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Volunteering: Think small

One of the biggest excuses people give for not volunteering is that they don’t have the time. That’s usually because people assume that committing to being a volunteer is going to be some huge, time consuming thing. It doesn’t have to be. Many non-profit organizations – especially those with smaller staffs – tend to have a variety of small projects that need attention. Making yourself available to do something as simple as stuffing envelopes for a mass mailing could be one of the biggest things you could do to help an organization. There are even some projects that can be Read More

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Random ramblings on romance…

(Just keep in mind, some of my posts are intentionally less polished than others…this would be one of them.) I’ve had a busy day and no time to sit down and blog. I keep telling myself that I’m going to get into a system of writing posts ahead of time by creating some sort of schedule. Obviously, that hasn’t happened yet. And I’m committed to my goal of daily posts. So it’s 11:50 p.m., and I’ve finally had 2 seconds to sit and think. A few days ago, I spoke with a friend who recently got married. Today, I spent Read More

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Are you protected?

Today, I learned some very hard lessons about computer viruses and the software we use to protect ourselves. The only reason the crisis was averted as quickly as it was (and with minimal hair pulling on my part) was because I have a computer genius for a brother. Through this wise sage, I learned that – even with anti-viral software – your computer can still pick up viruses. But wait, there’s more! Your computer can pick up these viruses from legitimate websites – I’m talking Google, CNN, etc. – despite their efforts to keep their sites clean. I also learned Read More

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Are you really living the Dream?

Perhaps my all-time favorite quote of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is this: “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” On this day that the nation has set aside to observe the life of this great servant, many encourage people to “take a day on, not a day off.” We are all encouraged to serve on this day, to help keep Dr. King’s legacy alive. HOWEVER… It’s my opinion that this concept is a watered down version of what Dr. King’s words really meant. Is it really just enough for us to take one day – and Read More

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She touched my heart

Today’s repost about my 2009 trip to Zambia deals with the power of touch… – – – Just one touch… I went into the missions trip to Zambia with no expectations. I’d heard the stories and seen the pictures of previous team members and how they’d bonded with the children. I’ve always had a soft spot for the littlest lambs, so I was excited about the opportunity to spend time with the children of the Hope Community School and Hope House Orphanage. But I’ve been a part of enough service projects to know that going in with expectations will usually Read More

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Zambia: How it all started

This weekend, I’ve decided to share some old Facebook notes that I wrote about my first trip to Zambia in 2009. Today’s repost is a collection of excerpts from my journal: – – – Africa, Zambia, My Home: Journal excerpts… Tuesday, May 12, 2009; 8:27 a.m. (Zambia) So we’re here…and it is quite amazing…to see so many people who look like me…to wonder if THIS is where I’m from…wanting to just run up to people and hug them because I am HOME. Thursday, May 14, 2009; 11:36 p.m. (Zambia) I feel like somehow…when my feet touched African soil, my ancestors Read More

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Do you know where you’re going to?

I was leading a devotional this morning and started talking about following the leading of the Holy Spirit. I’m all about analogies, and the one that came to mind was simply this: These days, many people use some sort of navigational system (GPS, paper map, MapQuest, etc.) when trying to get from point A to point B. If you want to make it to your intended destination, you turn right when the GPS tells you to turn right. As Christians, God speaks to us via our internal navigational system, the Holy Spirit. And we often ignore the instructions and do Read More

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What’s your sign?

Warning: This post could possibly be categorized under “frivilous.” I just discovered via the Facebook grapevine that there’s been an apparent shift in the heavenlies…so much so that there’s a new 13th zodiac sign. The only people who may really be negatively affected by this are those who have tattoos of their sign. (*rim shot!*) While I am not deeply engrossed in a belief of astrology, I do believe that people who are born around the same time of year have similar traits – for whatever reason. I’ve observed it too many times to doubt that. Having said that, I Read More

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The pain of the past

I have a scar on my right knee. I got the scar when I was about 10 years old (give or take a few years). I was visiting family in Michigan, and we were staying with my grandparents. Their house was at the bottom of a slight incline – an incline just steep enough to ride down on a skateboard. But I was no Terry Kennedy…far from it…and that scar on my right knee reminds me of it every day. I learned that, if you’re a novice skateboarder, riding downhill with no protective gear is probably not a good idea. Read More

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Dealing with disappointment…

Warning: This post is purposely not “polished.” It’s a peek into my brain as I process through this situation…I chose this way because I hope that my transparency and willingness to be “raw” will help someone else who may be dealing with disappointment. So, here’s another peek into the way my mind operates. Fasten your seat belts, and please keep your arms inside the ride at all times… One evening, in the mid-nineties, while at my college’s gospel choir rehearsal, I had a thought…a little inkling of a thought that maybe one day I might be some sort of missionary. Read More