These middle school students didn’t see it coming

They came for a Rock concert but they left changed and inspired. Rock singer/songwriter Robb Nash, who walked away from a recording deal, is speaking life to youth who are contemplating suicide. He’s been given 800 plus suicide notes from young audience members – notes they carried on them, ready to use! After hearing Robb’s story, they turned them over to him, resolving to live. A few weeks ago, I volunteered at one of…

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Surviving the Storm – Self Care for a Hurting Heart

Recently we got together with our pastor friends. Our conversation was like a breeze of spring air in a stale apartment. It had been a rough week and our visit had been a refreshing oasis. There’s something powerful about connecting with others who are likeminded and who build each other up and encourage each other, isn’t there? Whether in work, relationships, parenting, or our own spiritual, mental, or emotional health, these moments of refreshment…

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When Home is Where the Memories Are (Sometimes you CAN Go Back)

My Mom, my sisters and myself in photo.   I just got back from our annual weekend family vacation, and my heart is full. For years my mom’s family has reunited on the shores of Moose Lake. Cabins and campers and tents fill with aunts, uncles, cousins, grandkids - anyone who can make it. It’s our (almost sacrosanct) annual tradition. And with Mom’s family of 13 kids, each with their own big families, it’s…

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