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    Winning the Battle

    Good morning!   Alas, I am one of the fallen soldiers in the flu versus man war. I hope to offer fresh material by Thursday.  Meanwhile, enjoy this archived post.   The tension in my classroom felt brittle, electrified.  My…

  • Encouragement

    Bullies

    Bullies are everywhere found.  One friend of mine entered his first ministry assignment with full heart and eager energy. Serving as a layperson for many years in music ministry, the excitement of a full time opportunity drew he and his…

  • Encouragement,  Leadership skills

    Eagles and Turkeys

    For the fourth time that week, a teacher stopped me and asked me for my hall pass.  The first three accepted my explanation.  The fourth doubted my story entirely until a choir student passed us with a cheery, “Hi, Mr.…

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    Got Stress?

    Slowly, the MRI machine started to pull me into its deepest recesses.  I did fine for approximately one minute before I dissolved into a full-blown panic attack.  It was 1980 something and they weren’t so quick to give out the…

  • Encouragement

    When People Leave

    I felt angry, betrayed and gloomy. Several families who joined one of our churches a few years earlier disappeared, then moved their memberships.  When they were new members, their enthusiasm for Ken’s preaching and leadership style bubbled.  They involved themselves…

  • Encouragement

    Valleys of Despair Part Two- Money Blues

    Twenty years ago, God called my husband, Ken, and I out of full time ministry into the business world.  No moral failure or any such thing was involved.  God simply said, “Appreciate all you’ve done but I’m wrapping up this…

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    Valleys of Despair Part One

    My first landscape project nearly killed gardening for me.  Our parsonage yard butted against the church parking lot.  Congregation members randomly appeared on my back patio by strolling in from said parking lot.  If we weren’t outside, they’d appear at…