Encouragement, Inspiration

I Want More

It was decades ago, but I vividly recall the first time I dove deep into a pile of food and didn’t come up for air until I wanted to vomit. I was in middle school at the time and lived with my family in an old Victorian home on the edge of town–directly across the street from a gas station…

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Encouragement, Family Life, Inspiration

Where is Your Hope?

I was just about to leave the school restroom when a poster on the wall caught my attention. I stood and stared…my heart sank. I couldn’t wrap my head around the devastation of a child so filled with life, so full of potential, CHOOSING to end it all. And yet I know, this hopelessness–this believing that nothing will ever get…

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Encouragement, Inspiration

Teachers Who See

I was in sixth grade when I first witnessed the crippling effects of a tragic loss.  A girl in my school, not much older than I was at the time, had chosen to end her life.  Our town was devastated and heartbroken–our school was silent and shocked. My teacher at the time, who overflowed with wisdom and compassion, realized that…

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Art, Encouragement, Family Life, Inspiration, Printables

Wherever You Are, Be ALL There

Have you seen them?  They’re absolutely everywhere.  You know, the ones who can’t stop staring. I see them in restaurants while dining with my family.  They’re preparing to eat with their families too, except–they’re not really there. I imagine them as human versions of moths and mosquitoes, hunched over their metaphorical “bug zappers”, uncontrollably drawn in by the glow of…

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Encouragement, Family Life, Home Decor, Inspiration, Printables

Be Who He Made You To Be

Be who He made you to be. Really, that’s pretty self-explanatory and all that truly needs to be said. But I fully realize that I, personally, need to stop and meditate on that first sentence for more than just a nanosecond, because lately it has been showing up in my life on a regular, noticeable, persistent basis. In fact, it…

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