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door of Hope

door of Hope

Valley of Achor desert of trouble buried in rubble pull me out pull me up away from the wild well watered away from the war well waged away from the wind protected and planted stable and strong no longer lost tossed blown or thrown rooted and ready secure and steady...

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the dream door

the dream door

the dream door opened quickly something new to explore the heart soared even in sorrow sadness so deep one could know one could find joy to seep through the mind the pain, the fear and then it shut

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8 Things I Learned While Traveling

8 Things I Learned While Traveling

Firsts can't be repeated. I went to a conference for a second time. Apparently I carried high expectations with me. I didn't know that until the week ended and I felt some unexplained disappointment. What was I expecting? Was I subconsciously comparing this year to...

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My Journey with “F” Words

My Journey with “F” Words

Every year I pick a word that seems to relate to life at the time. And apparently, I'm drawn to "F" words. It started five years ago... 2014. I chose FOCUS. This was the year I struggled a lot. I turned thirty, the milestone I dreaded. I sought answers for thyroid...

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Becoming Comfortable in the Uncomfortable

Becoming Comfortable in the Uncomfortable

We don't like to be out of our comfort zone. Disability means I can instantly be out of mine. There is a discomfort around disability. Being uncomfortable is a way of life for me. I can be immune to this fact. In the past year, several friends have said, "You push me...

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The Bridge Called Community, part two

The Bridge Called Community, part two

The next morning you suddenly said to a circle of people at church, "Hey guys, this is my friend, Laura. She has a disability, in case you didn't know it and you can ask her any questions. She is happy to answer them and likes being the spokesperson for all disabled...

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The Bridge Called Community, part one

The Bridge Called Community, part one

A group of people can come into your life and change it. This post is for those people. You are dear to me. You're an answer to a prayer I prayed two years before we met: "Deepen the right friendships, Lord. Lead me to the people who are or will be part of my close...

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When We Invite People In

When We Invite People In

Over the summer, I had a conversation with someone I knew well in college. She was my suite-mate for two years and we shared more than one friend group by being in the same organizations. We met for coffee and reminisced about the college days and what is going on...

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Bringing New into Now

Bringing New into Now

Recently a friend and I talked and thought about the past year. We saw a common theme in our lives. We had watched God work through unexpected storms. There are times I call the storms "mountains" because it can feel impossible to climb the obstacle in front of us....

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Returning Home in a Fog

Returning Home in a Fog

After my week in Raleigh, I came home and immediately started thinking about next year's conference. Would I be able to go again? Could I wait that long to see these new friends again? I had met people from all over the country and world...England, France, Canada,...

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