A Messy Invitation

We were halfway through winter when the walls started closing in like we were stuck in a bad dream. After months of temperatures so cold we couldn’t endure more than five minutes outside, and even more months of colds and viruses that kept us quarantined, I wasn’t even sure if I wanted a social life anymore. The other moms at the MOPS meetings somehow managed to curl their hair and find cute clothes to wear, while just showing up with a ponytail and fleece hoodie felt like success to me. When the speaker finished her talk, we split into discussion ...
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Why Worry?

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While we want love to be the loudest voice, sometimes fear and worry hold us back. Listen as Molly Urso gives us some beautiful words of wisdom ...
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The Legacy of a Mail-Order Bride

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My father worked as a busboy at a noodle shop in San Francisco, Chinatown. My mother was a mail-order bride, whose marriage was arranged by a “mei-ren,” a Chinese matchmaker. At 17 years old, she ...
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Godsend Community

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May 14-20 is Mental Health Awareness week I've struggled with depression since I was 12 years old, in and out of bad spells through my parent’s divorce and some other pretty rough patches. I had ...
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A Messy Invitation

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We were halfway through winter when the walls started closing in like we were stuck in a bad dream. After months of temperatures so cold we couldn’t endure more than five minutes outside, and even ...
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The Legacy of a Mail-Order Bride

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My father worked as a busboy at a noodle shop in San Francisco, Chinatown. My mother was a mail-order bride, whose marriage was arranged by a “mei-ren,” a Chinese matchmaker. At 17 years old, she ...
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Postpartum Depression

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May 14-20 is Mental Health Awareness week PPD can be a sneaky one. You’ve gone from pregnant to not pregnant in the same moment you become the center of the universe for a "hot off ...
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Why Worry?

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While we want love to be the loudest voice, sometimes fear and worry hold us back. Listen as Molly Urso gives us some beautiful words of wisdom.
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The Power of Influence

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I was recently asked the question, "Who have been the three most influential people in my life?" Not an easy answer. Parents. Sisters. Coaches. Friends. Pastors. Authors. In 39 years, a girl can have a lot of ...
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Live Expectantly

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This article appears in the latest spring issue of Connections. You know those people whom good fortune seems to follow? We all know people like this – they seem to bring clear skies with them wherever ...
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The First Move Advantage

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There is a well-known theory in chess called the first move advantage that suggests the player who goes first is statistically positioned for the best outcome. When I first heard this, I went and found ...
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Writing Tips From the Pros: Mandy Arioto

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You've asked, so we've delivered. We've gone straight to the source to give you some of the best writer's tips around from none other than the pros. Check in all week to catch them. Mandy Arioto ...
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Find Your Fire: 2018-19 Theme

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Never let the fire go out ... When you hope, be joyful. When you suffer, be patient. When you pray, be faithful. Share with God’s people who are in need. Welcome others into your homes ...
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Godsend Community

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May 14-20 is Mental Health Awareness week I've struggled with depression since I was 12 years old, in and out of bad spells through my parent’s divorce and some other pretty rough patches. I had ...
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Clean Breath

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May 14-20 is Mental Health Awareness week I’ve never been considered a neat person. I’ve struggled with depression since I was a child, and my way of dealing with life was simply just not dealing.  ...
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Golden Gate

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We walked underneath, hearing the cars rumble above, the roar of engines echoed from the bridge. The sound was in stark contrast to the solitude and peace I felt in holding her hand. My daughter ...
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Choosing Every Day

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I speak as the single mother of two pre-teens (8 year-old-boy and 12-year-old girl). I have also been a first-time mother at 20; the mother who was married to a software engineer working for Lockheed; the ...
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May Pandemonium

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May is a bit of a tease, isn’t it? It marks the end of spring, the rain has slowed but the warmth is here to stay. The lengthening days are plentiful with sunshine. The sun ...
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Breathe In. Breathe Out.

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Have you ever gone swimming? I don’t mean like doggy-paddling your way from the shallow end to the deep-end without getting your hair wet, which is impressive in it’s own right, but that’s not what ...
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