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Becoming “Mamam”

“I thought I’d become a mother the day my baby was born. It isn’t so. Mothers join the ranks slowly, gradually, one caress, one diaper, one feeding at a time. And then one day we look down, and there they are: the hands of a mother, gently and with enormous strength doing the most important … Continue reading »

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God Gives Grace to the Humble

A new school year approaches, and my summer freedom is disappearing. There is always some sadness, but I’m especially excited to teach 4th grade this year. After teaching 5th grade for 5 years, this is a refreshing change. I have also been living alone all summer since my roommate has been a white water rafting … Continue reading »

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Thankful for the Hard Things

Today’s Joy Dare: 3 hard eucharisteo “Everything is eucharisteo. Because eucharisteo is how Jesus, at the Last Supper, showed us to transfigure all things – take the pain that is given, give thanks for it, and transform it into a joy that fulfills all emptiness. This, is the hard eucharisteo. Lean into the ugly and whisper … Continue reading »

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Pride vs. Low Self-esteem

Pride and low self-esteem seem to be opposites. Strangely, I’m experiencing both at the same time. The Lord has graciously gifted me in music. People are amazed at how quickly I can transpose in my head (and how much I enjoy it!). Learning new instruments or musical concepts comes quickly to me. Sometimes I am … Continue reading »

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God is Compassionate and Patient

O LORD, give me a steadfast, faithful heart in trusting You. The LORD brought the Israelites out of Egypt, “Yet they sinned still more against Him, rebelling against the Most High in the desert. They tested God in their heart by demanding the food they craved. They spoke against God, saying, ‘Can God spread a … Continue reading »

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“A good name is to be chosen rather than great riches.” ~Proverbs 22:1 It would appear from this verse that we are to protect our name and our reputation at all costs. But Jesus didn’t. Even before He was born, He was looked down upon, as Mary became pregnant before she and Joseph were married. … Continue reading »

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My prayer tonight

Lord, give me love, unfailing love. Without You, I am not capable of loving anyone. I pray that You would help me love, even when it hurts. Lord, give me joy. Joy is hard to find in difficult situations, but You have told us to be joyful always and to give thanks in all circumstances. … Continue reading »

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