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This Is Why I Thrift

Jacket, Jeans, Blouse, Purse and boots! All for under $20. This is why I thrift!

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Everyone wants to be happy. How often do we begin each day hoping that sadness and problems are on the day’s agenda? We read books, listen to talks and seek other resources looking for the key to happiness...but sometimes the biggest lessons in life come from the most unlikely of places. Working with homeless women and children has brought me many experiences and life lessons. I just n...

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Time To Rebuild

Less than 24 hours into our vacation, we received notice that while we were nestled in a cozy cabin in Gatlinburg, our home in Ohio was a mess. A toilet malfunctioned and water seeped down two stories causing extreme damage. After processing the shock and helplessness, our first reaction was to cut the trip short and head home. Deeply disappointed and concerned we didn’t think there was...

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My Nest Is Empty

My nest is empty! How can that be? For the past 30 years, there has been a child or teen in our home. There has always been a bookbag by the front door, heap of towels in the bathroom and an array of cars in the driveway. As we approached this new season, I would put up a good front and brag how excited I was to become the proverbial "empty nester". I relished in the future of ...

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My Happy Ending

When watching a movie or reading a good book, we all want a happy ending. We want to see the guy get his girl, the heroine save the world and the lonely heart find true love. In the midst of a mental breakdown I was desperately praying for a happy ending. I wanted to be "well" again. Notice that I didn't say "happy"? Even in the midst of dark days, I knew that a life...

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Breakdown to 5K – An Idol In The Breaking 

An idol can be a costly thing. It can cost you financially, personally, emotionally and spiritually. What is an idol? I found the following definition on the internet: an image or representation of a god used as an object of worship. A person or thing that is greatly admired, loved, or revered. Here is my definition: Anything that separates Joy from God! Anything that gives Joy what she...

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Yesterday’s Pain is tomorrow’s Ministry

To accurately share this story, I need to turn back about 10 years. I remember feeling that my emotions were all over the place. As women, we tend to blame many things on hormones and the dreaded word "menopause." Doctors have graciously identified three important seasons in a woman's life - "perimenopause", "menopause" and "post menopause". I have ...

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From Breakdown to 5K – The Race Is On 

One of my favorite stories in the Bible is found in 1 Samuel. The story involves a battle that was won and a monument built as a reminder. I don’t know about you but I often need reminders of God’s faithfulness. I tend to forget the many times God brought me through dark times and places. I forget how He is true to His Word when He says He will never forsake us. Let me take a m...

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