Archive | dealing with issues

The Benefits of Caffeine

When I smelled the coffee brewing, I knew John was already up. As I wandered sleepily into the kitchen, my morning-is-my-favorite-part-of-the-day husband beamed as he thrust a package in my face. “Here, Honey, I bought you a little something.” “Nice gift wrap,” I teased as I looked at the attractive plastic bag embellished with a […]

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Blinded by the Light

    I grew up in the 70’s. Well…let me rephrase that. Since I’m not sure that I’ve actually grown up yet, I’ll put it this way—I entered junior high in the 70’s. Back then, I dreamed of being a designer and was always making something. In the seventh grade I had a collection of 60 beaded […]

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When the Flame Ignites


A guest speaker at our church quoted a familiar verse in his sermon on Sunday: In the year that King Uzziah died I saw the Lord high and lifted up. I’ve heard messages on Isaiah 6:1 before but this time, I captured new perspective. Like a flame that ignites from a match head, a new […]

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The Heat of Friction

In my last entry, I confessed that I’m a word nerd. Unfortunately, this condition involves more than just an obsession with dictionaries. It also entails a fixation on encyclopedias. Maybe it’s because I had an incredible fifth-grade English teacher, Mrs. Sease. She made sentence diagramming fun. I didn’t fair so well in science though, but […]

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True Confessions

Ok…I’m a word nerd. It’s true. I actually requested a dictionary for my birthday. Gaye’s husband saw the package and asked, “What’s this for?” “For Christy’s birthday.” “A dictionary?” he said scrunching his forehead. “Why didn’t you get her jewelry or some normal girly stuff?” But for this writer, a dictionary is the best accessory! […]

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The Cancer of Comparison


For years I’ve wondered how I measure up. Looks, possessions, talent and charm.   The list goes on. But comparison is an ugly disease. It’s highly contagious and the age of onset is very young. I know. It infected me a long time ago…it must have been Mattel’s fault. Barbie dolls, Easy Bake ovens, pot […]

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Do You Not Perceive It?

One of my favorite scriptures is Isaiah 43:18-19.  Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I admit. Sometimes when God is up to doing something new in my life, I often have trouble perceiving it. Things […]

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Learning How to See

“My mother-in-law is in the advanced stages of Alzheimer’s Disease,” the woman sitting across from me began. “After years of caring for her in our home, we finally had to put her in a nursing home.”   She flipped through a health magazine left on the table in the waiting room. Her gaze never left […]

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