Discover Grace

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Discover Grace

They were new in town. In fact, they had not even been there a week when all hell broke loose. What was supposed to be an orientation as one of the pastoral positions, turned into a full-blown open book confession. The wife whom I’m sure was still unpacking and figuring out where things should be set up in her new home was completely bewildered by the unexpected company: the elders, pastors and her husband. Before she could even ask, the truth came out. Her husband …

Courageous Decision

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Teen Pregnancy

Victoria was nineteen when she went into Hope Women’s Centers for a pregnancy test. At the time, Victoria had family and relationship issues going on. She was scared. She also had financial pressure knowing she would have to move out of her mom’s house, also not knowing if the father of the baby would step up or back off. The patient advocate reminded Victoria that this baby was a blessing. Victoria said, “She made me feel normal.” Victoria found the courage to carry when she saw …

Discover Freedom

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Discover Freedom

I walked through the parking lot and into the church, not knowing what to expect. “We are asking that everyone walk past, pay your respects and then find your seats” the usher said. I was attending the funeral for my friend’s brother. He was killed in action in Afghanistan on October 13th, 2010. His last letter home said this, “There are IED’s everywhere…It’s an eerie feeling knowing that your next step could be your last.” It was an IED that took him out of this …

Discovering Kindness

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Discover Kindness

I had just gotten home from work and was feeling worn out, weary, tired of fighting. The emotional accompaniment of loss was like a heavy bag I constantly carry. Suddenly, I spotted a package on my bed. Immediately, I dropped my stuff and opened it. Inside the package was a book, a letter from my dear friend and a ring. The gift was so thought-out, intentional, and just enough of a boost to help me keep fighting. And the ring? Its my daily reminder to …

Discover Hope

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Discover Hope

Do you have an expectant heart? I recently read a blog that made me think about the things in life that I view as “interruptions” – the untimely phone call, the illness, the staff member with a question, or the issues with computers or printers that won’t cooperate. All of us know what it feels like to get bogged down in the unending challenges of daily life. I was reminded by this blog that I need to embrace the interruptions and see them as gifts …