Grief & Loss

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How to Prepare for the End

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As little girls, we start thinking about our wedding day around the first time we hear the story of Cinderella. What should our dress look like? What colors should we would use? How will we would fix our hair and makeup? What types of flowers will we carry in our bouquet and have placed on […]

Keeping Alive Those Who Have Passed

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It’s just another day on the calendar for most people, but for me July 31st will always be thought of as Daddy’s birthday!  Since experiencing the loss of my dad ten years ago, I’m realizing how the celebration of one’s life goes well beyond that person’s lifetime. It never just ends with their memorial service. […]

Miscarriage: Help for the Grieving (pt. 2/2)

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Last week I shared my story of loss through miscarriage. My experience (both the physical and emotional part) of losing a baby gave me the passion to reach out to other women, so they are not suffering alone. Some things I personally learned through this loss: Grieving is complex  We all have heard of the stages […]

Miscarriage: My Story (pt. 1/2)

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The sadness of a mother with a broken heart cannot be compared to anything. It’s a kind of sorrow that cannot be explained unless you have experienced it. I remember waking the morning after we had found out our baby had unexpectedly died in my womb, and I wailed. It came from somewhere deep inside […]

Getting Back Up: A Look at Brokenness

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Do you remember the cartoon series The Coyote and Road Runner Show? It was always fun to watch the relentless chase between the two characters. Recently, some images from this cartoon came to my mind when I was thinking about a very difficult situation I endured several years ago. You may be wondering what’s the correlation between […]

Finding Joy in the Storms of Life

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Dark and stormy nights don’t just happen in fiction novels. Challenges of life seem to creep up on us with surprise just like a mid-summer storm—many times with frightening sounds and overwhelming waves that can paralyze us with fear and hopelessness. The great news is that God is faithful to provide His hand of protection […]

Easing Others’ Pain

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Can you imagine working at one job for over twenty years? I’ve not had that experience, but my friend, Jamie has. Everything was rocking along for him just as it had been for the twenty-plus year’s prior—until new management came along. Suddenly, Jamie’s position was eliminated! Change in philosophy. Change in organizational structure. Change in company priorities. […]

Remembering Christmas past

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Normally, we look forward to Christmastime. Isn’t it fun to catch up with loved ones you haven’t seen in a while? We expect things to be unchanged from how they’ve always been—same childhood home, same favorite foods, same neighborhood sites, same parents. But sometimes those familiar places and people from the past aren’t the same. […]

Talking to your children and teenagers about tragedy

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Tragedy happens everyday. With the click of a television remote or the close of a webpage…we can remove this painful reality from our thoughts and go on about our day. When the tragedy happens in our community, there is nothing that can be clicked to remove the heartache at each of our back doors. This is […]