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Dear Heather

*Today's letter is written by my wonderful friend Betty Gail Jones, who has impacted countless children, teenagers, and college students over the years through her work in children's ministry, collegiate ministry, mission work, and church planting. She is a fireball and someone God has certainly used in my life.* Dear Heather, I am calling you… Continue reading Dear Heather

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Dear Maggie

*During the month of November, I like to write letters--and feature guest writers who write letters--to thank people and to express gratitude. Since my entire blog centers on gratitude, this letter writing project during November is just another way to express my gratitude. The act of living in gratitude is something I practice as part… Continue reading Dear Maggie

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Godmothers

*Thank you, Henry Petty, for serving as today's guest contributor!" My Godmother, Dr. Estrella Aesjo, had a major influence on me and my cousin (her daughter).  She is a pediatrician in Southern California, but she exhibited such warmth and kindness that it resonated in my being.  Like myself, she is also Filipino.  I guess us Filipinos are made… Continue reading Godmothers

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Adventure bandana

*Special thanks to my nephew, Walter Pitts, for serving as today's guest contributor. He recently returned from a whirlwind tour of Europe with friends, and following his journey via Facebook was entertaining and inspiring. I'm thankful he's willing to share some of his adventure with you.*Freshman year I applied for my passport at the Fayetteville… Continue reading Adventure bandana

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Eating an elephant

I'm not sure if I agree with Tom Petty's claim that waiting is the hardest part. Sometimes getting started is more difficult. Recently, my friend and recent guest contributor to this blog, Mary Agrusa, posted a writing prompt on her LinkedIn group, Christian Bloggers - Cross Currents, related to the word "initiate." I didn't have… Continue reading Eating an elephant

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The written word

In an era marked by sore thumbs from rampant texting and Tweeting, the written word seems to have faded into the communicative background, or at best, been shortened, squeezed, and compressed into an abbreviated form of its former self. Sure, the written word still has its place. But as the price of postage rises, and… Continue reading The written word

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No Joneses in my neighborhood

We all know people who spend their whole lives fighting, striving, climbing, and crying their way to the top--or at least, to become more like the Joneses. The "Joneses" differ in each sector in life. The neighbors who trade in their fancy SUVs every two years and seem to have an excess of everything pleasurable.… Continue reading No Joneses in my neighborhood