Author Archive: West Ridge

God is in Control

God is in Control

One of my favorite sayings is “If you want to hear God laugh, tell him you have a plan”. So many times I have come up with a plan, and forgotten that I am not the one in control. I have recently decided to go back to work full time. Anyone that has ever looked […]

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  January 18, 2017   4 comments
The Transition to just Moments of Brokenness

The Transition to just Moments of Brokenness

One of the comforting things I sometimes share with myself these days is some wisdom shared with me from a now deceased close friend who never, ever gave up on me all through the time (years) he watched me self destruct.  He shared them with me at a time when I was fighting through moments […]

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  January 12, 2017   1 comment
Brokenness

Brokenness

Ann Voskamp has become one of my favorite authors.  I find myself when reading an article or one of her books, not able to put it down.  I also find myself internalizing every word that I am reading.  Over this past holiday I picked “One Thousand Gifts” off of my bookshelf.  (The story of how […]

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  January 10, 2017   No comments
Tradition

Tradition

One day Steve and I were listening to a news broadcast about family traditions.  They mentioned a lot of big traditions like always eating Easter dinner at Grandma’s with the entire extended family, or a family reunion every year.  And for a bit, we lamented over the fact that we didn’t have these big ingrained […]

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  December 31, 2016   No comments
Finding Joy in Simplicity

Finding Joy in Simplicity

Molly Beattie once said, “Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings […]

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  December 24, 2016   No comments
Truly He Taught Us

Truly He Taught Us

Truly He taught us to love one another, His law is love, and His gospel is peace. Chains shall He break, for the slave is our brother; And in His name, all oppression shall cease. Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we; Let all within us praise His holy name. As we prepare […]

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  December 22, 2016   No comments
To Forgive is to Extend Grace

To Forgive is to Extend Grace

I can be so petty sometimes – especially when driving. I find myself wanting revenge when another driver cuts me off. Recently, I realized that I do it in other situations of my life, too. It’s that whole “eye for an eye” mentality. I’m doing it. Or maybe it’s the mentality of I couldn’t possibly […]

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  December 20, 2016   1 comment
The Magic of Generosity

The Magic of Generosity

I just saw a video that offered several children of poor families an opportunity to share any gift they wanted for Christmas.  Then they got to talk about what they would give their parent for Christmas if they could  The kids dreamt big and went for it.  X Box.  Doll sets.  You name it.  They […]

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  December 15, 2016   No comments
A Giving Heart

A Giving Heart

In my late 20’s I was in Industrial Sales.  I was out driving through Chicago with another salesperson, Michael, and on the side of the road there was a man asking for money.  Michael immediately rolled down his window, in a not so great part of Chicago, and handed the guy $5 and said “God […]

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  December 6, 2016   2 comments
Thankfulness through Lepers

Thankfulness through Lepers

It’s been ten years now since Merance was a student in my senior English class at Pohnpei Island Central School, on a small island in the developing country of the Federated States of Micronesia. I still remember passing her home, a tiny shanty with a tin roof, as I walked to church several times a […]

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  November 30, 2016   No comments