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How to Help Your Child Through a Difficult Time

As I’ve helped my kids deal with challenges -- again and again — my comfort level and confidence has grown. My desire is to begin equipping them to walk through the difficulties of life, but let’s be honest, often “mama bear” gets in the way. read more

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The Calling Out

Often we have a perspective that allows us to see someone’s undiscovered potential. It goes both ways—be open to others when they “call something out of you.” And also watch for the hidden potential you see in others and take the time to “call it out of them.” read more

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On Having Hard Conversations

I never realized having difficult conversations in friendships could actually bring a relationship to a deeper, more intimate level. Recently, I sat across from a friend at Starbucks, and she dropped the news that I had hurt her deeply. I was stunned by this news because I was clueless. read more

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The Heart of Hospitality

After a few moments, one of the ladies yelled out, “Here for the PTO meeting?” To my shock and horror — I quickly realized I had let myself into a total stranger’s house! I wasn’t looking for a PTO meeting -- I was looking for a lunch that was actually up the street! read more

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Courage to Give Annie a Home

Courage is something we all desire — until we have to actually use it and put it into action. Looking back, there is one time in my life where displaying courage stands out. Honestly, I varied between bravery and wanting to curl up in a ball and hide. read more