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Breaking Up is Hard to Do

Breaking Up is Hard to Do

I am breaking up with my best friend. Even though we go way back, it’s time. I have been trying to break up with her for the past twenty years, but she keeps clawing her way back in. It may seem heartless to leave her behind. After all, I take her everywhere. She wraps around me like a second skin.  She won’t go without a fight. She keeps whispering in my ear. She shouts to my back. Are you sure?…

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Carry Me 

Carry Me 

“Daddy, carry me!” When we first moved to Florida, my youngest had a hard time keeping up. The amusement parks always sent him running for the arms of his father. I can relate to tried legs. As the youngest of four, I spent my childhood playing catch up. Running after the big kids, I would wonder when I would be “big enough.” A small child in a land of giants. The feelings of my childhood still come back to haunt…

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Looking Inside 

Looking Inside 

As an adult I have learned some important life lessons. Some of my life lessons are lessons that I wish I didn’t have to learn; ladybugs aren’t poisonous when swallowed, drinking a sample bottle of Zyrtec won’t hurt a toddler and the smell of vomit is hard to get out of cars. One of the most important life lessons I learned was when I was about 11 or 12.  If I you caught a glimpse of her at the grocery…

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Chain Breaker 

Chain Breaker 

On Sunday, my husband was called into work at the last minute. My kids were complaining and fighting. I was tired and worn out already and it wasn’t even noon. As usual, we stumbled into church late. The words of the Zach William’s praise song caught my attention:  “If you’ve been walking the same old road for miles and miles,  If you’ve been hearing the same old voice tell the same old lies,  If you’re trying to fill the same old…

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Too far? 

Too far? 

I have went too far. God could never forgive me for all that I have done. God could never use me. God could never love me. I have thought these thoughts, but when I dig into God’s Word I realize these are lies.  In Jesus’ family tree (Matthew 1), I find a long list of those whom the world would tell us are unforgivable, unlovable. Abraham lied. Isaac favored one of his children. Jacob was a cheater and a deceiver….

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My Friends 

My Friends 

Friends are wonderful. During my lifetime, I have been blessed with many friends. I have had childhood friends that I have giggled and shared whispered secrets with. I have had college friends that I laughed with, commiserated with and studied with. I have bonded with young mothers. We shared first joys, first sorrows, and all those cute and exhausting moments of early motherhood. I have homeschool mom friends now, we share all the exciting and frustrating moments of teaching our…

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Fear

Fear

My boys are 11 and almost 13 now. They are at the “eye rolling, not wanting to listen to anything mom says” stage. Even though I sometimes feel like pulling my hair out, I love this phase (“love” might be an overstatement). This phase in my life reminds me of all the advice and instructions my mother gave me that I never listened too. One of her instructions I ignored was to not watch horror movies. At the time I didn’t…

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Engraved

Engraved

I have one word: Engraved. Merriam Webster defines engrave as to impress deeply as if with an engraver, to cut figures, letters or designs for printing. The definitions create an image of permanence. Initials on a tree, engraved inside a heart. An inscription lovingly engraved on a ring. Words, images that have left the mind and the pen and now are released, never to be taken back. Isaiah 49:6 tells us, “See I have engraved you on the palms of…

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