Loneliness

Waving Goodbye

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By Patti Johnson One isn’t involved in the ministry life for long before you realize the harsh reality of saying goodbye to folks that you have cared for, invested in, served with and grown to love. The other reality is that sometimes you really don’t actually get to say goodbye. They just leave. You suddenly find yourself without them by your side. It’s as if you were in the middle of playing ping pong and you hit your ball and…

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The Weight of Holding a Confidence

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By Patti Johnson The phone rings at the home of a pastor. Besides the usual collection of calls it might be about, there is an added category that most households do not experience. It is one of a confidence that you did not know was coming. You may know the person well, or it may be only a name you are familiar with from the church attendance roles. It may even be a relative or friend of someone you do…

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Don’t Quit

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I admit it, I struggle with worry, I deal with anxiety and I have been depressed. God doesn’t want any of these for me. He wants me to remember those little birds and how He cares for them. I am loving birds so much more than I used to. I look for them when I’m in a dark place. I see their beauty, grace and carefree-ness and I long for their natural tendencies. Oh, to shrink down and be a…

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Someone Please Pray for Me

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By Patti Johnson I remember the afternoon over 20 years ago like it was just yesterday. Our extended family had gathered at our house for a family dinner. While most of us were in the kitchen catching up and preparing for the meal we would share, the youngest of our three children was in the living room on the couch. We noticed she had been quieter than her usual energy-filled 4-year-old self but had not determined any more than that….

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A Safe Place

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I would like to share a blog today written by a pastor’s wife that I believe will bless you and give you hope. We recently went through a family crisis. It’s the kind of crisis you don’t want everyone (or really anyone) to know about, but especially your church, if your husband is the pastor there. As bad as I wanted to contact some people in our church and share my heavy burden with them, I couldn’t. There was just…

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