How the Smallest Acts of Kindness Can Change a Life

I’m an early riser. When I wake, it’s usually dark. I like to lie there, listening to my husband breathe, and let my mind wander for 10 -15 minutes. I reflect on people, situations, and memories, and I pray. This morning two memories came up: In 2009 my daughter spent a semester in Maastricht, in The Netherlands. It was part of a study abroad program through Baylor University.   Besides...
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How My Community Helped Me Forgive

    “To forgive is to set a prisoner free and discover the prisoner was you.” ~Louis Smedes   For years I had been consumed with venom towards a special enemy. To protect the person involved I won’t go into the specific details. Our family had been generous to a woman, Jane, who was going through a hard time. After a long period it began to feel like our generosity was being...
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My Ten Most Popular Blog Posts

Just for fun I checked out my google analytics to see what my most popular blog posts were.   Here they are in order of popularity:   1. Life Code by Dr. Phil – a book review 2. Ten Things I Learned in My 40s That I Wish I Knew in My 20s and 30s 3. Momastery Blog 4. Taking Charge of Your Marriage 5. Behavioral Approach to Counseling 6. Reel Therapy 7. The Surprising Happiness...
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Dear woman who had an abortion, sitting in the back of the church . . .

Dear woman who had an abortion, sitting in the back of the church . . .This morning I woke up with you heavy on my heart. So heavy that I penned a letter to my pastor: Dear Pastor, Sometimes I feel like the things I dream about are what I’m supposed to say. I’m not saying I’m a prophet, but maybe it’s one of the ways I hear from God….who knows. I know you have spoken...
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The Books I Read The Second Half of 2014

In July I shared a list of books I read the first half of 2014.    Today I’ll share the books I read the second half of 2014. I’ll give each book a grade and a quick blurb telling you what it’s about. Feel free to clink on the links in bold.   33. Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands by Chris Bohjalian – Close Your Eyes, Hold Hands is the story of Emily Shepard, a homeless...
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