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Column – 4/28/17

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“Death is a great price to pay for a red rose,” the nightingale said. “Yet love is better than life, and what is the heart of a bird compared to the heart of a man?” I first read Oscar Wilde’s “The Nightingale and the Rose” as a senior in high school. The story immediately captivated

Diminish fear’s power over you, fully trust the unknowns to God

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“Never be afraid to trust an unknown future to a known God.” Many of us are familiar with this quote by Corrie ten Boom, a champion of faith who saved hundreds of Jewish lives during WWII. But how many of us actually understand what ten Boom was saying on a practical level. It’s easy to

Column – 4/21/17

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I remember that moment so vividly. My heart was pounding and my palms were sweating. I knew it would be wrong, but I wanted to fit in—to blend in and to be like everyone else. I was 14, a freshman at the local public school in my hometown. I was sitting in drama class when

Stop, breathe and give yourself time to achieve your goals

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“Rome ne s’est pas faite en un jour.” Perhaps you’re more familiar with the English version of this French proverb: “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” While it may be a little cliché, this phrase makes a valuable point. Things of worth take time to develop. Our world is not a very patient one. Fast

Column – 4/14/17

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When I was 12, I learned that I had a deformity. My mandible, or lower jaw, was growing faster than my maxilla, upper jaw. As I reached high school, there was something noticeably wrong with my bite. This quickly became a huge insecurity for me. While the underbite was only subtly noticeable when I had

When you can’t undo mistakes, rise and grow from experience

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Click. Click. Click. Undo! Undo! Undo! If you’ve spent any time using Microsoft Word or Apple Pages, you’ve also spent some time clicking that “undo” button at the top of the screen. More than once has that little backwards arrow saved my life.  You know that feeling of panic when you’re typing along, finally making

How should the Christian approach depression?

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What is it like to feel so sad or lonely to the point that you cannot get out of bed in the morning? What is it like to have no appetite, no motivation? Inability to sleep? No desire to socialize? These are symptoms common to 44 percent of American college students, according to healthline.com. Depression

Column – 3/17/17

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Imagine living your life in pain. Every. Single. Day. Your muscles feel as if you had an intense workout the day before. Your neck, back, shoulders and hips ache. You get up in the morning from a sleepless night and have zero energy. Everyday tasks—getting dressed, making breakfast, washing dishes, feeding the dog—can be incredibly

Don’t let difficult circumstances deter you from your passions

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By 8 years old prodigy rock climber Hugh Herr had scaled the face of the 11,627-foot  Mount Temple in the Canadian Rockies. By 17 he was acknowledged to be one of the best climbers in the United States. However, Herr’s life changed drastically when at 17 he and a friend got caught in a blizzard

Stop judging, comparing—base your worth on what God says

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Confidence. Beauty. Self-esteem. These may come naturally for some, or not so much for others. We live in a country obsessed with how we look and how we feel about ourselves.  We rate people’s level of attractiveness in our minds, or worse, aloud. We compare our beauty to theirs, making ourselves feel better or worse.

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