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    The Mother of All Fear

    Fear. It’s a real icky four-letter word. We’ve all experienced it. We’ve all cowered under it. And we have all surely tried our best to overcome it. Dictionary.com defines fear as “a distressing emotion aroused by impending danger, evil, pain, etc., whether the threat is real or imagined.” I’d say that’s pretty accurate to what I’ve felt. And I can honestly say I’ve experienced a new depth of fear since becoming a mom. I wish I could say that I get these warm fuzzy feelings when I think about the birth of my little girl. Instead, I look back at it and feel the fear. When Charis came out, she…

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    “Just Carrots”

    I have often wondered, since becoming a parent, if God views us the way we view our own children. If you are a mother, I know you remember laying eyes on your child for the first time; the overwhelming love felt almost painful for me. Or when your child has a scraped knee and your parental kiss fixes the discomfort inexplicably. Or when your kid finally understands a math concept, you celebrate their victory with pure joy! Do you think God sees us this way? I have had a couple of experiences as a parent that posed the question of how God must feel about His children’s victories and falters.…

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    Blessings Un-Disguised

    I love October—the beautiful colors of the changing leaves, pumpkin doughnuts readily available in stores, cooler temps that mean I can finally wear my cute jeans and sweaters, pumpkin doughnuts, apple picking with the family, pumpkin doughnuts…. Plus, some of the best things in my family’s lives have happened in October. My husband proposed to me in October, our anniversary and several family birthdays are celebrated this month, and both houses we’ve lived in were bought in October. It seems to be our month.  But although it’s in the same spot on the calendar each year, October sneaks up on me and causes me to panic. Every. Single. Year. It…

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    What’s in a Name?

    When I was asked to write for this blog, I have to say, I was like, “What in the world would I write about?” Yes, I have lots of life experiences, but writing about them just seemed a little too much at the beginning. And, besides, where on earth would I start? (Seriously, where would I start?!) I guess, first, I would start by introducing myself since I had been doing it all week in different groups. I have such an unusual name, it only seems natural to explain how my parents arrived at Mignon. Really, how many Mignons do you know with “Mig” as a nickname? How did I…

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    Walking in the Wilderness

    Pastor Steven Furtick of Elevation Church once said, “If you don’t understand how far someone has wandered in the wilderness, you will never understand their excitement about their deliverance.” As I sit here, I see this beautiful and vibrant little boy who is my son. I see a wonderful man I get to call my husband. I see a cozy house I am blessed to call home. And most importantly, I have a God who I love with all of my heart and soul and who I know loves me, too. This picture could have been drastically different had I not listened to a few very important prompts from God.…

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    Just Say No

    I risk revealing my age when I say this, but I was in elementary school when then-First Lady Nancy Reagan introduced her anti-drug campaign. I recall seeing green signs posted everywhere with the campaign’s slogan, “Just Say No!” in bold, white letters. I remember PSAs featuring the First Lady surrounded by school kids screaming what to do if I, on the other side of the screen, were ever offered illegal drugs. People wore “Just Say No” t-shirts, Mrs. Reagan appeared on talk shows, and the message of saying that one, seemingly simple word was drilled into our heads on more occasions than I can remember. I’d like to credit Nancy…

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    Treasure It!

    Motherhood is still pretty new to me. My sweet little Charis Anne is about 17 months old, and she does a great job of keeping me on my toes. I have genuinely loved every second of being a mom. It has changed me for the better, I believe. And one of the ways that I love most is the fact that I have a better understanding of the never-ending, unconditional, truly radical love God has for me. I feel like God is constantly giving me these revelations of who He is through my relationship with Charis. I have grown to love these moments and truly treasure the new and exciting revelations I…

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    Sometimes We All Need A Little Push

    Let’s face it, no matter where you are on your journey in this life, nearly all of us have experienced isolation. Isolation, by definition, is to be removed from or apart from or having minimal contact with others. There are many ways we can find ourselves isolated; we may find we are isolated from social environments, isolated financially, isolated from being in a work atmosphere, or even geographically isolated having been relocated or moved. While I knew growing my family would change the dynamics of our home and social life, some of the isolation I’ve felt at different times certainly wasn’t anything I was prepared for. Let me just first…

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    The Day the Devil Stole

    The day the devil stole wasn’t unlike most days. I suppose that’s how he sneaks into our thoughts, actions and our hearts. I yelled, I blamed, I was very impatient (even more than usual), I was angry, I was bored, I was overstimulated, I was over-touched, I was so grumpy, AND it was only 1 pm on a Wednesday. The only circumstance differing from my routine was my oldest daughter stayed home from school due to illness. If my memory serves me correctly, I believe my five-year-old had a one-time vomiting episode due to a coughing fit, so I decided to keep her home with me and her two-year-old sister.…