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No room for failure

Each morning, I spend time reading, praying, and meditating. This morning I started reading the book of Joshua in the Bible. I came across a line in verse five that resonated with me. "I will not fail you or forsake you." I underlined that portion of the verse and meditated on it briefly before gathering… Continue reading No room for failure

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Maggie’s first job

My daughter earned her first $1 bill today. Is that legal? Surely not. Well, it happened, nonetheless. We enjoyed lunch after church at a local diner. Our waitress, a young, cheerful woman who told me she had a five year-old son, went out of her way to express kindness to my daughter, and I was thankful.… Continue reading Maggie’s first job

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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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Day 10: Dear Caroline

*Day 10's post comes from my college friend Kelly Williams Barnett, who has become a great mom of a beautiful little girl.* Dear Caroline, Thank you for making most days crazy socks day. Thank you for helping me avoid stepping on hot lava. Thank you for placing the bookmark in my book before closing it… Continue reading Day 10: Dear Caroline

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Day 8: The Beaver Kids Give Thanks

*Today's post is a three-in-one: three first-time guest writers, who happen to be children and siblings, share their gratitude in these inspiring, unedited posts. These kids are amazing, and so are their parents, Jessica Cline-Beaver and Luke Beaver, who I had the privilege of knowing in college. It's worth your time to check out Jessica's… Continue reading Day 8: The Beaver Kids Give Thanks

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Talking her off the ledge

I remember the first semester of my freshman year of college. After a whirlwind week full of orientation activities, including dances, parties, receptions, matriculation, and workshops, I settled into my tiny dorm room with my roommate who had a real love for brewing beer and listening to opera music. I wanted to make friends, do… Continue reading Talking her off the ledge

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Beyond Lucky

Special thanks to Dr. Teresa Burns Murphy, my former professor and fabulous author, for agreeing to write for the Daily Dose of Gratitude blog. Beyond Lucky My maternal grandmother’s name was Emma.  She could shine a sunbeam through my gloomiest thought, sprinkle a soft rain onto my smoldering temper, and splash a dash of magic… Continue reading Beyond Lucky