Recognize Manipulation – Grow Up

One of my childhood memories was playing school with my dolls and stuffed animals as if they were my students and I was the teacher. I used to dress up my barbie doll in different outfits and played with make-believe scenes of my choosing. Somewhere along the line between my elementary self and my growing…

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Continual Dialogue

“Let’s not ever talk about this again.” Phrases like this may come from a place of shame, vulnerability, or confession, that one person might say to another. Beyond initial relief of openness, the power of shame increases with such boundaries. The one hearing the phrase is left with forbidden territory to process and grow. The relationship suffers. Two walk away…

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Easter Sunday

The resurrection of Christ bears potent meaning for me as I reflect on a certain personal breakthrough last Easter Sunday. I’m reminded of the spiritual journey God leads me through. I long to say a whole-hearted, “yes” to His invitations to me. . . of saying good-bye to those things that hold me back from…

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Reality: From Tooth Fairy to Transparency

As a little girl, I was eager to look under my pillow after having lost a tooth and seeing the coins the tooth fairy left for me. I loved the experience of fantasy and imagination as a child. The feelings of excitement tapped into deep longings as I eagerly waited for Santa on Christmas eve;…

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Precious in His Sight

I hear the the Vacation Bible School song in my head, Red and yellow, black and white, they are precious in His sight! Jesus loves the little children of the world. Dads, be aware!! Children deserve respect!! I’m very thankful to be a counselor to moms and dads realizing any emotional, relational, or mental healing in…

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