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    An Open Letter to Single Moms (and any mom who needs encouragement) on Mother’s Day

    Dear Friend and Mom, I wanted to take a moment this Mother’s Day to say “thank you”. I know you  don’t get the consistent affirmation or accolades that you deserve for all that you do. And even on Mother’s Day, when moms all across America are being honored and celebrated, you may not get breakfast in bed or have a collection of hand made cards presented to you. You may not get the “day off” from cooking or taking care of the kids. And I’m sorry to be the one to break it to you, but you probably won’t get to sleep in like you often dream of. There probably won’t be anyone to tell you that you’re doing your job right and celebrate the positive influence you have on your kids, but that is not a reflection of the job you are doing. Today, I want you to know
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    A Hot Mess at Dinner

    The other week, after two days of travel and managing our first Spring Tour event, my daughter and I headed home with our Women of Purpose administrator, Tiffany, to stay with her the week between events. Tiffany’s husband was away for the weekend and Tiffany’s mom had been caring for her girls while we were away. In the short 24 hours before we arrived, two of her girls had cycled through a really nasty virus and her third started feeling sick. Before long, she was vomiting every ten minutes. Already exhausted from the weekend, Tiffany and I stayed up until midnight to assist the sick kiddo until she was able to rest. Tiffany was still “on call” until about 2AM. I was awoken by my own daughter at about 4AM, who was saying random things in her sleep and hallucinating from a really high fever that had spiked overnight. Now
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    Voice of Truth

    As women, we long to reflect beauty and value. We desire to live a life of purpose and offer the world something of substance. Unfortunately, that same world is continuously telling us what we lack, need or have to have in order to create that value and reflect that beauty. It can easily leave us feeling inadequate, lesser than, and well…ugly. We tend to live in constant disappointment when our reality doesn’t line up with what we believe is true.  This false belief must be addressed and combatted with TRUTH. Often the sense that something is missing is a reflection of the failure to realize what we have or what IS. We feel as though WE are not enough; that we don’t have what it takes to be completely wonderful and whole all on our own; that our lives are not significant and valuable without X,Y & Z; that we
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    Disappointed at Christmas

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    Home Sweet Home

    “We’re not, understand, putting ourselves in a league with those who boast that they’re our superiors. We wouldn’t dare do that. But in all this comparing and grading and competing, they quite miss the point.” 2 Corinthians 10:12 Have you ever looked around your home and felt as though what you had just wasn’t enough? Or not good enough? Maybe you wish you had a different sofa or chair. Maybe you’d like to change the color scheme completely. Or maybe you’re embarrassed by the humble furnishings that you’ve accumulated through donations or yard sales and the hodgepodge of mismatched items gives your home a yard sale-esque feel. Unless you live in a college dorm, this probably isn’t the look you were going for, but somehow ended up with. Every holiday, I am inundated by these picturesque table-scapes and beautiful furnishings that are represented on TV and in stores. Everything matches
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    My Life List

    I have always been a planner. I’d plan out my day, my week, my year and well…I’m pretty sure I had my entire life planned out when I was about 9 years old. I am quite certain that there have been many times when I would even have plans for my plans and how I was going to make those plans come about. In case you are wondering, YES, these are symptoms of a control freak! I remember my “Life List” at age 9 consisted of this… – Go to college – Become a nurse – Get married by the time I’m 20 – Develop an amazing career as a nurse – Start having kids at age 25 – Have 4 kids by age 30(2 biological/2 adopted) My ACTUAL Life List went more like this… – Went to college and became a nurse but there were many bumps, mishaps, twists
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    Walk With Me

    How many times have you been guilty of looking at someone’s present struggle in life or with a visible sin and discredited them for any purpose or good? Instead of seeing them for who they are striving to be or how far they’ve come, you take a snapshot of where they are right now and size them up as just “not quite there”. Maybe they are new to your church or have recently made a profession of faith and haven’t completely tidied up their bad habits for you to be comfortable. Let me be the first to admit that this is an issue that I have had to repent of many times in the past and it has cost me many potential valuable friendships. The church I attended in Georgia has the motto, “We’re with you on the journey”. I’ve so appreciated this depiction of Christ’s example to meet someone
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