May I Take that Back Please?
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May I Take that Back Please?

I wish I had a nickel for every time I’ve said something and then heard my 28-year-old son say, “Filter, Mom!”  In truth, remembering to filter what goes on in my head before it comes out of my mouth has always been a struggle for me.  I tend to speak much more than I should...

A Little Jonah in All of Us
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A Little Jonah in All of Us

Have you ever run away from something, and I don’t mean something that might threaten your life?  I mean, has there been a time in your life when you ran because you didn’t want what was in front of you, so you did a 180 and took off like lightening in the opposite direction? Most...

Coming Down the Ladder
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Coming Down the Ladder

My husband and I were painting the house this past weekend, which is a little easier since I really don’t have too many fears.  As a matter of fact, I most likely need a good dose of fear sometimes just so that I can stay on track.  Consequently, I had no problem whatsoever going up that...

Coffee in My Wine Glass
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Coffee in My Wine Glass

  Have you ever run all over your house looking for your glasses when they were on your head?  How about screaming to the person on your cell phone that you can’t find your phone?  A young mother just told me that she couldn’t figure out why her other three children kept looking at her...

A Warrior’s Tears
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A Warrior’s Tears

The room is dark, and the bottle is close.  As she raises it to her lips with trembling hands, she knows that the burning liquid will dull the ache in her heart…for a moment. What she doesn’t see is the lone figure standing in the corner of her room, sword hanging loosely by his side,...

Persevering Like the Snail
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Persevering Like the Snail

We’ve all done it.  We’ve all invested time and energy into someone or something and then come to the horrible conclusion that nothing is changing.  Nothing we seem to do or say helps them or changes them or even seems to reach them. When is it enough?  When do we stop hoping, stop trying…stop praying?...

Looking for the Forest in the Middle of the Trees
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Looking for the Forest in the Middle of the Trees

Do you sometimes find yourself saying things that your parents used to say to you, only to grimace and think, “Was that me?” I know I do—a lot. One of the things I used to tell my boys all of the time was that they just needed to be patient, that whatever was happening to...

This is Not My Life: Confessions of a Life-Worn Woman
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This is Not My Life: Confessions of a Life-Worn Woman

By Deb Waterbury “This is not my life.” “Those are not my children.” “That is not my husband.” Have you ever looked around at your life and thought any of these things? I mean, this isn’t what we signed up for, right? No one told us the day we walked down that isle or the...