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In Others’ Words: Who are You?

In Others’ Words: Who are You?

Honest relationships are the best … and honest relationships are hard to come by.  I have to choose to completely trust someone before I open up to them and show them who I am — the good, bad, and the broken. And when I do that, I hope the other person respects what I’ve shared by believing me. I don’t want to have to prove anything. Or repeat myself,  reminding them of wha... Read More »

In Others’ Words: No guarantees

In Others’ Words: No guarantees

Sometimes in life, we want guarantees. If we invest in a friendship, we hope that friendship lasts. If we say to someone else, “Yes, I believe in you,” then we hope the other person will have our back, too — and stand by us, through thick and through thin. If we trust someone — with our hearts, with our dreams, with parts of our lives that others don’t see — tha... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Best of Friends

In Others’ Words: The Best of Friends

There are so many benefits to good friendships — and by “good” I mean strong, safe, stood-the-test-of-time friendships. Mutual understanding Shared laughter “What? You, too?” moments Inexhaustible forgiveness  Unfettered acceptance I’m certain you could add to my list of benefits. But when you find a friend who encourages your dreams, treasure that friend. Our d... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Better Friend

In Others’ Words: The Better Friend

A few weeks ago I heard that September is National Friendship month. I liked the sound of that: a whole month celebrating, among other things, friendship. It’s also National Honey Month. And National Courtesy Month. And National Sewing Month. And National Blueberry Popsicle Month. On a more serious note, September is also National Suicide Prevention Month. And that leads me right back to spe... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Trusting God Whether You Fall or Fly

In Others’ Words: Trusting God Whether You Fall or Fly

Trusting God has been a major theme in my family’s life this year. I know we’re not the only people choosing to trust God as we face challenges. Some of you — dare I say all of you — could share “do I trust God or don’t I trust God?” moments. My daughter CJ chose the word “trust” as her One Word for the past school year. She said she expected t... Read More »

In Others’ Words: What It All Comes Down To

In Others’ Words: What It All Comes Down To

I don’t have a whole lot to say today. Wednesday was a long day. A difficult day. A discouraging day. Have you ever fought for something … or rather fought against something that is wrong? I mean written down in black and white wrong? And you aren’t heard? The wrong-ness of it all continues? And it just doesn’t make sense. Before going another round in this situation —... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Patience and the Willingness to Stay

In Others’ Words: Patience and the Willingness to Stay

Sometimes the situations we are in don’t change. We look and we look, and there’s no door marked EXIT. Okay, yes, I’ll make this blog post personal. I’m dealing with several ongoing situations that, by definition — ongoing, right? — haven’t changed. Circumstances haven’t budged for months. Chronic health issues? Still here. Strained relationships? St... Read More »

In Others’ Words: The Comfort of Love

In Others’ Words: The Comfort of Love

  Sometimes loving someone means not saying anything. Sometimes silence is sacrificial … you give up all your right answers for the sake of someone else’s need to be valued. You choose not to stifle their pain with words, words, and more words. Love should always be safe. When you tell someone you love them, in a very real sense you are telling them, “You can trust me. With ... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Trust In … Trusting

We all put our trust in something. When I was growing up and I had a bad dream, my mother would comfort me and say, “Think nice thoughts.” As I got older, I learned that thinking even the nicest of nice thoughts only got you so far when it came to both bad dreams and the harsh realities of life. Sometimes we put our trust in ourselves — being bigger and badder than the bogeyman u... Read More »

In Others’ Words: Eyes Wide Open (Guest Post by Author Rachel Hauck)

I’m a big sister. The second oldest of five kids with an older brother, two younger and a baby sister. At the age of eight, I’d mastered changing cloth, double diapers held together with stick pins! At ten, I went to my first babysitting job. It was the family next door, but still … I loved children. They loved me. When my husband and I married at 31, we had been friends and dating for four ... Read More »

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