Fever
on December 11th, 2019
There’s been a nasty flu bug wreaking havoc in the sleepy lands of Kitsap.  It has the destructive power to turn your best day into your worst nightmare.  Death and devastation are free-flowing with no end in sight — for 24 hours.  Then you feel as good as new and you look slimmer than ever, so there’s a silver lining I guess!  But how do you know if you’re really sick?  There’s some kind of a sig...  Read More
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Life At Home
on December 9th, 2019
The other night my husband asked me an innocent enough question: “Do you like your life at home?”  I’ve been a stay-at-home mom for four years now, and it has certainly been a dramatic change in lifestyle from my pre-motherhood days.  I’m a social person by nature, a middle child who is always most comfortable surrounded by lots of people, the more the merrier.  And for the majority of my life, th...  Read More
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Gut Check
on December 5th, 2019
Have you ever said something that you regretted?  Either as you were saying it, or when you saw the look on the other persons face?  I have! Why is it that our brains work faster than we want them to in situations where we should be thinking before speaking?  Do we say these things to be mean or to win an argument?  Or is it because that is how we really feel?  Let’s explore that more, shall we?I ...  Read More
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Live Well
on December 3rd, 2019
The point is not to just get by.  We want to live well.  (1 Corinthians 10:23 MSG)What does it mean to “live well?”  Some say it means to be successful or to have your lifelong dreams realized.  Some say it’s when “I’m living my best life!”  Others say it’s when they have everything on their checklist taken care of.  When life is balanced.  When nothing bad is happening.  When I FEEL well.Most of ...  Read More
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Fruit Series: Bible Reading Plans
on December 3rd, 2019
Day 1'Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.'1 Corinthians 13:4-7https://my.bible.com/bible/...  Read More
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In Repentance & Rest
on November 18th, 2019
Frantic: in a word, a characterization of my typical approach to life.  Perhaps resulting from a collision between wayward strands of my worry-prone DNA and the obsessive busyness that is rampant in American culture, I spend far too many moments in a state that ranges from a mild but pervasive anxiety to a circumstantially-induced panic.I do well at pretending this is not so, I think.  All it take...  Read More
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Following Nudges
on March 18th, 2019
Lately, I’ve been experiencing that; something in my heart and my gut, but my head hasn’t exactly got it figured out yet.The thing in my heart has something to do with justice and whatever my role in that is.  My daughter Chloe and I have recently changed our shopping lifestyle to help people who are doing business in ethical ways, and we’ve stopped buying items that come from slavery-type factori...  Read More
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Follow Hard
on January 23rd, 2019
One day when I was a kid, my brothers and I were playing, my dad was sleeping, and my mom was getting ready for church. She came and asked me if I was going to go with her. I didn’t answer right away, because I knew she wanted me to go, but I really wanted to stay home and play. Finally I said, “Dad isn’t going. The boys aren’t going.”She said, “I know. And I’m not going to force you to go. It’s y...  Read More
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Choose Joy
on January 23rd, 2019
I remember this moment like it was yesterday…My mom and I were in beautiful Oahu, Hawaii and I had decided take this opportunity to go by myself to the beach while she napped. I found myself in a beautiful and relaxing destination with my soul feeling full of hurt, turmoil, and conflict.  The contrast of internal darkness at a bright beach was not lost on me! But God was right there with me.Sittin...  Read More
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The Big Fight
on January 23rd, 2019
About a year ago, my world collapsed.  I had become such a lost soul that my own daughter preferred to live her life without me.  I was spending all my time and energy pushing every chance at happiness away.  Every relationship I had was crumbling.  Of course it couldn’t be my fault.  I blamed everyone.Over the course of 5 years I had destroyed my family, my career, and my soul.  I could not see w...  Read More
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Just Jump
on January 23rd, 2019
I do this thing called Crossfit.Wait a minute, don’t tune me out.  There’s a point to this! We do this exercise called “Box Jumps” where you go from two feet on the ground to two feet on the box in one jump.I’ve developed this hesitation with my feet where I do a foot shuffle and then jump.  I do it every time and it makes me so mad!  The reason this happens is I tripped once on the box and fell o...  Read More
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Start Somewhere
on January 23rd, 2019
The other day I walked outside my front door to head to work.  It was a beautiful, warm morning, which is something I enjoy and cherish very much.  I had coffee already, a good breakfast, and the weather was ideal for my liking.Every day for the last several months I would leave my house seeing weeds growing on my porch.  My thought was always, “I really have to do something about these weeds.”  I...  Read More
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