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Finding the Beauty in the Prickles

We all know prickly people. But before we start pointing fingers, isn’t it true that we all act prickly sometimes. Prickly people are hard to be around. They can be defensive, irrupt in anger, blame others for undesired circumstances and withdraw in silence…all in the same conversation. What makes us prickly? Loss of dignity or […]

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Are you tired of trying to read between the lines?

      Last week on a walk with my neighbor, we were comparing stories of similar conversations we had been having with our teenage sons over their forgetfulness of doing household chores. The conversations with our sons went something like this: Mom: “Son, I know you have a lot of homework but please don’t forget to […]

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What’s in your trunk?

One Sunday on the way to church, the back of our truck was filled with the garbage generated from our bathroom remodel. Our garbage cans and recycle at home were overflowing, so it was my job after church to find an alternative place for the rubbish…someplace like the dump. But as I pulled into the church […]

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Do you wear the shoes of peace or do you wear combat boots?

Sometimes, I find myself igniting conversation only for the personal sake of proving my point. Righteous or justice driven it doesn’t matter, I want my point to be made and my voice to be heard. I believe my words will be more powerful than my silence. But somehow, that never turns out to be the […]

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Tired of reading between the lines…simply answer, yes or no!

How often in relationships do you find yourself trying to read in-between the lines? One of the most valuable gifts I ever received was when a friend noticed my need to read in-between the lines and she said, “Angela, I don’t know what relationships you have with other people, but with me, I would like […]

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