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BIG Emotions Bothering You? Try a Ritual!

Some people have emotions that are steady and manageable. Some people are never knocked over by their emotions. NOT ME. I’ve always had BIG emotions. And not in a bad way—I love a lot, so that brings BIG pain. Sometimes the pain comes when I lose someone, and sometimes it’s just because they are in pain. I feel things. Patriarchy…

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COVID You Thief!

COVID, you thief! You robbed me and I’m mad.  I tell myself to be grateful because I still have a job. Grateful my family is safe and healthy. Grateful for so much. . .  And I AM grateful. I recognize my privilege. But the grateful feelings don’t cancel out the anger.  I AM grateful.  At the same time, I am…

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A Crown of Beauty for Ashes

Many of you know that for the first 8.5 weeks of the pandemic, my husband and I were separated. We lost his dad and he went to Syria to grieve. No one could have predicted border and airport closures. He returned to us one month ago. . The challenges of those weeks were innumerable. I focused on my job and…

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Black Lives, Enneagrams, and Intentions 

Today, I’m raising my voice for black lives—here is why I haven’t before and why I do now. Let’s start with personality. Some students think I’m an enneagram 8, the Challenger.  I’m not. I’m a 1, the Reformer (I prefer “Reformer” to “Perfectionist” because I like to deny my ugly truth).  Since I’m a strong, bold, teacher, my students  think…

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How About a Divorce Ceremony?

“No one who walks down the aisle hopes to divorce in the future. But statistically many American marriages end in divorce. While divorce may be a relief, it is also filled with pain and questions. We need to pastor divorced people in a way that ensures they find peace with God and other Christians. Besides counsel and other help, we…

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Let’s Sing Songs about Biblical Women!

I grew up on kids’ Bible songs. I walked and lept around the living room as we sang about the healing of the lame man. I hit hits my fists together to show how “The Wise man Built his House” and I joined my hands over my head to show that “His Banner over me is love.” Even today, my…

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My Decade’s Highlights

On New Year’s Day, my social media feed was filled with everyone’s accomplishments in the last decade. As a *true* enneagram 1, I responded with joy for them AND self-critique for being un-accomplished. Then I went for a run. I thought about my last decade. I got choked up. (Getting choked up isn’t so good for breathing while running). I’m…

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The Full Circle of Letting Go

It is 1995. I board my first international flight to teach elementary school in Paraguay. There, I fall in love. It is NOT with someone tall dark and handsome. I fall in love with the Paraguayan people, international ministry, and myself in a foreign context. I gustily sing Marcos Witt with the worship team, preach once or twice in Spanish,…

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A Woman’s Journey

Just a few weeks ago, we celebrated our Initiation for the ninth class of Woman at Nyack College! Part of the Initiation involved the leaders sharing their stories of embracing their own womanhood. Our Alumnae Coordinator, Rebecca Cheung wrote hers out–BEAUTIFUL! She’s let me share it below: I didn’t know that I was fighting myself Woman revealed lies I didn’t…

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