Grinning through Hurricane Harvey and Beyond

My guest blogger today is Kathy Carlton Willis, the Grin Gal. Kathy wrote this before Hurricane Harvey hit the town where she lives in Texas, yet if you knew her, you’d have solid evidence that she does live what she says. Kathy grinned her way through a week without electricity and water, which means without air conditioning in the Texas heat. She continued to look for positives, even when dealing with health problems and more in the midst of the storm. Where Does that Grin Come From? by Kathy Carlton Willis I’m often asked, “How can you keep grinning despite […]

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Savoring the Not-So-Perfect Life

by Michelle Rayburn When I was young, my mother cooked most meals from scratch, baked six loaves of bread every week and canned enough vegetables to feed the neighborhood if we ever had to retreat to a bomb shelter. But on occasion, we had TV dinners when she worked the evening shift at the hospital and my dad had to feed us three kids. September 10 is National TV Dinner Day, and it has me reminiscing about those foil-covered aluminum trays with frozen mystery meat and gravy, blobs of mashed potatoes, corn and chocolate pudding—because who doesn’t cook their pudding […]

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Memorial Brings Healing and New Purpose

My second guest blogger in September is Dana Bridges Stout. She shares her story of how she found healing when she named the son and daughter she never held. Dana shows how she turned something difficult into an opportunity to help other women heal. That’s life, repurposed. Honoring the Unborn by Dana Bridges Stout “You want me to what?” I said as my defenses exploded in anger. “No way, no how! I purposely never wanted to do that because I knew it would be too painful, too real.” My Abortion Recovery Bible study facilitator assigned us to name our aborted babies […]

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Blessings…What Does that Really Mean?

How do you sign your e-mails or your letters to people? I sign many greetings with “Love, Michelle.” That’s because much of what I write is to family and close friends. Business correspondence, I sign with “Regards,” or “Sincerely.” But what about the in-between communication? Sometimes “love” is too familiar, but “regards” is too stuffy. Then what? Warmly? Maybe. Best? That could work.  Often, I sign my greetings with “Blessings.” What does that mean? Do I use it too flippantly, without giving it enough thought? I hope not. To me, it says: An abundance of peace to you. May God […]

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