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Guest Post: Legacy of a Generous Heart

It’s finally beginning to turn cold here in South Louisiana, and I thought it would be appropriate to start the first fire of winter, so I went to the back to grab some kindling. I looked down and saw the lone piece of wood and immediately thought of our Jonathan. This is no ordinary piece…

Rhythm of a Broken Heart

The Rhythm Of A Broken Heart

About 7 years ago a mutual friend introduced me to a man named Joel James. Those of you who know Joel are probably smiling right now with good (and funny) memories coming to mind. Joel is universally described by everyone he knows as “a good dude”. He does what he says he will do, he…

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Divine Providence

Fourteen years ago, I was invited to church by a friend shortly after I moved back to Louisiana from Seattle. I was about 15 weeks pregnant, unmarried, and in a very unhealthy relationship. The night that I first attended that church, there were about 30 people in the congregation.  They’d had their first service just…

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The Immediate Pain of Separation

There was a time in my life, not too long ago, that I was in a hopeless situation. My marriage was completely dead and both my wife and I knew it. We’d known it for years and it had taken a toll on me, but the blow of actually hearing the words “I want a…

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Dear Mary: 9 Months

 Dear Mary, Another month has come and gone, and I have to be honest, I’m starting to get a little sad. This is the season that flies by at warp speed. The holidays are coming up and that’s when everything becomes a blur. Once the holidays are done and the kids are back in school,…

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Bullying: A Mother’s Perspective

I remember it like it was yesterday.  I pulled into the parking lot of the school where the after care kids were playing to pick up my oldest child, who was in 4th grade at the time. Before I could even get his car door open, he began to sob uncontrollably. My kids all have…