What I’ve Been Up To (April)

  I just returned from Spokane, Washington where I was asked to speak to the students at Moody Bible Institute. John and I had never been there and were stunned by the beauty. The weather was warm, all the trees were flowering, and the skies were virtually cloudless. Our favorite time of day was early morning. We would sit in front of our gas fireplace in the hotel and sip coffee. After...
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She’s Here!

She’s here!   Two weeks after my daughter’s due date her water broke and she went into labor. This was in the morning. (Later that evening she was supposed to check into the hospital for an induction.)   She labored 24 hours and then had to have a C-section. Baby Rosalie was born healthy.     I’m delirious still, with love and fatigue. I got to spend the...
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Healing the Wounded Heart of Sexual Abuse

      Recently a Facebook Friend was talking about sexual abuse. I said, “People should read Dan Allender’s new book Healing the Wounded Heart. Then she would know her feelings are universal amoung sexual abuse survivors.”   If you have been sexually abused, or if you work with those who have like I do as a Licensed Professional Counselor, you probably know...
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What I’ve Been Up To

What’s Keeping Me Busy In early January we had a baby shower for my daughter Taylor. Her in-laws flew in from Texas and we had a bunch of young women here at our house to celebrate. It was a blast. At the end of January I invited a few of my friends to InTea so they could rub Taylor’s belly. Each of them brought a copy of their favorite children’s book. Taylor was in a car wreck in January. A...
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Why Attachment Is The Most Crucial Aspect In Relationships

   (The following is an excerpt from my book Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World) In 1995 the Fort Worth Star-Telegram assigned journalist Tim Madigan the task of writing about children’s television icon Fred Rogers (Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood). In the book, I’m Proud of You, Tim describes the unexpected and healing bond the two men formed. When the friendship began,...
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Why I Love Old People

I love old people. At least the ones I see at the rec center where I go swimming. When I walk by the lazy river I see them walking in little clusters. Almost always they are smiling while they talk. I’ve noticed something else. Most of them have given up on modesty. I think it’s because they are more interested in others than themselves. They peel off their bathing suits and wander...
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