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At Death's Door

Perhaps you are watching a loved one waste away with disease or dementia. Because they are so dear to you, it’s hard to not be sucked into the vortex of their suffering. Watching them suffer consumes your days and steals your nights. Like straddling a creek, you toggle between not wanting them to go through this anymore and not wanting them to...

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50 Shades of….Not Sex?
Don't Guard Your Heart

Stop guarding your heart. Maybe this seems counterintuitive. "Guard your heart" is an expression thrown around a lot, especially in Christian circles, and it's commonly taken to extremes. It's supposed to encourage you to be modest, to protect yourself, to keep the bad guys out of your head and heart. But there's a danger when you try so hard...

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50 Shades of….Not Sex?
I Sense...That You Have Questions

If you had the opportunity to find the answers you crave, would you take it? I'm not a superstitious person, though I would classify myself as a person of faith. Somehow, when I read a newspaper or magazine, I almost always find myself spending a second or two reviewing the horoscopes. I don't seek out fortune tellers or know very much about...

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50 Shades of….Not Sex?
Why Trust is Worth It

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWypWe9UAhQ?rel=0] Media thanks to Ze Frank You've probably participated in trust exercises at school or work. Maybe you've crowd-surfed at a concert. Had a piggy-back ride. Taken a bite from someone else's fork. These things all take a certain amount of physical trust and vulnerability, even if you...

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Danny and Annie's Love Story

“I could write on and on about her.... In my mind, in my heart, there has never been, there is not now, and never will be, another Annie.” If you're anything like me, walking through the grocery store checkout can be depressing. It seems like every day some artist I look up to (or at least up at) is getting a divorce or having an affair....

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We've All Got Issues

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oEncgA9N144] Media Thanks to SoulPancake Behind every face is a person struggling. When the facades drop, we're left on level ground: every one of us human, all facing challenges and carrying scars. What does it take to trust someone enough to show them who we really are? Will they scrutinize and judge?...

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The Secret of a Happy Family

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IYT3a3LBYRs] Video Thanks to SoulPancake It’s not easy being a good parent, but the rewards are so worth it! There’s nothing quite like seeing your child beaming ear to ear, becoming the person they're destined to be. As Julien says, “Being a good parent isn’t about how much time you spend...

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Living the Single Life

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lREZ6Bg_Y4E?feature=player_detailpage] Julian, the host of The Science of Love by SoulPancake, asks a handful of single people a few questions: If you could, would you wake up tomorrow single or in a relationship? What are you looking for in a partner? What do you think other people are looking for? Their...

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