Compassion Fatigue

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Compassion Fatigue By Janet Holm McHenry The Lord is a refuge to his people. –Joel 3:16 (ESV) From a recent training for local teachers on social-emotional learning I learned a new term: compassion fatigue. As teachers have doubled up duties to teach both in an in-person setting and in a distance learning model, they have also encountered countless cases of students and parents and peers in emotional distress, while also trying to manage their own families’ needs and their own. Compassion fatigue is real. I have experienced this often over the last 22 years as I’ve prayer-walked the streets of…

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We Are Blessed

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In 1776 our country was founded by men who believed in God. Nearly two centuries later, “In God We Trust” was written on our currency, and The Pledge of Allegiance added the phrase “one nation under God.” Though these statements represent a variety of faiths, belief in God is the common denominator. As we all know, our nation is becoming more and more secular and many people are turning away from God. But there will always be a remnant who remain strong in their faith and in their commitment to God. We will always have a voice, although it may…

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What is your secret talent

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What are your secret talents? “And the special gift of ministry you received…keep that ablaze! God doesn’t want us to be shy with his gifts, but bold and loving and sensible” (2 Timothy 1:6-7 MSG). I think my secret talent is related to my hair––blonde with streaks of white. Can hair be a secret talent? Maybe. But…maybe it’s not my hair that’s a secret talent. Perhaps it’s what my hair can do––attract little girls like a magic magnet. Living in a country where blondes are not seen often, little girls stared and smiled at me. I accredited all the little…

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Galveston Island Book Festival & New Parenting Blog

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Want to get to know an author near you? Linda W. Yezak will be in person at the Galveston Island Book Festival. Linda W. Yezak of Nacogdoches, Texas will be participating in the upcoming Galveston Island Book Festival, an opportunity for Texas authors to meet and greet their readers and hopefully gain some new ones. The event will take place Saturday, March 24, 2018, in the Ball High School Cafeteria (its new location, since Hurricane Harvey destroyed the originally planned site), 4501 Avenue O, Galveston, Texas, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Linda W. Yezak Author/Editor/Speaker http://lindawyezak.com ~~~ Looking for…

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BEING A DIGITAL MISSIONARY by Julie Cosgrove

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Being a Digital Missionary  by Julie Cosgrove Before I began writing fiction, I became a freelance writer. My late husband’s job required us to move a lot (28 times in 35 years.) The best way I could bring in income was to click away at the keyboard. Wherever there was an internet connection, my customers could find me! I immediately landed bids. In thanksgiving, I tithed my work day to God, writing for Him first. I came across a devotional blog site through Truth Media, Christian Women Today. I queried them in 2008, and from then on wrote two devos…

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What I will pack in my suitcase.

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Hola from Janet Perez Eckles…Igniting Your Passion to Overcome A knock at my hotel room startled me. “Room service,” a voice said. I hurried to let her in. “Only need fresh towels,” I said. “I’ll be fine.” She brought them in and I smiled at her. “Thank you. What’s your name?”

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Protect Your Pastor’s Marriage

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Gal. 6:6 says, “One who is taught the word must share all good things with the one who teaches.” Bill and I have spent our entire married life in some form of ministry. Around the world are selfless clergy couples who run to the side of others in need to give God’s love, so here are three things you can do to LUV your pastor or the clergy couples of your church (or parachurch) staff: Listen—then take action: Tune in and get your eyes off yourself and ask honest questions to see if you really know what your pastor and…

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Your Devotional

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Hello! Maureen Pratt here with my monthly CAN blog. This time, some thoughts on writing the devotional. The devotional is intensely personal, but can also provide tremendous support for many. I've experienced this first-hand. When I was first diagnosed with lupus, I suffered from a number of life-threatening symptoms. None, however, was as confounding as the non-life-threatening phenomenon of lupus brain fog, which is much like looking at the world through a pea-soup fog on a chilly day. It isn't permanent, much like those clouds of fog, and it doesn't cause changes in the brain, per se. But it does make memories…

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Surprise, surprise!

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  Hey you sophisticated speakers out there. Have you ever found a surprise during a speaking engagement? I did. And I thought I’d share it with you. “Wow…that was a long day,” hubby said when I told him how my Saturday was. “No, it wasn’t long,” I said. “It was lovely.”  

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Only for a Moment

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A knock at my hotel room startled me. "Room service," a voice said. I hurried to let her in. “Only need fresh towels,” I said. “I’ll be fine.” She brought them in and I smiled at her. “Thank you. What’s your name?” “Rachel.” We chatted about mundane stuff. But when I told her why I had visited her city, she was open to hear about my ministry. I reached for my suitcase. “Got something for you,” I said. I put a CD in her hands. “This is for me?” she asked, her voice gasping a bit. “Sure it is,” I…

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