer with fancy words, just a grateful heart with a simple request...

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Hi Anger. Nice to Meet You.

by Kristin Mitchener In response to me talking about my depression, a dear and wise friend told me, “Anger is depression turned inward. So I encourage you to explore that. What are you angry about?” Anger…I never considered myself an angry person. I’m a depressed person. I’ve been depressed since...

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Pulling Back the Curtains

By Mary Ellen Collins Pulling back the curtains, I want to give you an inside look at ALL that is happening behind the scenes. Everyone knows how the untimely virus knocked the socks off the programming planning for the Motherless Daughters Ministry.  Scrambling to do what we could at a...

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Inside the World of a Motherless Daughter Teen

by Patricia Kuykendoll A motherless daughter teen recently shared this excerpt from a classroom English writing assignment with me. She calls it Seeing the True Colors of the Person I Once Called Mom. She wanted the normal family but she didn’t have it. She tried for many years to make...

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Finding My Own Loving Mother Inside

by Kristin Mitchener I have lived a life of sadness because I didn’t have a healthy, loving mother. But, what is a mother? Mothers are all around, and simply take the voice I have within. Running is my mother. Running pushes me, strengthens me, tells me motivating things like “You...

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Full-Time Momma

(Savor these precious moments, they fly by too fast) By Cestiny Crowther Full-time momma and proud that I am, I can make a castle out of water and sand. I can magically fix a broken, princess purse strap And draw pictures of puppy dogs and kitty cats. Arts and crafts...

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To Call or Not to Call

by Kristin Mitchener I started thinking about calling my mother two days ago. We haven’t spoken or seen each other in over 10 years. I called my younger sister instead, the wise sister who is able to set boundaries in order to keep our mother in her life. “Well why...

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In The Silence

By Cestiny Crowther He sits silent and alone, on a quiet night As he deeply ponders the wrongs and rights. The Angels, and the devil, are at war on his back, With his tears, he prays, that he’ll get back on track. How has his life gone completely to waste?...

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Reflections on the March 2020 Journey Retreat

By Mary Ellen Collins It is a few weeks after the scheduled Journey Retreat. Most years I would be writing about all of the wonderful things that happened. How God showed up. The healing. The connections. The group of wonderful women who claimed a piece of my heart. This year...

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