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When God Says, “I Love You”

Posted by on Dec 1, 2016 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance, Single Parenting | 3 comments

When God Says, “I Love You”

Last night, I received a text from Christian saying he’d gotten some time off to visit for Christmas. I was so excited that I couldn’t even write my weekly blog post! I posted the news on Facebook and sent praise reports to friends who’d been praying. I immediately got busy making an Amtrak reservation for him. There was a seat available on the California Zephyr from Reno to the Bay Area (the nicer train that doesn’t require any transfers), but for the return trip his only option was a commuter to Sacramento and a transfer to a bus. I hurried...

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The Scent of His Goodness

Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 in God at Work, Holidays, Overcoming, Perseverance | 0 comments

The Scent of His Goodness

Two years ago, I chose a perfume because the light vintage-y floral reminded me of something that I couldn’t name at first. One whiff made me think of hand-crochets doilies, strings of beads, powder, and old books. The “that’s it” revelation hit me and my sister Kristy at the same time. “Grandma Rapp’s house!” Some of Grandma’s pretty things (and her picture), rescued from my storage unit in July 2014 It smelled like a rose-scented powder that Mom’s mother kept in her bathroom and bedroom. I squirted some of that perfume on today in...

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In My Humble Opinion

Posted by on Nov 15, 2016 in Friendship, God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 6 comments

In My Humble Opinion

The other day, a friend asked my opinion on a controversial topic. With fear and trembling I shared just enough so she’d know where I stood. She’d proved herself to be a person who would respect my answer even if she didn’t agree. I mean REALLY, not “You have a right to your opinion. Now let me educate you on why you’re wrong.” She listened. We had a good discussion. Then we ordered breakfast and moved on to more pleasant subjects. I really appreciated that she asked! I appreciated even more that she listened without trying to change my mind...

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A Public Prayer of Thanks

Posted by on Nov 9, 2016 in Friendship, God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 2 comments

A Public Prayer of Thanks

For one year and five months, I had the privilege of singing with this beautiful, gifted worship leader. She has been… A mentor A friend A faithful prayer warrior An encourager Someone God used in profound ways A reflection of Christ When I found out Nancy was leaving CPC my heart grieved. No! We need her! I need her. I just got my confidence back. She helped me get it back! And now she’s going away?   When the choir had a going away party for her, I wished for at least the tenth time that I’d joined the worship ministry sooner so I could...

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What’s Wrong with This Picture?

Posted by on Nov 2, 2016 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance, Single Parenting | 0 comments

What’s Wrong with This Picture?

On Sunday, Christian turned 26. I searched my photo library for a picture to post on Facebook that didn’t include Christmas ornaments. I found this. It’s a shot from October 30, 2012. Nathan gave me permission to post it. On Sunday... I found this. Click To Tweet This picture never fails to make me laugh so hard that I must assure everyone within earshot that I’m okay. What is that face Nathan is making? The other day I laughed harder than ever over it, until I could hardly breathe. For the first time I laughed over more than that face. I...

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