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Today, not someday

I grew up in a small town in Wisconsin called Johnson Creek. My nearest friend was miles away in another “metropolis,” Helenville. The busy…

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Cabin fever

Winter in the north is hard on machinery and people. Winter stops being crisp really fast. Ice-cold things grind slowly if they grind at…

Life’s Challenges

Triggers and truth are tricky

Your Facebook post isn’t liked as much as you want, so it triggers feelings of low self-worth and failure. Adjustments to routines trigger anxiety….

Life’s Challenges

Where’s your focus?

I’m not sure what you got for Christmas. I got COVID. Thankfully, my physical symptoms were mild. Unfortunately, my emotional and spiritual reactions were…

Life’s Challenges

Are you lonely?

People are lonelier now than ever. Even though loneliness is often portrayed as a weakness, what happened in the beginning suggests otherwise. On the…

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Arise and shine. God is here!

Christmas joy and Christmas grief are the unavoidable extremes of Christmas. Parents of young children, the healthy, and those who have successfully had more…

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When death seems to win

This year I’m really struggling with writing about Easter. For me that’s pretty weird, because I love Easter. I love Jesus. I love that…

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Where do I go with my loneliness?

Just because there are people all around you doesn’t mean that you aren’t lonely. In fact, one of the delusions that you might suffer…

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Backline and nonessential workers: You were made for such a time as this

A few weeks back, I read an article about the ICU staff working with COVID patients in England. The article stated that these frontline…

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Canceling Thanksgiving

I spoke recently with someone who works for a major airline. She said that flight cancelations around Thanksgiving have been staggering. I talked to…

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Come soon, Lord Jesus

There’s lots to love in this life. God’s creation is so beautiful. Childbirth is such a stunning miracle. Children’s voices and laughter are so…

Life’s Challenges

Not the same

Since 2013, I’ve worked as an elderly companion. While caring for my first client, I met a lively British lady who lived through WWII….