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Adapting to a New Haven

Adapting to a New Haven

A safe or peaceful place. That's one definition for haven -- the word of the day. What comes to mind? Where do you run? What place brings you peace or rest? I used to go to a certain corner of the local Panera. All the employees that knew me knew my favorite spot. But...

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Breaking Through Barriers: When Expectations Affect Identity

Breaking Through Barriers: When Expectations Affect Identity

Last week I left you with this question: In what ways could I enjoy life now without giving up these simple dreams forever? After my thirtieth birthday, I began to consciously work through this question. I reframed how I viewed my current life and dug out these...

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Why We Need Hope and Cheer

Why We Need Hope and Cheer

When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer. -Psalm 94:19 I return to this over and over -- We need each other. Life is better when we share it with people. We learn how to love, how to forgive, how to walk through the expected and...

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Breaking Through Barriers: Letting Go of Expectations

Breaking Through Barriers: Letting Go of Expectations

Thirty. It wasn't about the number. It was what the number represented and how everything came to the surface as a day of celebration approached. I didn't want to turn 30. I was a mess on the inside. That birthday reminded me I was not where I wanted to be. I had...

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Expect to Be Surprised

Expect to Be Surprised

There's a funny thing about expectations. We don't always know which ones to hold onto and which ones we need to lay down. Even in the past week I have seen how God wants me to let go of expectations and open my eyes to see what He is doing. It's often not what we...

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Breaking Through Barriers: Simple Dreams, part two

Breaking Through Barriers: Simple Dreams, part two

What does it feel like... To rise from the bed and stretch without someone lifting your body or moving your arms for you... To open the front door and go for a run or bike ride with thoughts of no one else... To hop in your car and go somewhere by yourself for hours...

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On Growing Up

On Growing Up

Ten years ago I moved. From one small town to another. From a place I called home for 4 years to the place that is my home once again. Ten years ago I woke up in a dorm. It was my favorite one on campus and the building is no more. They knocked it down a year or so...

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Breaking Through Barriers: Simple Dreams, part one

Breaking Through Barriers: Simple Dreams, part one

Facing my limits isn't something new for me. However, life with a physical disability looks and feels different as an adult in a way. I'm not hopping on a school bus every day. I'm not interacting with many of the same people I knew in childhood. I'm no longer living...

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A Lesson I Would Miss

A Lesson I Would Miss

I have to be honest. I almost missed writing this post today. I'm tired. I'm low on energy. I'm wishing for the sunshine to come back and stay for days. I don't do well with endless clouds and rain. But I saw a glimpse of the sun this afternoon. I didn't miss it. A...

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Breaking Through Barriers: Facing My Limits

Breaking Through Barriers: Facing My Limits

It's not always easy to face our limits. To know how weak we are or how much we need others. Whatever the reason, limits exist. Eventually we have to face the limits in our lives in order to understand them. Hopefully we can find a way around our limits. This isn't...

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