Just Keep Dreaming. Just Keep Swimming.

One of our household's favorite quotes is from Dory the amnesiac blue tang fish in Finding Nemo. When Dory is lost and disoriented and confused, she repeats this mantra, "Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming."  So when one of our family members gets a little overwhelmed and is unsure where to go or what to do next, we like to turn to that wisdom.  Just keep swimming. Just keep going. As we prepare ...

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Christmas Movies For When You Feel More Like Scrooge than Santa

This season is not lacking in cute, funny, romantic and sappy sweet movies and televisions specials. But if you're not in the mood for extreme Christmas cheer and looking for something a little more substantive in your holiday entertainment, check out these flicks. A Christmas Without Snow Michael Learned (the Walton's mom) plays a divorced single mom trying to pull her life back together. She joins the choir of a local church ...

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I’m a Christian and Not Ashamed to Admit it…with stipulations

I keep seeing posts on Facebook of people declaring that they are not ashamed of Jesus Christ and challenging me to repost if I am not ashamed of being a Christian.  I never repost those things. Not because I'm ashamed of Jesus Christ or because I am not a Christian. I love Jesus. And I'm proud of being a Christian...as long as you understand that what I mean by Christian may ...

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Real Prayers for Real People

It has occurred to me that, because I'm a "trained professional," that people may have some pre-conceived notions about how I'm praying when I tell them I'm praying for them or their loved ones. Spoiler alert: I am not an eloquent pray-er. Here are just some of the prayers I've prayed today. Feel free to be completely appalled or to adapt any and all for your personal use. Dear God, I know that ____________ is a ...

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