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Venturing out after quarantine

Venturing out after quarantine

Three months. That’s how long I stayed away from church. My family and I attended Sunday service on March 15 and didn’t attend again until June 14. A lot happened in those three months. Then again, not much happened because we stayed home, “sheltering in place.” But you understand. You’ve lived through this unusual time.…

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How do you define “who am I”?

How do you define “who am I”?

In the movie Overcomer, Thomas asks John, “Who are you?” This question caused me to wonder how do I define “who am I.” John starts listing his titles: basketball coach, history teacher, husband, father. Thomas presses on. “No, what if you are stripped of those, who are you?” When John says follower of Christ, Thomas…

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Home movies trigger lost memories

Home movies trigger lost memories

Home movies trigger lost memories. We capture our moments in videos and photographs so when we are older we can remember what love looks like. On Mother’s Day, we brought out some old movies featuring my two eldest, starting when they were three-years-old and four months, respectively, and continued to when my second son was…

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Comparing homeschooling and home-based education

Comparing homeschooling and home-based education

A year has passed since my last day as a homeschool teacher, but since March, my children studied at home again due to COVID-19. I’ve heard many discussions about the home-based education measures taken because of the pandemic. Views vary to the extremes. But major differences exist between the two: responsibility and investment. I still…

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Using God-given gifts brings joy

Using God-given gifts brings joy

Using your God-given gifts brings you joy, but not everyone understands what drives you. I perused books on a shelf debating on a purchase when someone I knew greeted me with her hand on my arm, laughter bubbling through her words. “Don’t you want to write books some day? And how’s that going for you?”…

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Have you ever won against the odds?

Have you ever won against the odds?

Have you ever won against the odds? In elementary school, shy and nonathletic, I stood on the perimeter of the crowd of kids on the playground watching my classmates race to the schoolyard fence and back. Memories get hazy, but I recall getting called upon to participate. The popular girls’ comments reflected their certainty of…

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Acceptance is life-long need

Acceptance is life-long need

I remember myself as a teen crushing on a boy from afar or wishing to be included in a certain group of girls. We never outgrow the need for acceptance. Somehow through the decades, we still yearn to be valued, included, seen, accepted, wanted. Today acceptance might look like belonging to a certain group or…

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