How to not care what others think | A Devotional

February 22, 2020 | Danielle | Devotionals | 1

Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God. —John 1:12-13 NIV It happens all the time… “What’s your name?” “Danielle.” … A few…

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To my caregiver Mike: What I hope you know

February 21, 2020 | Danielle | A Post About Mike | 3

Behind every survivor is a caregiver. Sometimes this looks like doctors and nurses. Other times, it’s family and friends. I have an entourage of caregivers in my life. But if you asked each one of them who makes my world go round, there’s one answer: Mike. As I’ve been writing my memoir, Mom, Dad and…

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Clothes not accessories | A Devotional

February 17, 2020 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

And all who have been united with Christ in baptism have put on Christ, like putting on new clothes. Galatians 3:27 NLT I love accessories. I got hooked on them thanks to puffy, colorful stick-on earrings full of sparkle and shine. Eventually, I made the brave climb into the tall chair to face the ear piercing…

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Writing my first memoir – Part 6

February 13, 2020 | Danielle | Communications | 0

I’ve attended several writing conferences and overheard, on multiple occasions, that writing a book is like going through a pregnancy. Having never been pregnant myself, I’m not sure if this is a fair comparison. But, I will say  similarities seem to appear. I’m carrying a message inside of me, it’s a big part of me,…

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Here’s our 2020 so far (with pics!)

January 30, 2020 | Danielle | Survivorship | 1

I’ve been talking about you lately. Yes, you, blog reader. And by talking, I should say writing. I’ve added bits of my blogging story into my memoir. I go into why I started Semicolon Stories in 2009 and, in that process, have been reflecting over my blog’s growth into this website… and now a book!…

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Scared to Follow – A Devotional

January 12, 2020 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” Mark 1:17 I grew up in a church where an organ played to signal the service was almost over.  I usually felt relief when I heard the first chords play, but around fourth grade, I began to feel anxious. You…

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Surprise gift – A Devotional

January 5, 2020 | Danielle | Devotionals, Parenting | 1

If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! Matthew 7:11 (NIV) I could hardly sleep on Christmas Eve because I knew what awaited my sleeping daughter. A few weeks before Christmas, I…

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What 10 years of “One Word” has taught me

January 1, 2020 | Danielle | Faith | 2

Ten years ago, I sat down to write this journal entry: “Leading up to today, I’ve been excited. I’ve felt my heart stirring in anticipation of today’s reflection. I’m ready to put last year down and jump into 2010. I’m excited, plain and simple. When I look ahead, that’s what I see and feel. Excitement,…

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Heather with the Feather – A Tribute

December 29, 2019 | Danielle | Survivorship | 4

“I was the primary caregiver for my daddy who passed away from colon cancer in 2013. Two years later, at 34 years old, I was diagnosed. Stage IV colon cancer. No symptoms. No genetic marker. In place of shock was heartbreak; that my husband would bear the burden of primary caregiver. In place of the…

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Homeless shelters: 7 insights after working at one

December 23, 2019 | Danielle | Communications | 0

Last spring, my friend Elizabeth called me with an exciting request: could I help one of the Kansas City homeless shelters get through a rebrand? My heart leapt. When I started freelancing about 20 months ago, one of my major prayers involved supporting my local community. I’d worked nationally for so long, I wanted to…

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