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JoAnn
Who Needs Reese’s? So I’ve gone 3 months without a chocolate chip cookie or a single slice of chocolate cake. I didn’t think such a thing was possible. I remember a conversation I had with my buddy Chu a couple of years ago about how his awesome wife Bethany had given up sugar and I...
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Have you ever had one of those nights where you’re laying in bed, the house is quiet, and you’re pretty sure you’re dying? Your head hurts, or you’re having a pain in the general region of your heart, or you have a stomach ache, and every possible malady that could drive a person to the...
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I know sometimes it might seem like I have it all together; I have it all figured out. That is not the case. I share stories of my journey in hopes that my stories may help others walking parallel paths. But I most certainly don’t have life, faith, confidence, kindness or love all figured out....
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It’s been a rough few days in our area with heavy rains causing widespread flooding. Several roads near our house are closed because of standing water and the river nearby is spilling over as it takes on more water receding from nearby towns. So as I sat on our (covered) back porch tonight, watching yet...
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I grew up listening to and reading Bible stories. I sang the songs. I acted them out. I knew the child-friendly lessons by heart. So approaching these stories as an adult is challenging, but every once in a while I have a moment of inspiration and I see something I’ve never seen before. Take, for...
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A few days ago someone asked me, “So when are you due?” I am not pregnant. I would love to be pregnant, but in that moment, the desire to be pregnant and the being mistaken for being pregnant were not so compatible. I suddenly felt incredibly conscious of my weight, what I was wearing, and...
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Love big. Love until it hurts and then love some more. Don’t confuse love with a feeling. Love is a choice. The truest love is sacrifice – time and energy are often required – but dying to self for the sake of love is the greatest gift. So love big. Choose to love. It’ll change...
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Do you remember when you were little and people would ask you what you wanted to be when you grew up? If you’re anything like me, the answer was usually associated with some career. On any given day I wanted to be a teacher, a waitress, a fairy princess or the next Lois Lane. It...
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Too often I judge not another person’s flaws, but the reflection of my own imperfections seen in someone else. I use judgement as armor to protect myself or as a shield to hide behind. But when my mind is clouded with judgement there isn’t room for compassion, and, many times, the one most in need...
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I need to start off with a confession that should come as a surprise to exactly no one: I am a sugar addict. I am the girl who finished off an entire bag on Pixy Stix on the drive from Flint to Lansing and who has always had a (not so) secret chocolate stash in...
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