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Jeanna Would Have Been 54 Today

Jeanna would have been 54 today. Born in 1967, she died in December from complications of COVID. I met Jeanna during my first days of college when I was just 17-years-old. We both lived on the 5th floor of Hatley Hall at Southern Nazarene University. She was a stunning beauty driving around campus...

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People With Flowers | Memorial Day Post

People with flowers are always going somewhere To a church, to a wedding, to a graveyard. Home, to try to make their empty lives as full as blossoms. I’m like people with flowers because they are trying Because they haven’t given up… –Rod McCuen, 1933-2015 Pictures of...

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Unmarked Graves of L.D. and Laura Nelson

I’ve reached the land of corn and wine, And all its riches freely mine; Here shines undimmed one blissful day, For all my night has passed away… When I visited the L.D. and Laura’s unmarked graves in 2015 it was a shattering and haunting experience. Robert and the kids when with me and it was...

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Amy Was Here

If this world makes you crazy And you’ve taken all you can bear You call me up Because you know I’ll be there. True Colors, Cyndi Lauper, 1986 I heard they found Amy’s body in the bathroom. The early reports said she fell and hit her head. I never heard the cause of death and...

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A Year Without My Mother

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly. John 10:10 A year ago yesterday, my mother passed away. Today,  I have lived a year without her. No hell I’ve gone through in my life can compare to this loss. I have her dining room...

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My 1977 Girl Scout Membership Card

When I was in high school, I put together a scrapbook of things I’d held onto from childhood. We moved around a lot, so it’s a miracle that I was able to save anything at all, but somehow, I held onto these Girl Scout membership cards including one from 1977. It’s hard to imagine...

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What if our trials are mercies in disguise?

Have you heard the song Blessings by Laura Story? It’s been around awhile. I really love it and created this shareable graphic of my favorite line from the song. And, what if trials of this life, the rain, the storm, the hardest nights, are your mercies in disguise? We pray for blessings, we...

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Why Are Gen X Men Are Dying?

I never meant to cause you any sorrow I never meant to cause you any pain I only wanted to one time to see you laughing …in the purple rain –Prince, 1984 Why Are Gen X men dying at such an alarming rate? A new study reveals that white, middle-aged men who were between 45 and 54 years during the...

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