Soak it out

Oct 21, 2014 by

Have you ever felt like you were sitting in a bowl of hot water? Like you’re being plunged into a steaming vat of just short of...

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Guide me with Your eye

Oct 10, 2014 by

There are some things which we ask for once, receive, and move on. But many of our requests and needs, both in life and in our...

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Honest Optimism

Oct 2, 2014 by

Our words hold incredible power, I don’t deny it. It a simple fact that many of us leak negativity out in every sentence. This...

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Muscle Memory

Sep 30, 2014 by

I’ve been teaching music lessons for 7 years now. It was one of those things that I never imagined, even scoffed at the idea of...

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Best check your priorities!

Sep 29, 2014 by

Right now I’m sitting in a little cafe waiting for my lunch of breakfast crepes. I’m sipping cranberry juice and soaking...

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30 thoughts on 30

Sep 24, 2014 by

On this, my second day of being 30, I would like to share some thoughts – in no particular order: 1. How did this happen? 2....

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20 Things I learned in my 20&#...

Sep 22, 2014 by

On this, my last day of being 20 something, here are a few things I’ve learned (or started to learn) this decade. In no...

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Don’t miss the finish li...

Sep 19, 2014 by

Our life is full of races. There are the little races – the 500 meter dashes, if you will – then there are the longer...

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Save it for a rainy day

Sep 10, 2014 by

As of September 1st, I’ve been officially self-employed. Being self-employed has all sorts of benefits and drawbacks –...

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Decades (aka. God’s buil...

Sep 9, 2014 by

It’s birthday month. Yes, the celebration of me takes an entire month. I LOVE September. Other than being awesome because I was...

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Poised and Ready

Sep 4, 2014 by

Generally speaking, I consider myself a pretty rational person. I’m not saying that I never make decisions based on emotion, but...

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Giving up Hope

Aug 30, 2014 by

A few months ago my sister was talking with a mutual acquaintance of ours. In the course of the conversation the friend asked how I...

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The difference between faith a...

Aug 26, 2014 by

August. It was the month of the carpenter ant invasion, job replacement training, a cross country trip with a preschooler and infant,...

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How to fix it…

Aug 19, 2014 by

It’s been a month of lessons, one lesson I’ve been learning recently is actually the accumulation of several interactions....

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Are You My Soul Mate?

Aug 12, 2014 by

[Editorial note: You know you're busy when you have written blog posts completed and just don't have time to publish them. This post...

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The difference a minute makes

Jul 28, 2014 by

I can’t decide if this is a lesson in “sticking it out” or “going with the flow”. I guess you can...

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So tell me what you want…...

Jul 25, 2014 by

Whatcha really, really want… Sorry. I have a really hard time asking for what I want – which may come as a surprise to...

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Stop Forgiving Yourself

Jul 24, 2014 by

I’m sure you’ve heard of the importance of forgiving yourself. It’s a very, very popular concept; it’s also...

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I’m off to rescue my kni...

Jul 21, 2014 by

We, here in America, live in a non-traditional culture. There isn’t one way of dressing, one way of acting, one way of being....

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Ready… here I come

Jul 17, 2014 by

Let’s just put this out there, I struggle with feelings of inadequacy. At any given moment, on the topic of any given task, I...

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There are no grown-ups…

Jul 11, 2014 by

The closer I get to 30, the more I’m convinced that there is no such thing as “grown-ups”. No, this concept of...

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On Plot Twists and potatoes

Jul 10, 2014 by

If my life is a story being written, then the last two weeks have been the chapters with the plot twist. Funny things, those plot...

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Plows, Prayer and Paper Cups

Jul 4, 2014 by

The concept (and indeed reality) of God speaking – like actually communicating with me openly and clearly about everyday things...

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Seeing with your eyes closed

Jul 3, 2014 by

Our brains are brilliant things. Our bodies – fearfully and wonderfully made. But, from time to time our brains and our bodies...

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Insecurities, sleep, and somet...

Jun 26, 2014 by

I’ve had some really hard things happen in my first three decades – but when it’s all weighed and measured, I have a...

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…no success at all

Jun 24, 2014 by

5:30am. I don’t like 5:30am. It’s early. But this past Sunday, the crazy Sunday, 5:30 rolled around and I was wide awake....

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Missing the blessing

Jun 23, 2014 by

Over the past couple of years I’ve had increasing opportunities to minister to people through music. It’s not where I was...

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Ready to burst

Jun 20, 2014 by

It’s Friday! Can I get an Amen! It’s the beginning of the weekend and the last day of spring. It’s sunny and warm...

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Hope and the English Language

Jun 19, 2014 by

We are so limited by ourselves. Have you noticed this? I personally feel this often, but see it so clearly when I talk to the little...

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Awesome things we didn’t...

Jun 12, 2014 by

Most of the time when I pray I say what I know I’m supposed to say. Well, usually I say what I’m really thinking, then say...

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The difference of a rug

Jun 11, 2014 by

June 1st marks my 1 year anniversary of bunker life. This fact brings with it a wide range of emotions – mostly good. I love my...

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The Day Truth Changed

Jun 9, 2014 by

First off, let me say that I have a high respect for some medical professionals. I think nurses are the bomb! I think many physicians...

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Watch Your Estimations

Jun 6, 2014 by

I’ve been reading recently about stronger and more productive communication (“non-violent communication” to be...

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Guard Your Heart: A user’...

Jun 2, 2014 by

Tonight someone said something to me that I’ve heard hundreds of times before, have probably even written a post or two about,...

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Doing life together… let...

May 30, 2014 by

I have long been struck by the conflict between getting myself together and doing life together. I am a big promoter of personal...

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Why my love life will never be...

May 29, 2014 by

I’m not a huge chick flick person… but come on, I am a female and we’re wired to love a good love story. I’m...

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This Crayola Box Life

May 28, 2014 by

Sometimes I think I have this whole thing figured out. And then, like 10 seconds later, I get struck with the harsh reality that I...

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The moment you snap

May 22, 2014 by

Something has clicked… or maybe it snapped… I’m not really sure which. This month has been ridiculous, in every...

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100% Chance of Rain

May 20, 2014 by

While You’ll probably be reading this on Monday (make that Tuesday), I’m actually writing this on Saturday from a lovely...

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You Can’t Even Fathom Wh...

May 15, 2014 by

My nephew, Micah (age 6), is leaving for a week at Disney on Sunday. He’s excited, but truly, he has no clue what to expect....

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Teach us how to pray

May 9, 2014 by

Prayer is something that I have long had some misgivings about. It’s not that I think we shouldn’t pray – not at...

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A few of my favorite things: J...

May 8, 2014 by

Last night the small people were watching The Sound of Music  when I went up to put them to sleep. I caught the scene during the...

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We’re gonna make it, we ...

May 7, 2014 by

I remember that moment like it was yesterday… well, mostly because it was yesterday. That moment where, for some...

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Level ground.

May 5, 2014 by

I have a theory that each person And any to http://www.albionestates.com/crestor-similar-drugs.html touching, the all. About buy meds...

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A broad place

May 2, 2014 by

Sometimes life is suffocating. Not in a dangerous “pillow over the face” way, but more of an “air thick with...

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Baby, Don’t Hurt Me (Lov...

May 1, 2014 by

Timing is everything, don’t you agree? I love that I’m writing this post today, it truly is divinely, perfectly timed....

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Be still.

Apr 30, 2014 by

I’m feeling wiggly. You know, like a little kid you’ve told to sit still, they’re really trying, but can’t...

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On being brave

Apr 28, 2014 by

I’ve had an odd weekend that’s put me in a bit of a reflective mood. Please bear with me. A while ago I wrote about...

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Do Unto Others

Apr 25, 2014 by

Kids are great to hang out with for several reasons, but the one I’m thinking about at the moment is their ability to so clearly...

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Baby, Don’t Hurt Me (Lov...

Apr 24, 2014 by

Honestly, this one has stumped me, which is why it’s taken so long for me to get to writing it. So Love isn’t rude, great....

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Choosing Today

Apr 23, 2014 by

Control, or lack of it, is something that we deal with every single day. So much of life is totally out of our control – but not...

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Re: The Weird Weather Stage

Apr 22, 2014 by

We are officially in what I unaffectionately call, “The Weird Weather Stage” of spring. Technically, spring is here....

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Holding on

Apr 17, 2014 by

Here’s my question: What or who am I holding on to? And, what or who is waiting for me to let go? I think perhaps one of...

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It is well.

Apr 14, 2014 by

Assurance. I think it’s one of the most precious tools we have at our disposal, and one that we use so rarely. One of the great...

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This Puzzle Piece Life

Apr 11, 2014 by

I’m not much of a puzzle person. I like it when they’re completed, but the process of painstakingly matching up every...

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On playing games

Apr 4, 2014 by

Rules, rules, rules… They’re everywhere. Society has them, we call them “norms.” Work has them, we call those...

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Baby, Don’t Hurt Me (Lov...

Apr 3, 2014 by

Perhaps one of the greatest achievements a person can attain in their lifetime is having a right view of themselves… but...

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What’s the point?

Apr 2, 2014 by

If you hang around MAC’s Musings much, I’m sure you’ve picked up on a theme over the past few months. I’ve...

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Baby, Don’t Hurt Me (Lov...

Apr 1, 2014 by

Did you know that we can help each other to Love well? And also hinder it? I’ve never before realized how well thought out the...

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Baby, Don’t Hurt Me (Lov...

Mar 31, 2014 by

So far in this series I’ve been thinking about things that love is, now it’s time to look at the first thing love...

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Baby, Don’t Hurt Me (Lov...

Mar 28, 2014 by

How kind am I really? I guess that depends on my definition of being kind. Is kindness simply the absence of being rude or hurtful?...

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10 Reasons to eat Thai food wh...

Mar 25, 2014 by

1. It takes them under 5 minutes to make your order from scratch. Get the phone number off the sign in the parking lot, call and place...

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Baby, don’t hurt me (lov...

Mar 24, 2014 by

Is it divine truth or cruel irony that the first characteristic of love defined in 1 Cor. 13:4 is patience. Yes. Love, and God by...

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Baby, Don’t Hurt Me (wha...

Mar 21, 2014 by

Do you remember that early 90′s song “What is love? (Baby, don’t hurt me)”, it has (quite annoyingly) been...

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On times and seasons

Mar 20, 2014 by

Yesterday, the last day of winter, I went for a really long walk. For the first time in months I tackled my whole neighborhood, every...

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Anywhere (but here)

Mar 19, 2014 by

A friend of mine, who went to Bible college, recounted the story of the schools “missions club”. The running joke was,...

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Do we really want to “ba...

Mar 14, 2014 by

I don’t know the person in charge of marketing for the Girl Scouts – but I have no doubt they’re being paid really...

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Transition: the most necessary...

Mar 13, 2014 by

It seems like so many people I talk to are in the middle of a transition. Jobs, moving, seasons, relationships, health, hairstyles...

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Messy Mondays and Morning Merc...

Mar 11, 2014 by

It’s not often that I have days that I would categorize as a compete “fail”. But yesterday was one. In my defense, I...

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Where you think you stand

Mar 7, 2014 by

It all started a few months ago. I was catching up with a good friend and was asked, “How are you doing in this area?” To...

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To try, or not to try…

Mar 6, 2014 by

I’ve had to have “the talk” with a few of my students recently. It’s kind of like the DTR (define the...

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Does your God have little arms...

Mar 4, 2014 by

I’ll freely admit, I don’t get how faith works. Should we go around “naming it and claiming it”? Do we just...

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Learning how to respond

Mar 3, 2014 by

I don’t know what you think about the Duggars (the reality tv family with 19 kids). To be truthful, I don’ t know what I...

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When the rope runs out

Feb 27, 2014 by

Last night I got to the end of my rope, again. I know that sounds dramatic, but it’s true. But don’t worry, I’m not...

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Running in Circles

Feb 26, 2014 by

Have you ever had the sensation of, “I’ve been here before.” You look around and can’t help but think,...

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You killed our love fern!

Feb 25, 2014 by

Every spring I get the itch to garden. I start thinking of all the lovely organic vegetables I could grow for “free”. I go...

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You’re one of us!

Feb 24, 2014 by

Wedding season is upon us… again. As such, I found myself trekking down to New Jersey for a friend’s nuptials this past...

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Just a little different

Feb 21, 2014 by

Well, that wasn’t supposed to happen. I hate when totally well-meant questions/comments turn your whole day upside down. When...

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The Need To Know Basis

Feb 19, 2014 by

I like to think of myself as a fairly open person. While I might not readily volunteer personal information to people I’m not...

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Timing is Everything

Feb 18, 2014 by

Christianity isn’t about mindless acceptance. It isn’t a religion that requires you “check your brain at the...

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Why my name’s in the add...

Feb 17, 2014 by

It’s days like these that make me wish I wrote an anonymous blog. I would be famous. But no one would know it was me. My best...

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Dumping the fool’s erran...

Feb 14, 2014 by

The obligatory Valentine’s Day post. This is where I’m supposed to either be totally in love with love or tell you all why...

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Are we tourists, travelers or ...

Feb 13, 2014 by

Sometimes I wonder if I’ll every get off this continent. Don’t get me wrong, North America is great, it’s just that...

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Good for you! Or is it?

Feb 11, 2014 by

I had a defining moment, about 6 years ago that was so simple and yet, looking back has really had a huge impact. I was attending a...

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What Jesus Can’t Do

Feb 10, 2014 by

Ah, family and friends. My family moved a few times while I was growing up. Major moves. Halfway across the country moves. As such,...

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Pardon me, but your bondage is...

Feb 7, 2014 by

I didn’t watch the Grammy’s, no shock there. I’ve pretty much lost touch with who most of the people being...

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What kind of laugh do you have...

Feb 6, 2014 by

For better or for worse, I’m a laugher. I laugh when I’m nervous, I laugh when I’m happy, I laugh when I’m not...

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The moment of confusion

Feb 5, 2014 by

Today I witnessed, what I believe was, the first moment my nephews were utterly confused by the things women do. The first of many,...

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Deceptively deep puddles

Feb 4, 2014 by

A few years ago my dad had a “landmark” birthday. And, because every big birthday in our family is commemorated with a...

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Hear the depth’s echo

Feb 3, 2014 by

I’m a natural sprinter, marathon running has never held much appeal. I like projects, with specific boundaries, visible end...

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It is enough.

Jan 31, 2014 by

Jacob had been having a hard year… or really a hard few decades. Actually, things hadn’t really gone smoothly for Jacob...

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Life Lesson: The harder I hold...

Jan 30, 2014 by

I love coffee. Coffee in the morning. Coffee at noontime. And (sadly cause I’m getting old, decaf) coffee in the evening....

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But, what are you for?

Jan 29, 2014 by

They say that the best motivator for unity is a common enemy. I disagree. Sure, having a common enemy will motivate groups that hate...

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What you NEED to know.

Jan 28, 2014 by

There’s a growing, and disturbing trend in America of those who claim to be christians, but have no clue what that means. Maybe...

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Lessons from the unplugged

Jan 27, 2014 by

I took a break, but you knew that. And now I’m back, as you can see. Why did I go unplugged for almost three weeks? Well, lots...

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Taking a breather

Jan 9, 2014 by

Well, here we are, one week into 2014. Is it just me, or are you getting the feeling that 2014 is gonna be big? Cause I am. I...

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The holiday spirit

Jan 4, 2014 by

I know this post may seem a little late, but I’m still settling into the concept of 2014. It feels like it should be right...

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What to do on vacation.

Dec 27, 2013 by

Today is my last official vacation day, at least before the weekend. This year I decided to take the week of Christmas off, and I...

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Seeing the end

Dec 20, 2013 by

Have you ever sat in frustration at what God is doing? You asked, but didn’t get an answer. You prayed, but didn’t see a...

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Why I drive past your store: A...

Dec 19, 2013 by

As a music teacher, I find myself with the occasion to purchase music books on a fairly regular basis. When I do I try to think ahead...

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