When It’s Hard to See God’s Kindness

By: Julie Thompson Is your life exactly how you imagined it would be? For me, my life looks very different than how I envisioned it. My dream of becoming a teacher came true, but nothing else has gone according to my plan. Growing up, I thought I would get a...

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You Were There

By: Julie Thompson You were there at the beginning from my very first breath when my eyes opened to see the loving family you gave me. You were there in the room when my innocence was lost your heart broke at the sight you comforted me through the dark nights....

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I Am Meant to Keep Going

By: Christine Fishel I’m attacking the almost year-long overgrown flower garden. Golden black-eyed susans have pushed their way through the taller wild grasses and foxtail. I pull with all I have on the pigweed. When it doesn’t budge, I rip out hands full of clover growing around its base. When...

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The Writer Within

By: Mary Ellen Collins Dear You, YES, I SAID YOU!  LISTEN UP.  IT IS TIME.  PICK UP THAT PEN AND JUST START.  YOU HEARD ME – JUST DO IT!  The orders are barked at me loud and clear.  Who is this talking to me? This is the kick start I...

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When Life is Hard and Your Mom is Gone

By: Heather Wolper My mom has been gone almost 20 years now. It’s been almost half of my lifetime. I graduated from college without her, got married without her, had my babies without her and I have celebrated milestones and grieved heartbreaks without her. And you know what? I still...

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Reflections from the Journey Retreat 2018

By: Mary Ellen Collins First, I want to tell everyone who prayed for the women and the leaders of the retreat – THANKS! Your prayers were powerful. Satan tried hard to creep in and sometimes triggered me, but your prayers held him at bay. Every one of the leaders and...

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Nail It Down

By: Christine Fishel Sometimes you get a good look in the mirror, and it’s not pretty. I’m not talking about the gray-hair, eyelids-drooping-over-my-lashes, not-another-chin-hair kind of look. I’m talking about getting a real good look at what is overflowing on the inside and now spilling to the outside. That happened...

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Remembering My Mother

By: Heather Wolper Every year as the blue expanse of May sky stretches out above my head and new life begins to overtake the chill of winter with a blanket of green, I think of my mother. Like the tender leaves that appear each Spring, she was soft and delicate...

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Here It Comes…Mother’s Day

By: Mary Ellen Collins GET READY… Here is comes again!  18 ways to get through Mother’s Day! Here it comes again, it washes over me and I am knocked down by the impact of the day and the feelings I have — Mother’s Day. That day where mother-daughter groups I see are smiling...

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Dear Strong Woman

By: Christine Fishel Dear Strong Woman, I see you. You ask questions, seek answers, and attempt to fix, even as you know it is all slipping through your fingers. There is no stopping the dwindling of a life called to its ending. I see you. You hold up those beside...

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