Category: Charlotte’s Blog

Forgiveness

Forgiveness

I know I’m not the only one who hears a name from years gone by, or has a memory of something that really stung that triggers emotional pain, despite the distance from the event. I often require mindfully forgiving someone so I don’t find myself nursing a grudge. I remember when I first started connecting…

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Long before Brangolina and the like were around, I created a blended name for a man who impacted my life, though I bet he never knew it. He was Glen Lempke, my bike coach in high school. He was a tech guy, like my husband, and taught all the courses I wasn’t interested in, so…

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Metaphorically Speaking

Metaphorically Speaking

Do you ever just want to reach into someone’s life and help them get to a better place? You can see someone else’s situation clearly; maybe because you’ve been in similar circumstances, or you just because you aren’t entangled in the emotional weeds. As a domestic abuse survivor, I always want to help others. We…

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The Cost of Inauthenticity

The Cost of Inauthenticity

I know a lot of people who sacrifice their authentic self; the person God ordained to bring into the world, for a purpose, for such a time as this. Reason: to stay in the ‘comforts’ of the façade and the ruts they have let the foundation of their lives manifest in. This is not a…

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Self Care is Not an Option; It’s a Requirement

We are all given free will, especially when it comes to caring for ourselves, but what about how our free will impacts those who love us. Recently I was asked to pray confidentially for a friend’s loved one whose body is shutting down, (please join us in prayer). I can see the turmoil in this…

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What to Do With Fear

What to Do With Fear

We all have a degree of fear. To some, it’s an annoyance that requires a slight lifestyle adjustment now and then. However many people feel absolutely paralyzed by certain fears. There are some people who cannot leave their home. Fear ranges from “I can’t drive across the bridge,” “I need to go to the ER…

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Letting Go

Letting Go

I have been in a season of growing with God. Although I have faced great joy, there has deep heartache and sorrow through my divorce and moving to Frederick. One of the hardest things I have had to face was the reality that some of my children seemingly chose (for lack of a better word)…

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Tales Around the Sunday Table; a Christian Response to Homosexuality When I was a little girl, my sister’s best friend’s father loved and welcomed me as his own. I was in a place in life where I needed that extra measure of care. Bill baked rectangular pizzas, in a baking sheet, and I found them…

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Understanding Another Person’s Perspective Can be Quite Enlightening

Oh I See!

Have you ever wondered how someone didn’t appreciate what you were doing when you saw it as an incredible contribution?

When I first met my second husband, I was shocked by the resistance I felt from his kids. From my perspective, I was bringing great things into their lives. For starters, their dad was happy. Furthermore, as a sensitive mom, I was more keen to some aspects of their needs than he tended to be without me. For example, they would tell a story and I would listen.

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True Friends and Superstars

Recently I have had the unique pleasure of watching a close friend’s son come close to being the next American Idol.

It’s Jonny Brenns if you are watching; as of now, he is in the top 14!

This experience of watching Jonny shine has been marinating my soul on many different levels for the past few weeks. I have never watched American Idol before. From where I stood, I only saw the harsh and unsupportive style of Simon Cowell, the originator of American Idol. He was well-known for dissing contestants and in my opinion possibly putting an end to their dreams and calling. I simply wasn’t interested in watching any human face such harsh discouragement.

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