The Joy of Phillip

This morning Phillip, our dog, came running in from outside eager for breakfast. When he’s excited he sticks his claws out and slides all over the laminate wood flooring. Today he had extra momentum and slid right into the dining room table and a chair […]

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#blacklivesmatter

My heart hurts. It aches for the men who are shot without cause, for the loved ones who witness it and the children who are forced to grow up too fast, for the officers who don’t receive proper training, for the legal system that isn’t […]

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A broken Father’s Day

It was Father’s Day. A day where we celebrate our fathers and hope that we can honor them through something special and out of the ordinary. However, on this day where dads typically feel an extra boost of respect, one father was left broken. He […]

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Why pray?

In light of recent events, it’s easy to ask, “Why pray?” It’s easy to question His power and will. It’s easy to falter in faith. And so I sat down to reflect on why we pray. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, […]

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To be a neighbor

Every week one of The Salvation Army Officers will provide a devotional. Last week’s began with a brief remembrance of Mr. Rogers: his sweaters, canvas shoes, and friendly smile, and finally his theme song. Mr. Rogers intro focuses on one thing: the neighborhood. He sings […]

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Upside Down

We, as sinners wrapped up in the current culture, have a perception that everything must be earned. Dignity? Respect? Salvation? It transcends to how we treat others, especially those we assume have failed. We cling to status, class, race, appearance, and the right words. From […]

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Lessons on the road

This weekend my husband and I moved to the big city. It’s been chaotic living out of boxes; something as simple as putting together an outfit for the day becomes a challenge to overcome before traipsing out the door. Then, instead of my meager 15 […]

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Hello, I’m…

There is something about an interview that brings out your best, or perhaps more accurately, your ideal self. For that hour, I am smiley, vibrant, and attentive; I listen well, I pause to think, and then I respond with care. As I’ve gone through numerous […]

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Up & Out

For a while now, James and I have been discussing the possibility of a move out of Rochester. On multiple occasions, God would put in our path an opportunity to move, but just as quickly that opportunity would vanish. Nevertheless, we felt the tug that […]

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Together

As a coworker left the room I let him know we’d be praying for him. I said this statement as if in closing, the easiest way to say goodbye since I couldn’t imagine telling him “have a good weekend” as he was heading to a […]

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Open Door Policy

We’ve all done it before: either the door was left cracked open or it remained unlocked, and in we barged. We didn’t know that on just the other side of the door someone was seeking privacy as they stood in front of the mirror getting […]

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DONOR

It seems so appropriate that the month of April, when plants sprout with new life, we get the opportunity to celebrate and raise awareness of organ donation. Becoming an organ donor is simple and it’s a wonderful way to share life and spread hope. My […]

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