Trading Up: TV for True Life

Trading Up: TV for True Life

I love when the lights drop and I can just lift up my eyes to some easy story on the silver screen. I sip my favorite orange tea with honey and fall into some new AMC adventure or epic remake, like Superman: Man of Steel. Ryan and I were heading into one of those AMC escapes when we started talking about something so moving that we both just lost interest in whatever movie we were planning to see. We left the theater and began our initial...

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The Living Dead: A Wilted Woman

The Living Dead: A Wilted Woman

I was having one of those days when nothing seemed to be going as planned. I wanted to crawl back in bed so I could rise again to some other, new beginning. Just as I was having one of those mornings, for no apparent reason, a friend brought me a beautiful bouquet of roses, stargazers, and carnations. I inhaled their sweet fragrance and cut the stems at an angle so they’d absorb the water and nutrient packet I poured into the vase. And day by...

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Settling for Silver: Life’s Second Bests and Empty Promises

Settling for Silver: Life’s Second Bests and Empty Promises

Do you ever feel like God is holding out on you? I remember wearing a promise ring that meant my boyfriend and I would eventually be together forever. We had dated off and on for five and a half years. I wanted God’s permission and blessing on our relationship, so when I went to a Christian conference, I decided to leave the ring at home and put the relationship entirely in God’s hands. If He didn’t want us together, then we’d break up. I...

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Inhale

Inhale

When I worked as a camp counselor one summer, I had a girl in my cabin who was horrifically slow at everything. She was a precious fifth grade girl who just took her time getting things done. We were supposed to be at the flag pole at 7:30 in the morning, but you cannot wake your girls up before 7:00 am. I had half an hour to get seven girls ready, the cabin cleaned and walk to the flag pole. Well, with “Miss Take Her Time,” we were a few...

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Holding out for his Hero

Holding out for his Hero

It was September 11, 2010 when Melinda realized a twin engine plane had flown straight into the heart of her family. She was pumping gas when her daughter called notably upset, asking her to come home. Melinda’s son needed some files from his dad’s computer and while searching for the documents, the son found disturbing websites and images. Distraught, he confided in his sister, and they decided they had to tell their mom. Melinda pulled into...

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Free from being Good

Free from being Good

My childhood goal was to be a “good girl,” taking perfectionism to a whole new level. I belonged to every club, was an honor student, and felt incredibly guilty if I did not have an hour of quiet time with God every evening—praying and reading my Bible. I knew the Truth that God would not love me less for any sin I committed. This was not hard for me to grasp since I thought I had not committed any sin too hellacious at this point. However, I...

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Super Bowl; Super Me

Super Bowl; Super Me

I love the JumboTron—but not for the reasons you might think. I don’t love it because its massive screen allows us folks in the cheap seats a decent view of the game. No, I love the JumboTron because of the power it has to make people do the silliest things.  I’ve seen middle-aged men in sensible sweaters leap to their feet and shimmy like Britney Spears. I’ve been showered in pink punch by a small child who had flailed himself into a frenzy,...

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