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How Book Nerds Have a Spa Day

Posted by on Aug 25, 2016 in Books, God at Work, Overcoming, Writing Life | 0 comments

How Book Nerds Have a Spa Day

First, I should start out by confessing that my spa day experience is limited. I’ve always been too poor for such things. Plus, it is fun to see reactions when the girl with 20/200 eyesight and no color vision says, “I do my own nails.” I’ve had a few manicures and four pedicures. (How sad that I can count them.) This is one beauty treatment that I could totally get into splurging for on a regular basis (especially after almost falling over the last time I polished my own toenails), as long as I’m not required to say mani/pedi. That term is a...

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Surprise!

Posted by on Aug 17, 2016 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance, Single Parenting, Suddenly Single Mom | 0 comments

Surprise!

With ten minute between our Sunday morning worship team rehearsal and the first service to freshen up my lip gloss and finger-tame the wild beast known as my hair, I hurried to the third row pew where I’d set my purse. Newly-single-mom anxieties shoved their way past the lyrics from that morning’s song set, determine to steal my focus. I took one of those deep-cleansing breaths that supposedly had magical powers and asked God to help me concentrate on Him instead of how I would afford rent once my boys and I had to leave our house. That’s...

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Something to Give

Posted by on Aug 11, 2016 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance, Single Parenting, Suddenly Single Mom | 4 comments

Something to Give

The Facebook post made my day. One of Dad’s cousins shared that she’d had two copies of Suddenly Single Mom on her desk at the church where she works, until that day when she gave one to a teary newly-single mom who came in needing help. It gave Valerie (Dad’s cousin) such joy when the woman noticed the book, asked about it, and she was able to hand it to her and say, “It’s a gift.” It gave me just as much joy to see God fulfill a desire of my heart—that many hurting women would receive this book at a moment when they desperately needed a...

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What I’ve learned since Last Summer (or A Year in Facebook Memories)

Posted by on Aug 3, 2016 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance, Suddenly Single Mom | 0 comments

What I’ve learned since Last Summer (or A Year in Facebook Memories)

If you are on Facebook, you receive the now-daily opportunities to share memories from last year, or even five years ago. I wonder why they don’t call them what they are: “In case you’re desperate for material to impress your many ‘friends’ with, here is a randomly-chosen reminder of how rapidly your kids are growing up/your artfully disguised narcissism/that pitiful attention grab.” I would put the sad face from 2011 in the last category. I don’t share the memories that Facebook recommends very often, but when I see one that triggers a...

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Me, the Interior Design Rebel

Posted by on Jul 28, 2016 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 1 comment

Me, the Interior Design Rebel

Several months ago, I read some sad news: It was no longer considered fashionable to adorn one’s home with motivational phrases and words. They had gone the way of ducks and Coca-Cola tins. No more reminders to Live, Laugh, Love. If we Believe we must keep it off our walls. My Dream box would now be considered tacky and dated.   Guess what came to mind as soon as I saw this in a cute shop in Solvang? That’s perfect! I need to get it. Wait, motivational art is out of style now. I better not.   But it’s so pretty! And I agree with every...

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