Surviving the Virus With Learning

May 10, 2020 | Danielle | Faith | 0

I did a podcast interview the other day and the host asked me a fun question, something I’m not often asked: “How do you keep learning?“ Normally, I probably wouldn’t have given such a quick response, but after this past week, I had an easy answer: gardening. As I’ve spent hours weeding, fertilizing and planting…

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Who’s paying?

April 20, 2019 | Danielle | Faith | 0

Why is Easter such a big deal? Simply, because Jesus paid. What did he pay for, and why did he do it? I’ll explain. Everything costs something Say the whole family goes out for dinner, the large group full of many generations sits around a long, wooden table. Food is ordered, the dinner is super…

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Bible verses about hope

February 27, 2019 | Danielle | Faith | 0

Struggling with hard times, body image, cancer (or other challenges) and looking for Bible verses about hope? Here is how to “set our hope” and 10 of my favorite verses on hope. To read my story, check out Blush: How I Barely Survived 17. I hate it when rough weeks come and I can’t pinpoint…

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Not Giving Up

September 3, 2017 | Danielle | Faith | 0

The highlight of my week is that after 3 years of trying… our garden grew green beans! I’m not just talking about a handful – I had pounds of them. They filled the whole skillet! I’m not sure if it’s because we moved the location of their planting, or if the chicken poop fertilizer did…

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One Year Later: Facing my fear of birds

July 30, 2017 | Danielle | Faith | 0

One year ago today, I faced one of my deepest fears – one I’ve held for most of my life. I fed the birds inside the Kansas City Zoo’s Lorikeet Encounters. Memories of the cold, eerie touch of bird’s feet wrapped around my finger and the soreness in my core after leaving the cage are…

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Slow Down and Step Up

July 23, 2017 | Danielle | Faith | 0

Isn’t it funny how when we’re younger, time can’t go any slower? Mae’s birthday is in two months, but September cannot come fast enough. She updates her birthday list each day and mentions it at least once. I, on the other hand, was up until midnight the other night looking at mermaid theme parties on…

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Fly Away: Facing my fear of birds

July 30, 2016 | Danielle | Faith | 2

I freely walked into a bird cage at the zoo today and faced my fear of birds. With my body shaking, I stretched out my arm and let a lorikeet perch on my finger and drink nectar from a small cup in my hand. At one point, two birds rested on me. But one flew…

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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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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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