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Quarantine Chronicles 5.0 [Broken]

I have reached the “even my comb has given up” level of quarantine, and it probably is not why you think. My hair has not become one big matted mess that my comb could not handle—although I am beginning to wonder if people see Forrest Gump [running across America] when they see me.   While…… Continue reading Quarantine Chronicles 5.0 [Broken]

Encouragement

Does Size Really Matter?

Size has been a point of conversation my entire life. It is not a topic I’ve initiated or enjoyed, but mere dislike of a subject doesn’t keep it at bay [unfortunately]. In elementary school, I was often “volun-told” to crawl under the bathroom stall and unlock the door. Not only does my current germaphobe self…… Continue reading Does Size Really Matter?

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Moment of Truth Monday

For anyone who has taken a blow or is standing with the pieces of broken dreams in your hands, you are especially on my heart today.   Seniors Eighth graders Kinder parents All students Brides Grooms Parents Unemployed Financially stressed Business owners School leaders Bereaved   Hope will emerge amidst the rubble. It’s a matter…… Continue reading Moment of Truth Monday

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Quarantine Chronicles 4.0 [Redefined]

Are we having fun yet? No, in fact, it is more likely we are busy comforting the falling apart version of ourselves and others. Quarantine is serving up a strange mix of just fine one minute and not fine the next. So much of my normal has been redefined. While that causes some suffering, I…… Continue reading Quarantine Chronicles 4.0 [Redefined]

Encouragement · Hope · moment of truth monday

Moment of Truth Monday

If given the option, I would defer to the easy path and avoid the messy middle. Pain is not appealing when comfort is available. My guess is that you would lean the same direction. We are living in a time when we have no choice but to be encircled by the unexpected. Expect the unexpected…… Continue reading Moment of Truth Monday

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Quarantine Chronicles 3.0 [Who Knew?]

Well, here we are wearing the same outfits and running out of give-a-cares. We are still in search of the toilet paper we will NEVER again take for granted, and we have added hairstylist to our impressive resumes. Election campaigns have quieted, and GPA now stands for global perspective adjustment. This is QUARANTINE 2020. Who…… Continue reading Quarantine Chronicles 3.0 [Who Knew?]

Encouragement

Quarantine Chronicles 2.0

While life carries on as “unusual,” I find myself growing a sincere appreciation for the ordinary. Honestly, I usually take the ordinariness of normal for granted. This “shelter in place” season has given me a reboot on perspective I didn’t know I needed. I am not collecting “when this is over” treasures; I am trying…… Continue reading Quarantine Chronicles 2.0

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Quarantine Chronicles: An Experiment in Intentional Observation

Chasing slow is counter-cultural. Many of us have grown accustomed to hustling through our days, and I wonder if the imposed slowdown is inviting us to measure the details of our lives. Most of us grow restless after a few seconds of imposed stillness, but what would happen if we used this time to pay…… Continue reading Quarantine Chronicles: An Experiment in Intentional Observation

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Moment of Truth Monday: Revisited

“…in the middle of some of my hardest seasons, I’ve looked at the canvas of my life and felt like maybe God had gotten lost, or even maybe skipped over me. * That He indeed had good plans for many, but somehow I wasn’t included. I often hope to see a finished work, but get…… Continue reading Moment of Truth Monday: Revisited

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Breaking News: Peace is NOT Sold-Out

While communities scramble for rations of toilet paper and milk, everyday problems and matters of the heart have not let up. Suffering is showing up-business as usual. While taking care of one of our children post-surgery, we were presented with unexpected news and a decision that taxed our minds and labored our hearts. We grappled…… Continue reading Breaking News: Peace is NOT Sold-Out