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May 8, 2019

Food. A necessity for life. A sustain-er of life. A reason to gather together in community. Centerpiece of celebrations. Served in times of mourning. Present in life's occasions.

While food is a necessity for survival so often it has become more than a tool to prom...

May 2, 2019

I'm a sucker for a good story. I love stories of the underdog coming from behind to win the game. The stories of the humble triumph and then arrogant put to shame. Stories of the captive finding freedom. Of the unexpected provision. Of door opened. In short, I love mir...

April 25, 2019

The heartache of the wounded can plant a seed of bitterness. And if watered with anger, accusations - justifiable or not - hearts will be hardened, love will be lost, and defensive wall of self-protection get one more layer added to the top. Every harsh and pretentious...

April 17, 2019

Two weeks ago, I attended a women's conference with my church. We were digging into the Bible Study by Lysa Terkurst, It's Not Supposed to be this Way. I went in with the mindset that I would make myself available to other women. It was my heart's intention to minister...

April 10, 2019

In my college days I was prone to go over on my cell phone plan minutes. Month after month. I like to blame it on the fact that I went to school far away from family. But the reality is, I was complacent. Going over on minutes was easier than calling to upgrade or chan...

April 2, 2019

There is little pain like the pain felt from stepping on a plastic building block. The small size and sharp edges make it prime for hiding between the carpet strands, hidden away, like it is awaiting the perfect opportunity to injure the parent's foot. It amazes me tho...

March 20, 2019

My oldest daughter takes claim with ease and resilience of what she believes is hers. This behavior is most apparent when a "prized possession", that she’s forgotten all about, is found in the hands of her little sister. Like a strike of lightening, the statement of ow...

March 13, 2019

Walking in faith is like living life on a balance beam. The surface of the beam is sturdy and secure. The path is narrow. The first, second and even the hundredth time of walking out onto the beam can cause even the most confident to pause with timidity. The potential...

March 6, 2019

"Don't play with fire." Somehow, someway, the moment we become parents, phrases like this one become an innate part of our vocabulary. The moments before the baby is born, we still roll our eyes at our parents when they say these protective imperatives. In an instant,...

February 27, 2019

Manufacturing is the essence creating something from nothing. I grew up around equipment, and high speed machinery. I grew up around the hubbub of hitting production numbers and keeping a close watch on waste. I grew up watching the magic of making something meaningful...

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