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Are You a Mighty Misfit?

Have you ever felt like a misfit? Like an accidentally shrunk good-for-nothing ugly sweater, rejected by its owner and donated to Goodwill? I have. At one point, I doubted God could ever do anything with the mess my life was in. But that is God’s specialty. God turns misfits into champions. That’s what he did […]

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Last Chance to Win a Copy of Chicken Soup

Here’s your last chance to win a copy of Chicken Soup for the Soul’s newest release, Find Your Happiness! All you have to do is read this story and make at least a one word comment (it can be as short as “like”, “love” or “wow”) and I’ll draw a name from the comments on […]

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When is Beauty Vain?

I know a girl named Holly, born in 1887. Her destiny began with purpose and zeal. She set the pace for lifestyle and fashion and soon became the standard, a legend the world followed. None could compare to her glitz and glamour, an icon held in high esteem. But as she rose to fame and […]

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Share Your Dream to Win in The Dumpster Diva Giveaway

On July 29, 2011, I’m giving away one of my recent projects—a shabby chic French country style table reborn in a luxurious shade of Swiss Coffee. The four matching chairs are embellished with cane-back details and recovered in beige linen. Share your dream for your chance to win!  Read on for details! Why a Dream Sharing […]

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Is Your Christmas Too Extravagant?

Christmastime is a time of extravagance. In décor, gifts and spending we see overindulgence everywhere. Many of us spend all we have or more than we have budgeted, often going into debt with credit cards to ensure the season is lavish. International Business Times recently reported that 42% of people are in debt due to […]

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The Yearn to Return

Remember Lot’s wife! Whoever tries to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it (Luke 17:32-33).   Have you ever been a Chreathen? When I first met my husband, John, in 1997 I was straddling the fence with one foot in the world and one foot in church. I […]

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Habitual Ritual: The Meaning Behind Tradition

  When our family puts up the tree each Christmas, I always envision a Rockwellesque family affair, complete with carols, cocoa and cookies. But what usually happens feels more like a testosterone induced Bah Humbug fest than something out of a Norman Rockwell scene. Something in the Johnson male species induces seasonal allergic reactions to […]

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The Gray Day

…and provide for those who grieve in Zion—to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair Isaiah 61:3a (NIV)   I was getting ready for a fashion show. Not that I belong on the runway, […]

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When Verbal Abuse is Necessary

“The Spirit of the Lord spoke through me; his word was on my tongue. 2 Samuel 23:2     When Leslie asked if I would meet her for coffee I could tell something wasn’t right. Sensing her desperation, I cleared my schedule.   “My mother is driving me crazy,” Leslie began. She took a cautious […]

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Here’s to You, Pastor Mark

When people come to my house they usually ooh and ahh about my décor. The truth is that most of it came either from a garage sale, an estate sale or a curbside boutique. It’s a personal hobby/addiction. On occasion, I see an irresistible treasure for someone I know. Such was the case for my […]

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