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Praising God for this past year… notes from Brittany Smith

My beloved Friends and Family, On July 7, 2020 I spoke at a camp to about 125 girls about what it means to trust God when you don’t know what He is doing. For about the last 6 months I have wanted to write thank you notes to many of you for the support and love you...

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The importance of churches in our community

We’re at one of the most divisive times in our nation’s history, and the tension is being felt right here at home. We’ve seen protests in our communities, our social media feeds are packed full of angry messages from people on every side of issues, and even family...

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If your kids are anxious about returning to school

Masks. Social distancing in the hallways. New rules for recess and the cafeteria. As school districts roll out their strategies for contending with COVID-19, many parents are worried about the well-being of their children. And while you’re dealing with your concerns,...

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Keeping your marriage strong in a world of unknowns

There’s been a lot of discussion about how COVID-19 has affected workplaces, healthcare, schools, and other high-profile parts of life. But one of the most significant impacts of the pandemic doesn’t receive a lot of public discussion. What is it? Marriage. I don't...

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Parenting when you don’t have the answers

When kids want to know something, they invariably turn to the local experts who seem to know everything about anything, their parents. Although parents know they really don’t have all the answers, they do their best to answer a never-ending stream of questions from...

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Reaching out is courage, not a crutch

You know something isn’t right. You can’t put your finger on it, although it’s been there for a while. You just don’t feel like you should feel. Maybe it’s having to force smiles when you’re around friends and family because you don’t feel any real sense of joy. Could...

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Dear Dads everywhere, everyday,

Dear Dads everywhere, everyday, One day each year, we give you some extra hugs, new socks, and maybe a box of golf balls, tell you we love you … and promptly go back to our everyday lives. Father’s Day isn’t so much a day-long holiday as a brief moment to recognize...

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Please protect your mental health

For the most part, adjusting to life after quarantine means returning to some of what we knew before. Many of us are returning to our workplaces, familiar stores are reopening their doors, and we’re finally able to reconnect with the people who matter to us. Of...

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