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The real meaning of Advent

I remember the first time I started to understand the meaning of Advent. I was in Catholic elementary school; December thoughts bounced around my mind, and every single one of them was excitement for Christmas. I wondered what toys I would get. I was so eager to put ornaments on the tree, and I cou...
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Thursday, December 07, 2017

Want less stress? Be still...

We certainly like to tell each other how busy our lives are. Probably 75 percent of each day is filled with complaints about our various sources of stress. Recently, I was talking to my friend about the hectic day I was facing, and I changed the subject because I was tired of thinking about the ens...
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Change begins within

Change begins within.                In the world we live in today, there are so many reasons for us to feel discouragement tugging at our smiles and weighing us down. It can be difficult to find the hope and the purpose to keep...
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Wednesday, November 08, 2017

Irish trip offers new perspectives

My husband and I took an amazing trip to Ireland in September. We played a short tour with a Cleveland band, performed five shows in this country rich in history and music. We traveled from Dublin across the southern part of Ireland, to the west coast, and back to Dublin. We were able to immerse ou...
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Thursday, November 02, 2017

Embracing the battle of prayer

When life throws us a curveball, all we can think to do is pray. We face difficult break ups, high-stakes tests, and medical emergencies, and our hearts naturally cry out to God. But when life is good or even just mediocre, many of us think we don’t have the time or ability to properly pray....
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Thursday, October 26, 2017

I Know the Feeling

When I was younger, I was extremely shy. I preferred observing over listening, taking in people’s features and quirks, noticing the ways they acted and interacted. I liked words, music and art, and I was very emotionally sensitive. It seemed to me at the time that others around me did not sha...
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Live a little…laugh!

A few weeks ago my better half, Dan, came home and was in an upbeat mood and chiming “Hee Hee Hee Hee, Ha Ha Ha Ha, Ho Ho Ho Ho”.  The kids and I ended up joining in at some point, and this activity created a lot of fun and joy for us all to engage in.  He had been to his week...
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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Listen

For my psychology internship, I will be answering a hotline for those facing any sort of crisis or contemplating suicide. I haven’t taken my first true call yet, but I have undergone 40 hours of training to help me learn how to be the best I can be when I speak with these distressed callers....
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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Let's not scorn the little things

Over the past few weeks, I’ve seen a lot of roadkill and fallen items on the road. As I drive past these things, I wonder who moves them out of the way, and I feel guilty that I always leave the problem for the next person to address. In life, every moment is an opportunity for us to show God...
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Thursday, September 21, 2017

Knowledge of God

Have you ever impulsively made a decision that seemed so very right at the time, only to spend a great deal of time afterward wondering what in the world you got yourself into?  That’s how I have felt since, one morning after finishing my study of the Acts of the Apostles, I suddenly dec...
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Wednesday, September 13, 2017