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The Darkroom

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My father was a photographer in WWII and after he and my mother were married, he built a small photography business on the side. Nuptials and newborns were his venues of choice, but even at family functions, if my dad didn’t have a cigar in his hand, he was setting up his tripod. He’d position […]

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9 Relationship Rationalizations that Keep you Stuck

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The most well-known love junkie in the Bible is the woman who met Jesus at the well. I wish I knew her name, but the book of John only refers to her as the “woman at the well.” I always thought it’d be easier to give her a name instead of a label, so I […]

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When the Pain Won’t Stop

When the Pain Won't Stop

June 12, 1998 The lingering rays of the afternoon sun shone through my kitchen window accentuating the cobalt blue mosaic tile on the backsplash as I washed Jacob’s sippy cup. I listened as my two sons, five-year-old Garrett and two-year-old Jacob played in the backyard under the limbs of our pecan trees. Their laughter sent […]

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Watch Your Mouth!

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Did your parents ever tell you to watch your mouth? As a young girl, whenever I complained, cried or criticized my mother’s voice rose a few octaves as she warned, “Christine, don’t give me any lip! You better watch your mouth!” I knew it was time to shape up when she used my full name. […]

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Why I Love Libraries

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When I was young my mother took my little brother and I to the library every two weeks. I loved the distinctive smell of paper married with ink. Fascinated by the endless collection of shelves packed with dreams and dictionaries, histories and fantasies, I wondered how thoughts made the journey from someone’s mind to the […]

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3 Reasons Why you Should Love Yourself More

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1. To advance the kingdom. Jesus told us to love others as we love ourselves. Maybe you’ve embraced only part of this truth—that you are only supposed to be concerned with loving others. That seems to be the more spiritual thing to do. But that’s only part of what Jesus said. We are also supposed […]

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What Relationship Addiction Looks Like

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Below is a list of common attributes and false beliefs that women battling relationship addiction often have. Read through the list and check the ones you identify with. If you can relate to several of the bulleted items, chances are you struggle with relationship addiction. Before you get started, however, I have a confession to […]

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Cloaked in Camouflage

Cloaked in Camouflage

My father and I were never very close. As an adult looking back, I can see how much he loved me, but as a young girl, I longed for his affection and lingering conversation. Instead, his demeanor often seemed tense and our dialogues were laced with, “Get to the point, Chrissy!” I grew up with the distinct perception that I was […]

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No Regrets

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How do you deal with regrets once you have repented? Do you easily accept God’s forgiveness and move on, never really thinking about your sin again?  Or do you think that the amount of sorrow you feel over your sin somehow justifies your right to be forgiven? 2 Cor 7:10 says this: “Godly sorrow brings […]

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Measure your Life in Love

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I grew up in a home where it was understood that holidays were required family gatherings. It was an absolute. No excuses. But that didn’t mean everyone looked forward to them. That didn’t mean everyone got along. Sometimes we just tolerated each other long enough for the family photo at the dining table. Far too often, […]

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