Just Say Yes

Listen to this article, read by the author, Jessie Mejias.   I love to read the Old Testament. I think that the characters, that is, people who actually lived, are so rich, but most of all, I love them because they are so flawed. They give me so much hope when I look at myself because one of the things

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When Praise Comes First

Listen to this article, read by the author, Jessie Mejias. In June of 2009, we were getting ready to go to London to visit our son. We had planned the trip on short notice and decided to use my sister’s airline privileges to fly standby and hope to get on first class at a deep discount. I was a little

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Blind Spots

Listen to this article, read by the author, Jessie Mejias. Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting. (NIV) Psalm 139:23-24 My first car was a 1982 Toyota Tercel. It was the most basic model because that

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Love conquers the fear of rejection

Last year I took a five-month sabbatical. During that time, I committed to receiving prayer ministry and spiritual direction. In my first meeting with my spiritual director, he gave me a homework assignment: to recite out loud 1 Corinthians 13:4-7 in three different ways. The first time I would say it as it is written (I used the NIV): Love

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She Is Not Alone

I was fortunate enough to have been raised by both parents, who both lived long lives. My father passed at the age of 83 but my mom lived to be a 101 (and ½–let’s not forget those six months!). In the last decade of her life, she had growing degrees of dementia and lived in an assisted living facility in

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The Divine Exchange

For many years now, I have approached Lent with a flexible attitude. Instead of giving up something, I have often felt it right to add a discipline to my life…

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