Tag Archives: alcoholism

What You Don’t Know Can Save Your Life

As I navigate back into some normalcy after a few days of company and sick kids, I’m re-posting one of my favorite stories. At least that’s what the stats tell me. Hope this Monday on the heels of holiday finds … Continue reading

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Leaving Church

For the next six weeks, we’ll be exploring the question, “How do we walk out our faith in the midst of pain, suffering, disappointment, and loneliness,” with a book club discussion on Thursdays about Leaving Church by Barbara Brown Taylor. … Continue reading

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Letting Go of the Past

Providential Relationships He sees me wince, grab my lower back with one hand, balance the cup steeping tea in the other.  Leans over to grab a cup and asks if the low back pain is normal for me. I tell … Continue reading

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Awakenings That Lead to Defining Moments

I’m not sure when I stopped dreading weekends and coming home after being gone all day. All of fifteen and I breathe shallow years that come with the push of a grocery cart down the liquor aisle with my mother. The … Continue reading

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For When You Feel Guilty About Your Feelings

It’s been two days since I received the phone call about the death of my brother. I haven’t cried yet. I’m wavering between wondering if I’ve arrived at the place of assurance in the mystery, of knowing that life doesn’t … Continue reading

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Surprised by Redemption

Sage green corduroys and bell-bottom jeans with frayed ends hang next to the three shirts in the empty closet.  All of thirteen and I stare at them like paintings I am tired of looking at on my wall. It isn’t until my … Continue reading

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Because What You Don’t Know, Can Save Your Life

We have a nightly dinner ritual that makes me feel insecure on most days. No one is aware of it, except for me.  Because admitting it, that would be embarrassing. My husband was born with an uncanny ability to remember … Continue reading

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When Being Brave is the Only Choice

I was born with a loaf of brave under my arm that sustains me still. Brave lifted me out of bed on a dark night, into my mother’s bedroom where the man she brought home, the one three times my … Continue reading

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