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The Blessing of a Pastor’s cuss…

“I can’t control my tongue.” “I suck.” ” What kind of Christian am I, If I use words like that?”  “I hate this about myself. If out of the heart the mouth speaks.. I must be full of awful things.” This has been my inner monologue for months:( because I’ve re-developed a mouth problem. And a condemnation problem. A lovely…

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Of Boobs and Bras: in which a well fitting, flattering undergarment that costs less than my first car, is as elusive as a kosher ham. 

Men friends? Look away. There are some things that should remain part of the feminine mystique. Or read on- maybe you’ll understand the insanity that is women’s underwear. If so, let it make you empathetic, not creepy. Carry on. Can we talk bras and boobs, for just a moment? It’s January. For some weird reason every January I look in…

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Guest post! Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory: The Only Failure Worth Fearing

( Please welcome my friends Kathi Lipp and Cheri Gregory to the blog today! Overwhelmed is their new project, and I’m sure you’ll enjoy digging in and finding hope and help for not just “those days” but all days.;)   February 1 was when I started hating myself.  As an optimist, I started the New Year out right: with a…

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It’s still, a wonderful life. Cancer loses. Even if it wins.

You know the scene. George Bailey is stressed beyond his breaking point. After an encounter with an angel shows him just how much of an impact he’s made in the world, he finally heads home to face whatever comes. When he does, he’s welcomed and surrounded by friends, coworkers and neighbors, all happily there to give a little love and…

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Dear Mom Still in Line Waiting to See Santa: 

I know. It’s on the “list.” The list of things that must be done between laundry loads, diaper changers and toddler tantrums. I know you picked just the right outfits. I know you are armed with enough toys, snacks and wipes to save a village of wolf raised children from starvation, death by boredom and smothering in the mysterious substance…

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Eye level. Cancer and Shrinkage. 

5′ 11 1/2″  That’s how tall the man I married was. 5’5″ that’s how tall my favorite person is now. (Same guy. Just the “cancer is crushing his spine” version.) (Please note: maxi dress was billowing. I’m fluffy. But, not that much. This is the family pic we take every year in Traverse City.)  At first I thought it was…

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“C” Is for Christmas, Cancer and Crazy, Coincidence? I think, not.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Or, not. One thing I hate about cancer- is that it tries to steal more than health. Cancer has the audacity of a gangster, out to steal everything. Joy. Fun. Health. Life. Expectations. Normalcy. And yes. Christmas. Cancer is the ultimate Grinch. You’d think after 5 years of fighting, we’d be used…

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Oh, Elf To The No. Confession: There is no Elf on my Shelf.

Confession: There is no Elf on my shelf. Just: dust. Well, dust with a garland of cat hair. The pics are not worth “pinning.” I’m okay with that. Don’t panic if your shelf is adorned by an elf. I’m not judging. (Unless, you buy it outfits and dress it like one of those creepy concrete geese from the ’80’s. Then:…

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WE are Still America. 

The election is winding down. Finally. Hopefully, so will all the horrible arguing, name calling and divisiveness.  Not just by our candidates. By US.  Here’s the thing: WE are still America.  All of us. The rich, the poor, the humble, the proud. Immigrants, native Americans, black, white, Asian, Muslim, Lebanese, Chinese, Latino, Korean,Indian, Italian, democrat, republican, libertarian, Green Party.. catholic,…

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Christianity is NOT a Reality TV Show. We do NOT get to vote people off Christ Island.

Not Christian leaders we disagree with. Not people we don’t like.Not because of politics. Not because of doctrinal issues. Not because of skin color. Not because of country or family of origin. Not because of a sin issue. (We’d all be voted off.) Not because you drink wine or have grape juice for communion. Not for anything. Jesus is the…

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