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    retreat

    Here are the 2nd and 3rd definition for the word “retreat” found on merriam-webster.com: 2: a place of privacy or safety : refuge3: a period of group withdrawal for prayer, meditation, study, or instruction under a director Both fit the retreat I attended on Thursday and Friday, but for me I think the best definition was: a time to reflect and reenergize. It was indeed a getaway…one that I wish had lasted longer. It was great to be out in the woods, breathing in the brisk fall air and sitting by the lake. I think we should all “retreat” more often.

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    equal?

    Why does it seem like busy = stressed? Just because I am busy, doesn’t mean I’m stressed out. Right? Why do we associate one with another? I chose this lifestyle. I like being busy. There is stress, but that’s part of life. I know I would rather be busy than bored. So, if I say I’m busy, don’t assume, that therefore I must be stressed. I’m not. (:

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    busy

    This month is very busy. I know every month is busy for church workers, but this one is especially busy. I am not complaining, because I hate to complain, I just needed some place to vent my thoughts on the issue. How did life get so busy? I like to be busy, but sometimes I get so caught up in life that I forget the actual living part. I went to a wedding this past weekend and it was wonderful to see a h.s. friend get married. She was SO HAPPY. It’s moments like those that stop you in all the busyness and help you remember that life is to…

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    truth about teenage girls

    I recently saw a segment on the Today show about dealing with boys. I also saw a discussion about it on an email list serve. Then, I came across this article related to the problem we are facing today with teenage girls and sex. Check it out:http://http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1840556-2,00.html I had heard most of this before, but there were a few new interesting insights, not all that I agreed with, but still something to consider. Now I wonder…Do our teenage girls really think about sex more often today than in the past?Are we dumbing down teenage girls based on media stereotypes and assumptions?How do we deal with this issue as educators, church…

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    remembering

    Today began just like this day seven years ago. A cool, crisp fall day with blue skies and not a cloud to be seen for miles. But this time around, it didn’t seem as painful to make it through the day. I acknowledged the moment of silence, like I have every year since that day…but I wondered how many others did? One news show just went on with its regular programming. I mean, I know we have moved on, but shouldn’t we also remember and honor the past? I continued on with the rest of my day. I read a few articles online about memorials and such, but there’s fewer…

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    september

    It’s September. School starts. Fall events starts at church. But has summer ended? For me, the seasons begin to run together, as I no longer have classes to go to and homework to complete. Still, it’s a new season in ministry, where busyness becomes routine and it’s easy to get caught up in life. How about getting caught up in God? How about being in the presence of God instead of fitting him into the schedule? Labor Day weekend was relaxing for the first time in a long time for me. Family visits, quiet evenings, Peach Festival and walking with our church float in the parade! Now it’s time to…

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    spinning

    My head is spinning. This week has felt like a non-stop, roundtrip flight from here to the far corners of the world. How do I make it stop?…Or really, I just need it to slow down. I know I am in control of my day to day routine, but I think I need to give more time to God and let him be in control…as it should be. If I could simply spend my first few minutes at the office in His Word, I think I would feel better, have more energy, and be able to endure this crazy week that I am experiencing. But why do I struggle still?…

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    awe

    I am absolutely, positively in awe of God! Ever just have a moment where you realize the awesome grace and love of God for you? I felt this week like I was falling away…wanting to be in Scripture but choosing not to, trying to pray and falling asleep instead, etc…and God, rich in mercy brought me back to a place of comfort and peace! He’s God so he can do anything! We can’t put him in a box like our human minds want to do. His presence is beyond anything we can imagine and his LOVE is awesome! Thank you God for the gifts you have given to me to…

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    wow

    The 4x100m free relay last night was amazing! It was worth staying up past my bedtime to see the awesome feat the Americans had against the French! I just love when people smack talk and then eat their words. More importantly, I love the competitive spirit of the sport of swimming in the olympics…it’s my favorite!

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    olympics

    I’m watching the opening ceremonies of the 2008 olympics…something I have been looking forward to all week. I just love the olympics because of the unity, competition, and spirit that is shared by hundreds of countries around the world. I’m also learning about what is going on with China, and receiving a geography lesson as each nation walks into the stadium. I realize how much of a novice I really am when it comes to international geography, but I also love to learn new things about the world! I find it fascinating to learn about the various countries, athletes and stories. It’s such a unique opportunity to experience the hoopla…