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How To Stop Striving For Perfection

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Do you find yourself in a place where you are struggling to be perfect? You want to change, and yet you just can’t seem to stop the vicious cycle. You start out striving for excellence, after all – doing your best is a worthy and noble attribute, but somehow you end up on the other side, trying for perfection. Of course, we know perfection never happens, so we are left disappointed, exhausted, and missing what God had in mind. Join...

Would You Call It Fear, Anxiety, or Worry?

What is worry? Is it different from fear and anxiety? What do you think? I so wanted my dog to head out to say hello to the cute little dog on the other side of the fence, but he would not budge. As I coaxed and pushed, it was as if his legs would not work. I thought to myself – well that is strange. So I took off running out the door thinking he would follow behind. To my...

When Holiday Traditions Hurt

Do you love the sweet rituals that the holidays bring but what happens when you find yourself in a place where the holiday traditions hurt?

Maybe you are a little bit like me, and planning for the holidays and creating lasting traditions is just who you are. Do you love the sweet rituals that the holidays bring but what happens when you find yourself in a place where the holiday traditions hurt? Maybe circumstances have made the traditions impossible, or someone is missing from the celebrations. Traditions once loved can now feel unbearable to carry on. Back in 2008, my heart ached at every step...

Is Sending Money Worth More Than Going?

I admit I was skeptical. Should we have all stayed home, sent in our money and paid to have real builders produce a beautiful church?

Today was different! I woke up with an excitement that matched my thirty-four fellow teammates. Today was the day we would travel to a remote town in the Dominican Republic to build a church. I admit I was skeptical. I am no carpenter, and from the looks of my teammates, it didn’t appear as though too many of them had experience in construction. But we all crowded into small buses laughing and singing, excited to encounter a new act of...

Are you willing to get out of your comfort zone?

I had finally said yes to something that had pulled at my heart for years. I chose to get out of my comfort zone and take my first mission trip to the Dominican Republic. As we traveled, I grew wearier from lack of sleep, and I began to question the value of such a trip. Questions jumped out at me, “What did I have to offer?”  “Would communication be impossible?” As I looked around at my team of 34, the...

Do you always listen to that voice inside of you?

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  Do you always listen to that voice inside of you? The cold water rushed up into our faces as we tried to understand what had just happened. I first started trying to gather my belongings, then quickly looked around counting one child two, oh my gosh where is my third child. He is missing! I let out a blood-curdling scream from the depths of my soul. I am sure it was heard for miles and miles. You know that...