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It was great! The ultimate shortcut when I was a student took me and my two girl friends right past a bakery on the way to class. We’d stop for our favorite muffins or chocolate-iced long johns, then leisurely finish the walk to our junior high school. Yummy, fun, and we were oh-so-cool in our bell bottom jeans. Until. . .one day when…

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Five things you can do to help someone that has been abused

This month is Domestic Violence Awareness month. Did you know that one in four women report some sort of abuse in her most intimate relationships? We’ve all been in situations where we have a gut feeling something isn’t quite right or someone has disclosed something to us and we’re not sure what to do. Sometimes we respond by…

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Sister, I get ya

There is no one like a sister. Whether she’s your sister by birth, by marriage, or by your own free will to choose, you know she “gets” you like no one else, quirks and all. And she loves you anyway. I have 2 biological sisters, and both live about a 4 ½ hour drive away. One of us feels naked without her lipstick, another dives at peanut…

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Hello, my name is Lauren and I’m a hugger

Oh yes, I’ll be the first to admit that I am a hugger!  They just make things a lot better, right?!  They break down walls that we have put up and help us heal! One Scenario: You married?  I know you can relate… For instance, you might walk in the door after work and you already did 50 things wrong!  Sure you don’t…

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A time to say “No!”

Sarah came to counseling astonished that it has taken her fifty years to finally learn how to say “No.” “I’ve always put everyone else first,” she said. “Now I see that I’ve only enabled my husband’s selfishness to flourish.” One of my relatives recently shared a similar story. At 74 years old, she wired up her…

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Family gets home painted through kindness of volunteers

Some 20 volunteers did not know what to expect when they showed up Saturday morning at Cameron Hoverson’s home for the Greater Sioux Falls Habitat For Humanity’s latest Neighborhood Revitalization project. A group gathered in the drive way about 9am greeted by seasonably cool weather, to get instructions to paint…

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How to initiate a difficult conversation

John and Cindy frequently argued about how to handle their finances. John bought the latest electronic gadgets. Cindy clipped coupons and shopped second hand stores. As retirement loomed, Cindy’s anxiety about their financial future grew. Every time she tried to talk with John about saving more money however, he became defensive…

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Are you guilty of verbal assault?

“Reckless words pierce like a sword.” Proverbs 12:18  “With his mouth the godless destroys his neighbor” Proverbs 11:9 “The tongue has the power of life and death. Proverbs 18:21 Growing up we all heard the nursery rhyme, “sticks and stones will break our bones but words will never hurt us.” It is a lie. The wounds…

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I thank Christ for my birthday

Sunday was my birthday. Not looking for any more happy birthday wishes! Although it is humbling to have such a great family to celebrate with! This post is to reflect. Many questions and memories are going through my head. One question is, “how did I get here so fast?”  The answer… I don’t know.  When I slow down enough…

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Get rid of it

Like many of you, I’m simplifying my life. I’m getting rid of stuff I don’t need, don’t use, can’t take care of or don’t want. Recently I ran across an old letter I’d saved, written by my mother. Throughout my entire life, we had an emotionally destructive relationship. Even as an adult, as a Christian and as a professional…

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