We have lived in Houston twice in our married life and have many lifelong friends in the middle of the mess called Harvey. One friend who lives here in Wisconsin where I live now wrote and told me she wants to pray but can’t even figure out what to pray in a situation of this …

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Today is my son’s birthday.  Before I even had a chance to get my coffee he texted asking me what time he was born – as I tried to remember I was suddenly back at University Hospital in Cleveland, Ohio.  I haven’t thought about the experience in years. We moved to Cleveland from Raleigh, N.C. …

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“This was the BEST conference ever!” as proclaimed by Carol Kent (every year running) but this year, I think she was right! Here are my top ten reasons why: FRESH – There was a youth movement at Speak Up this year! A new generation passionate about God’s word and sharing it with others AND an …

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[H]I had to chuckle when the gentleman praying in church on Sunday asked God to bless those across the sea and those we wish were across the sea.  A gentle reminder that sometimes we are just hard on each other!  Sadly, my list of those I wish were across the sea is longer than the …

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[G] This Thanksgiving we sat around the table with the same family friends who have welcomed us for 22 years. As always we went person to person answering, “What are you thankful for?” When it was my turn instead of words all I could find were tears because I was overcome by the strangest combination …

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Taking an alphabet break to share some other thoughts – it will be back! I get ridiculously excited in the spray paint aisle at Home Depot because I love a good rummage sale, especially the ones filled with items that are one can away from a total transformation. As I gave new life to an …

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[F] In the year 2005 the word “friend” became a verb, as in “attached to an object.” There was suddenly a difference between friend (as in someone you know well, love and favor) and Facebook friend (someone you connect with by clicking a button). In social media friendship you may not even know each other …

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[E]As a mom of four, sometimes I enjoy one child more than another. I know they feel the same about me. Age, stage, hormones and hang ups can affect all of us to the point that we are just hard to be with. I have wondered often if God feels this way about me. Are …

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[D]My sister in law has just built a beautiful home in the hills overlooking Comfort, Texas. As both a designer and an artist she has a very unique eye for beauty and detail, often in unusual places. One of the things that makes her home so distinctive is the doors are all reclaimed from other …

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“God often teaches the unknown through the known.” – Beth Moore What does it look like to live a life of faith? Are there simple answers to hard questions? I am told I teach hard things in simple ways and I hope to do that here at eSpeaks. In my first blog series I am …

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