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Random Thoughts'S ARCHIVE

  • Community in the homes is very special, especially around this time of Christmas.  This will be my first Christmas at Maggie’s Place and I am really looking forward to it.  Maggie’s Place has become my home away from home; each mom brings her own color to the Maggie’s Place family, and it is beautiful to […]

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  • A few weeks ago, I was invited to take a hike with a fellow MissionCorps member and a friend.  We decided to try Camelback Mountain, and when we set off in the early morning I was feeling very confident and very excited to climb my first Arizona summit! After a few minutes of walking, however, […]

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  • I’ve heard this saying, “You must live with people to know their problems, and live with God in order to solve them,” (Peter Taylor Forsyth). It sounds nice, doesn’t it? It is a gentle reminder to have genuine, intentional relationships with people and a genuine, intentional relationship with God to help those people. But, I […]

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  • Before coming to Maggie’s Place almost two months ago, I don’t think I understood just how spoiled I truly was. I had enjoyed many beautiful trips, a wonderful college education, and generous support from all of my family and friends. I thanked God for these things every day, but little did I know that these […]

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  • 6:30 a.m. – A mom wakes me up to take her medication before heading out for the day. 7:20 a.m. – Another mom wakes me up to take her medication before going to work. 8:00 a.m. – It’s breakfast time! Corps and moms are in and out of the kitchen while everyone prepares for their […]

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  • There is something nice about just being. About enjoying the presence of the people around you. So many times, and I am largely guilty of this, people living together have their own agendas, their own to-do-lists, and their own interests. And those are all good things to have – we were each created individually with […]

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  • For as long as I can remember, I have always strongly disliked change. I like things to be very predictable. My parents once threw me a surprise birthday party and as you can image, for someone who likes to know exactly what is happening at all times, that party ended in tears. I am the […]

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  • I was recently visited by a friend I went to school with. A year ago she did mission work in Mexico and two weeks ago she graduated from college, just a couple of days before flying into Phoenix. It was so nice to catch up with each other and share with her a bit of […]

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  • Surprises can be so good. An unexpected piece of mail or phone call from someone you love, the timing of the birth of a baby, Jesus’ disciples finding His tomb empty on Easter morning, or 50 teenagers showing up in your backyard to sing a concert. That last one really happened.  To be completely truthful, […]

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  • Often times, I feel like I get caught up in the “me” side of things when it comes to Lent. What’s the easiest thing for me to give up? What’s going to hurt the least and put me out as little as possible? When I was a kid, I remember giving up chocolate milk at […]

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