Tag: #YouMatter

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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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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