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This time of year, our souls beg to be examined, nurtured and validated. In essence, fed. In 2006, I crafted my first version of Permission to Shine (which at that time was subtitled, The Art of Being Beautiful) with a burning in my heart to...

The Untamed Heart of My Daughter

This picture displays beautifully why I should trust in the wild, sweet and unknown future of my 14 year-old daughter. Why I should place my confidence in such a beautiful “free spirit” She who seems unable to be tamed. She who won’t...

What You Long For…

Following is my favorite poem, “The Invitation” by Oriah. Hadn’t read it in awhile, then picked it back up this afternoon as certain phrases fromkept ruminating in mybusy head… It doesn’t interest me what you do...

Eve’s Role as Helpmeet

After God created Adam He declared, “I will make an helpmeet for him…” (Genesis 2:18) What exactlyis a “helpmeet”? I developed my own offbeat translation of “helpmeet” in my early 20’s as I secretly...

Our Children Are Our Teachers

  These are my babies, 7 years ago this month…at the height of their innocent glory. In honor of Mothers Day and lessons learned frommychildrencontinuing to raise me, I have come up with Twelve Reasons to Learn at the Feet of Our...

God’s Ways Are Not Man’s

Building upon what I’ve shared in the last couple of posts, regarding the “new” way Jesus the man taught and treated women, I want to share my thoughts on one of the most intriguing and least-understood figures in the New Testament…the...