Today I went to a black church.

July 17, 2016 | Danielle | Faith | 16

Today I went to a black church. No, I didn’t have an agenda. It wasn’t for work. There wasn’t a rally to attend or any special invitation (other than the one from my friend Rene who’d been praying for the African American community and felt told to go). I went to listen and pray alongside…

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Of Course I’m Jealous | A Devotional

July 12, 2016 | Danielle | Devotionals | 2

I’m facing a dilemma at the moment. I can’t decide if I’m going to hide the gray hairs popping up all over my head at my next hair appointment or if I’m going to let them be. On one end, I want to hide them because I don’t love them. Nothing wrong with that. On…

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Why Ask Why? | A Devotional

July 5, 2016 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

The day we stop asking “Why?” is a very dangerous day. It’s a day draped in a mask of maturity but really it’s not. “Immature children are the ones who won’t stop asking questions,” we think. Us adults are the ones who don’t get it. We shouldn’t ask for a map only when we’re lost…

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The Red Shorts

June 30, 2016 | Danielle | Health | 3

In reality it was only a few seconds. But it felt like several minutes, if not hours. I stood there helpless in an outlet store staring at a selection of red summer shorts. Usually a “summer sale” would have helped me feel better about making a purchase. No luck this time. “Just pick up two…

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Pray for Orlando – especially if you’re “religious”

June 12, 2016 | Danielle | Faith | 0

A rainbow-colored hashtag caught my eye this morning as I scrolled through Twitter. Another shooting… sadly I’ve grown somewhat desensitized. But a “massacre”… that was new. The shooter’s religion… burden that once again a faith system would be put to blame. An attack on a gay community… now that’s downright ugly. My stomach turned in…

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From Hotel to Motel

May 23, 2016 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

Poof. I expected a larger cloud of dust to billow out from the faded mustard bedspread as I plopped down to scan the motel room. It was much different than the 4-star hotel I checked out of just hours earlier. Amidst a busy week and chaotic work schedule, details of my travel plans fell through…

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Making Peace with Eve

May 8, 2016 | Danielle | Faith, Relationships & Coping | 0

Each year Mother’s Day can bring a mix of emotions in all of us. For years this sweet holiday intended for good brought difficult feelings for me. I couldn’t look to the past, present or future without pain. The blessing of adoption brought a joyful child into my life, but what I’ve learned (especially this…

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Learning to accept my mission field

May 6, 2016 | Danielle | Faith | 1

The tables were lined with colorful runners, authentically stitched by (what I imagined to be) elderly Guatemalan women with long braided hair sitting in the marketplace talking to travelers. Handmade noisemakers and dolls made the perfect centerpieces. Postcards with a photo of my friend’s beautiful family served as a “program” and explained her ministry and…

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Summoned By Name

April 18, 2016 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

My eyebrows frowned with disdain, and not because I was “so over” being the only teenager in the oncology waiting room. With no say or input of my own, I’d been put on a plane and flown to a world-renowned cancer center to have the country’s leading experts review my rare colon cancer case. Missing…

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How to Trust God When My Friends Are Dying

February 23, 2016 | Danielle | Cancer, Faith | 0

“How could you…? Why didn’t you…? “Where were you…?” I struggled to find the strength to complete my prayerful sentences. I didn’t want to pray my honest prayers. And it wasn’t because I was scared to hurt God’s feelings; I’d moved past that months ago. The memories of dearly loved friends who went all too…

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