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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I Can Only Imagine … A Father’s Love

By: Mary Ellen Collins Last Friday, I saw the movie, I Can Only Imagine. In case you haven’t seen it, go. Highly recommend it. It is a story of the lead singer of MercyMe, Bart Millard. Based on the incredible true-life story that inspired the beloved, chart-topping song, I Can...

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Hurting? Give Yourself Away

By: Christine Fishel After a period of extreme amounts of loss, I want to hibernate. My sister has attended 7 funerals in the past year. We’ve lost our dad, our grandmother, a cousin, and two aunts. More in our close circle are fighting deadly diseases. We’ve watched our original family...

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Not All Mothers Are A Happy Memory

By: Anonymous Reflections and Book Review Honestly, I get so tired of seeing on social media, commercials, and especially in Hallmark, how “beautiful,” “loving,” and “caring” mothers are. How they made our lives so “wonderful.” I appreciate those that are grieving for a good mother, and I am happy that...

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