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The gratitude word

*Today's blog post is a guest post written by my lifelong friend and former neighbor Leslie Ferguson Thomas. I'm always thankful for Leslie's contributions to my blog, but I'm more thankful for her ongoing friendship, her perspective on life, and her willingness to share it. Leslie's husband is currently battling cancer; please keep them in… Continue reading The gratitude word

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Three lessons from my mother

Today's post is written by one of my students, Jesse Shoemaker. Jesse wrote this essay in response to the prompt: Write about your mother or someone who has acted as a mother figure in your life. Describe this person and share at least three lessons you’ve learned from her. My mother is a great influence in my life.… Continue reading Three lessons from my mother

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Day 18: Dear Perfect Baby

*Day 18 of the Dear Gratitude project is really special; my former boss and friend, Jenny Cannon, shares her reflections on her decision to forgo having an amniocentesis procedure prior to delivering her daughter, Claire, who was diagnosed with Down syndrome at birth.* It has been six months.  Six months since I anxiously timed contractions… Continue reading Day 18: Dear Perfect Baby

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You can go your own way

My boyfriend in college once told me that I reminded him of the female character in a Celtic song who was forever "chasing cannonballs." He was right. I have been notorious for stubbornly making my own decisions. I often refer to this tendency as my "God versus Bethany" struggle. For years, mostly due to some… Continue reading You can go your own way

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Things never change

Gratitude rarely actually changes things. Not in my life, anyway. Things stay the same. Circumstances come and go, as all circumstances do. My family members who irk me continue to irk me. The one who never says "I love you" may never say "I love you." My sisters will probably never agree with my lifestyle… Continue reading Things never change

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Day 25–A second chance

*Thank you to my friend Samantha Hogan for sharing her story and her husband's story of how a selfless act by someone else gave him a second chance at life and love. Check out the video that documents this miracle.* I am thankful for so many things in my life.  My God has given me… Continue reading Day 25–A second chance

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Top 12 things I’m grateful for in 2012

Recently I wrote a blog post for my personal blog, My 2012 gift list, and listed the most significant gifts I received in 2012. I didn't list tangible objects or even relationships on the list--I limited my gift list to the intangible yet priceless blessings I received in the form of lessons, inspirations, and virtues.… Continue reading Top 12 things I’m grateful for in 2012