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God of Second Chances

“Let me live that I may praise you, and may your laws sustain me.” (Psalm 119:175 NIV) Our God is a God of second chances and that fact was never more real to me than one summer afternoon. In a single moment, I decided carelessly to jump in a pool. My swimming skills were lacking. A nanosecond after I hit ...

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Writer’s Block and Procrastination

The other day, my friend, Gracia, asked for tips on overcoming writer’s block and procrastination. I thought I’d share here what I told her. Writer’s block is a tough subject. I experience it quite frequently and it’s hard to get rid of. Sometimes, the best thing is to put the project aside for a few days and not think about ...

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The Dirty Dishes Deluge

“O LORD my God, I called to you for help and you healed me.” (Psalm 30:2 NIV) “Yet I am poor and needy; may the Lord think of me. You are my help and my deliverer; O my God, do not delay.” (Psalm 40:17 NIV) Sarah ran into the kitchen of her parents’ cabin, shrieking. We were staying there for ...

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Be Proactive—Prevent Teen Suicide

According to the National Institute for Mental Health (NIMH), suicide is the third leading cause of death among adolescents and teens. Furthermore, the NIMH believes that as many as 25 suicides are attempted for every one that is completed. Think about it—that means for every teen who commits suicide, 25 others  attempt unsuccessfully to take their lives. Obviously, teen suicide ...

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Skill Will Bring Success…

Just when you think life is crappy…when you hate what has been given you…if you want another person’s shoes to walk in…watch this teen make his life whole out of what he has! “If the axe is dull and its edge unsharpened, more strength is needed but skill will bring success.” (Ecclesiastes 10:10 NIV)

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Today, I’m Letting Go

Letting go of absolute control is hard, especially when we don’t have much control to hang on to. It’s frustrating at times being 15. We’re old enough to do things alone but not either. Can’t drive, still have to have our parents to move us along when what we hope for…is independence. It’s like when we were little; knee high. ...

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September is Suicide Prevention Month

The statistics on teenage depression are sobering. Depression affects approximately 5% of today’s teenagers. Of these, a mere 30% receive any sort of intervention or treatment, even though studies show treatments of depression in adolescents can be effective. The impact of adolescent depression in teenagers has been found to significantly increase the risk of: Major depression and anxiety disorders Social ...

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