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Before you slip into those mental ruts you’ve pretty much mastered from childhood on …

In 2015, at age 45, I can honestly say that I truly enjoy the holidays. I love celebrating Advent; I think icing sugar cookies is fun. I even like the chaos and clutter of the tree and decorations, etc. etc. But it is the quiet of the holidays that I love the most. I know that may sound strange to many of you …

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The Last Words My Mother Ever Said to Me (This is a Sad/Disturbing Post That You May Want to Skip)

A few days before the one year anniversary of my mother’s passing, I wrote this post. I still miss her every day. *** In a few days, it will be one year since my mother passed away. In general, I’m in a very happy and relaxed state this Advent and it is a sweet Christmas season for our young family. …

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Christmas is a Vulnerable Time

Well! Today I left my house for the first time in two weeks. I was finally cleared by my surgeon to start Physical Therapy (yay!) and I am looking very forward to the hard work of rebuilding my strength and mobility. It was such a missing month for me—for all intents and purposes, I pretty much went “deep and dark”/”off …

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Stupid Ol’ Apology

Earlier today, the girls and I had to run to our doctor’s office for a quick well-child check. The entire outing took less than an hour and everything went perfectly on time. But, in one of those “tell your children about your BIG GIANT FAILURE” kind of teaching moments … (Because wow! They sure do love to hear about when we’ve blown …

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RED FLAG Re: Confrontation

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Turning and Facing the Specifics of My Assault. (A brief primer on trauma recovery and anniversary dates …)

Last Spring, when my trauma counselor first gave me a homework assignment that included me figuring out the exact date of my sexual assault last fall, I instinctively recoiled and said, “No way!” I was in counseling to get over this terrible thing that happened to me. I didn’t want to focus on it. But, of course, my very wise and experienced counselor …

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You Can Be Lovable

During my undergraduate years, I was blessed to study under Dr. Paul T. Jensen. He taught not only my Presidential Scholar Philosophy of Theology classes (at school), he also taught the adult Sunday School class in our little Presbyterian church. Dr. Jensen was the first person to introduce me to Calvin and Luther; to send me to Jonathan Edwards; and to make …

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Peacemaker Conference LiveBlogs

In just a few hours, I will be leaving to serve at The 2015 Peacemaker Conference: The Rhythm of Peace. In addition to teaching, I also have the joy of liveblogging the plenary sessions. If you have no idea what liveblogging is, you are in good company! I just heard the term for the first time a few years ago. Basically, LiveBlogs provide continuous …

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2015 Peacemaker Conference LiveBlog #1: Wess Stafford

Live Blog 2015 Peacemaker Conference Plenary 1: Wess Stafford

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