Ministry Means We Go Together

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In August 2019, my husband and I took an unforgettable trip to South Africa. We spent two weeks learning about culture, apartheid, reconciliation, multiculturalism, and more. The big international airport in South Africa is called Tambo International Airport. Mr. O. R. Tambo, the airport’s namesake, was a contemporary of Nelson Mandela and, like him, worked to end apartheid. I was …

DOSPOD Episode 89

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Juneteenth is the celebration of the emancipation of enslaved people in the US. The Emancipation Proclamation was signed in 1862, but it didn’t make its way to Texas until 1865. In this episode, Steph and I are joined by Dr. Darryl Scriven who shares his personal experience as an African American learning about and celebrating Juneteenth. We talk about the …

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DOSPOD Episode 88

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I was recently summoned for jury duty. At first, I had mixed feelings. I know what it’s like to present a case to a jury, but I’ve never been a juror before. Though I was curious, I doubted I would be chosen to serve and I worried the whole thing would be a waste of time. To my surprise, I …

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DOSPOD Episode 87

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Steph and I celebrate the second anniversary of the podcast! More than ever, we are all about sharing personal experiences and learning from each other. Of course, honest conversations are the best way to make that happen and that’s still foundational to Discovering Our Scars. If you have a long-term goal or project, this episode will resonate with you and …

DOSPOD EPISODE 86

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Steph and I are joined in this episode by Steph’s high school friend, Megan. As high school ended, Steph could see that Megan was struggling with depression. Unknown to Megan, Steph was struggling, too. Steph tried to “fix” Megan, rather than working on herself but Megan wasn’t ready. They drifted apart for a few years. When they reconnected, they realized …

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Pentecost: A Breath of New Beginning

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We all know there are four seasons—winter, spring, summer, and autumn. I live in the northern part of Florida, just on the border with Georgia. Unlike our friends further south in Florida, we are lucky enough to get at least a taste of each of the four seasons. Some of them are fleeting, but we enjoy them while we can! …

DOSPOD EPISODE 85

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In Episode 85, Steph and I talk about some of the things we’ve been diagnosed (or misdiagnosed) with and what that feels like. For Steph, a diagnosis of PTSD felt like a relief because she understood what she was dealing with and she knew that her psychologist understood, too. For me, knowing what type of cancer I had was instrumental …

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DOSPOD EPISODE 84

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Steph and I both grew up hearing about “Stranger Danger.” The idea of a stranger is amorphous and unclear, and it only alerts children to potential external danger. But most child abuse happens at the hands of someone the child knows—that was the case for Steph. She was abused by someone her family trusted. This is an honest conversation about …

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God Shows No Partiality

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Have you ever been rejected? Like, really rejected? Have you ever shown up at a party, a meeting, or (worst of all!) a church, and everyone seemed to be sending you not-so-subtle cues that you were not welcome there? Rejection is difficult and yet, it’s an almost universal experience. In fact, if we haven’t experienced rejection, maybe we aren’t trying …

DOSPOD E83

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In this episode, I try to call Steph out for failing to say “Bless You” when someone sneezes. Steph asks why we say “excuse me” or “bless you” in response to normal bodily functions. Why do we have a problem with our bodies doing what they need to do, when they need to do it? This is an honest conversation …