It Takes a Village

Life is hard, busy, and fill in the blank with whatever word you feel best describes it for you right now. Along with whatever it is, we as students are told to, “Go make the world a better place” and “Be successful” and “Make a name for yourself.” Lately, I have been questioning the possibility...
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Go and Sin No More

The Gospels detail Jesus’ encounters with hundreds of different people. He instructs tremendous crowds, debates with scholarly religious leaders, and is even presented before powerful political rulers. He heals the sick, forgives the sinner, and calms the storm. However, of all the tales of Jesus’ interactions, none has struck me as powerfully as that of...
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Silent Night, Holy Night

I love this time of year. The music, the time with friends and family, and the cooler weather all come together to make the Christmas season feel unique and special. I especially love taking my kids to look at Christmas lights. I love seeing the ambient glow of meticulously decorated houses light up their amazed...
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Fret Not

I appreciate people caring to know about my life, yet I find it difficult to answer, “How are you?” It seems like such a big question. How do I know what someone is really asking? Is the question really an extended form of a greeting? Is it their go-to question when talking with others, and...
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Spirituality and Health

Although little is known about the way faith positively affects us, there is a clear connection between body, mind, and spirit. A holistic model of healthcare encompasses the bio-psycho-socio-spiritual aspect of humanity, acknowledging the interrelated complexity of body and spirit. The practice of one’s faith brings benefit through religious sacraments, meditation, study, and prayer. Spirituality...
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When Life Gives You Lemons…

As you go through life, you meet many challenges, curves, and obstacles – lemons. Think how boring life would be if you never make mistakes, everything goes exactly as you want all the time, and you never encounter challenges. You may be inclined to choose to surrender and let things have negative impacts on yourself...
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Be an Encouragement!

Whom can you bless today? In our busy lives, we are sometimes able to glean encouragement from something we read. An encouraging word can come from any source, such as this quote: “Today will never come again. Be a blessing. Be a friend. Encourage someone. Take time to care.” We can look to the Bible...
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Can’t See the Tree for the Forest

Have you ever had one of those “aha” moments? A moment in time in which things come into focus?  The older I get, the more frequent those events become. Which leads me to wonder why I did not have these aha moments when I was much younger, but that is for another conversation. My latest...
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Joy and Sorrow

Death is Not Distant In recent days, the state of Texas and the nation have come together to grieve the tragic death of Harrison Brown. Harrison was the victim of a random stabbing on the campus of the University of Texas in Austin. As the news spread quickly, and an outpouring of love and support...
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