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WHY? WHY NOT?

I didn’t sign up for this! Why am I the one he always asks to….? I’m not qualified to do that! How does she expect me to finish this…? Why? Why not? You’ve heard the whys. You’ve asked the whys. Sometimes the wisest response is “Why not?” Think of a time when someone asked you…

DISCREPANCY

I take a break from my standard 300–500-word FROG Blog to share what may develop into something. I’m unsure what that something may, or may not, be yet (YET…a shout out to my word of the year). I’ve recently begun to explore the art of poetry, thanks to connections with brilliant poets. Discrepancy is inspired…

TO THE DUMP AND BEYOND!

Go to the dump. Do not pass go. What do you associate with a trip to the dump? What does your local garbage or recycling center look like? When has a preacher delivered a message to you on top of a trash can? A landfill is hardly a podium I’d considered Holy Ground! In Jeremiah…

SIGN OF THE K-9 TIMES

That’ll separate the men from the boys. I hear this phrase when someone challenges another to a task. Men are generally stronger, hopefully wiser, more courageous, and sturdier than boys, simply because of life’s growth cycle. I determine a person’s strength by their ability to make sound decisions, to remain peaceful and resilient, especially during…

HURT ALERT!

Pain can produce potential. It’s uncomfortable to rehash harmful memories, but let’s consider your most recent pain. Asking you to expose hurt may be a harsh start for a blog that’s meant to encourage, but let’s reveal our pain as a way to heal our pain. Maybe you’ve been injured or had a health setback….

FOUR COLORS OF LOSS

Black. Red. Blue. Green. If feelings had colors, I’d use black, red, blue, and green to describe my grief process.  Who passed? What died? In 2020, our local libraries stopped breathing. Libraries are a primary life support for me. When health regulations required shutdowns, I experienced grief in ways I hadn’t anticipated. Black. That fatal…

HEAVENLY BIRTHDAY

The world was left with a large hole when my mom moved to heaven August 22, 2015. I refer to someone’s last day on earth as their first heavenly birthday. It’s the day to celebrate their eternal birth. (When I get my heavenly birthday, I hope Jesus and I can enjoy dark chocolate cake with…

JUST WHO DO YOU THINK YOU ARE?

Christina M. Eder, Encourager. Lover of Handwritten Notes. Outreach minister. That’s what’s printed on my business card. I have a 40-year work history and letters behind my name that identify educational credentials. I have people who know me best who provide kind references. I do what I do because of who I’m designed to be….

FREE TO GOOD HOME: PENNY

I’m a nature lover and frequently find coins along my walking paths. I save them in a “Change for Change” jar and when a ministry requests donations, I cash in the coins for the mission. People who see me outside often sometimes ask why I walk so much. Walking helps collect thoughts and organize my…