When Little Girls Have Big Dreams

by Guest Blogger on August 29, 2014

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This is my oldest. She reads all the time. In the grocery store. In the middle of the day on a Saturday. I’ve even found her in the kitchen reading cookbooks. The summer of 2013, Kayla had asked for a very expensive doll. We made a plan for her to be able to earn the [...]

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I Cannot Take Back Twisters

by Heather on August 28, 2014

I cannot take back twisters.

I can tell a mountain to jump and you say it will obey, but I cannot take back twisters. I cannot crawl up into the clouds and spin out reversing cyclones to reestablish houses and put people in their homes. Instead, I spiral water in bottles and boxes of granola bars, spilling them into a [...]

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When your hands are tied

August 27, 2014
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The cold stone floor scraped their knees. The stocks rubbed against their tired and aching ankles. They had followed God’s command. They were preaching, healing, leading, loving… DOing. And now at midnight Paul and Silas found themselves beaten and thrown inside a Philippian prison. Their feet shackled, their hands bound, yet they still felt their [...]

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That time we actually went and “did” something….

August 26, 2014
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This past Thursday was grocery day at Alabama Childhood Food Solutions. (see the link here  if you missed last week) The one day of the month when they provide free groceries to people who are having trouble providing them for themselves. The shelves were stocked. Everything was well organized, much planning had gone into preparing [...]

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Do Something – For You

August 25, 2014
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I have a secret to tell you: I’m not doing anything today. Not today, not yesterday, not tomorrow, not any day this week. We’ve talked so much this month about wonderful opportunities, ideas, things to do, ways to make a difference, causes to get behind. I believe in them all, every single one. I believe [...]

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Nameless…Sinful Woman

August 24, 2014
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Forgiven… “…her sins, which are many, are forgiven—for she loved much.”  ~ Luke 7:47 What powerful, beautiful words.  Jesus changed her name… she was Sinful and just like that she was Forgiven. As with our other women she has no name in Luke 7:36-50.  The other gospels record similar stories but there is something special about Luke’s [...]

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How To Get Your Newsfeed Back

August 23, 2014
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Depression. Suicide. Genocide. ISIS. Racism. Looting. Earthquake. Scandal. Ebola. These are just a few of the things that have filled our social media newsfeeds during the last few weeks. And let’s not forget the back to school pictures, which, as a homeschool mom were also on my “hard to look at” list. At least there [...]

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In the middle of living life

August 22, 2014
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When I first joined Middle Places, my life looked a lot different than it does today. Over a year ago, I was in the middle of learning to let go as my children were getting older, and in many ways, I am still there. But it looks different than it did back then. Now, the [...]

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Drowning in Anxiety

August 21, 2014
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I was talking to a close friend this morning (via text, of course) about clothes, babies and life when she brought up the fact that she has been feeling a lot of anxiety recently. Asking her what she thought was causing it, she responded with a grocery list of concerns. Family members, work stresses, marital [...]

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That Time I Interviewed Jesus

August 20, 2014
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Jesus Christ had no birthday. He also had no social security number. He said he was sleeping at churches. I suppose I could have hassled him about this. I mean, seriously, I’m supposed to believe your name is Jesus Christ? Do I look like I was born yesterday? I didn’t hassle him. I didn’t hassle [...]

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3,000 Calories for the Weekend

August 19, 2014
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God is Great God is Good…. Take a close look at the picture above. Check the contents of the photo carefully. Would this be enough food for your weekend? Could you make it for three days on what most families consider snacks? Let me inventory it for you. 1 pudding cup 1 ravioli cup short [...]

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Do Something Different

August 18, 2014
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We finished our school year in the middle of May. I was so looking forward to summer. Not because I had plans to travel or learn new things. In fact I didn’t plan to change much at all. I wanted to do more of the things I already enjoy, read stacks of books, go for [...]

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Nameless…Bleeding Woman

August 17, 2014
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We do not know her name… We do not know her exact ailment… We know she was desperate… We know she suffered for twelve years… While we do not know the nature of her illness we all commiserate with the fact that issues of blood are a concern for every woman in the world at some point [...]

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Middle Sisters’ Suggested Reading, August 2014 Edition

August 16, 2014
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Summer is wrapping up for everyone, isn’t it? If you aren’t already getting back into the regular work and school routine, as we are here in the South, you are finishing your school supply lists, putting away your beach chairs and taking stock of your fall wardrobe. You may even be doing some very early [...]

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Love Beyond Walls

August 15, 2014
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We live in a world full of distractions! Calendars are filled with to-do’s and events, cell-phones buzz all day long because of our platforms on social media, new reality shows are like magnets to our interest, and personal problems cloud our ability to notice and see needs around us. All of these examples and more [...]

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Gathering Rocks

August 14, 2014
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The Giant called, “Who will challenge me?” He paced and stamped and hollered. Day after day, for weeks he defied the God of Israel. And no one made a move. The Shepherd Boy stood amazed at the shaken army. Warriors of God’s own chosen people, Shaking in fear that they could not do anything about [...]

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When it feels like you aren’t doing enough…

August 13, 2014
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Did you know that our whole #DoSomething theme doesn’t mean you have to be a world changer? It doesn’t mean you have to find some worthy cause to champion. You can, but you don’t have to. It doesn’t mean you even have to step out the front door of your home. We’ve shared a lot [...]

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Birth Behind Bars

August 12, 2014
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I am a promise  I am a possibility Do you remember that song from childhood? If you are a mom, I’m going to ask you to remember that first time you gave birth…or any time you gave birth. Remember some of the anxiety of wondering what would happen, or worrying that you wouldn’t be able [...]

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When there is “Nothing We Can Do”

August 11, 2014
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It’s so easy to feel helpless these days. Christians are beheaded;  bombs kill babies in Gaza; families, entire villages even, die of Ebola along side their doctors; the threat of war rages; cancer spreads; husbands die. I can’t fix it. I can’t cure it. I can’t change it. I can’t even understand it. So what [...]

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Do Something: #WeareN

August 10, 2014
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A bunch of Arabic symbols filling up your news feed?  Mine too… Through avatars and hashtags Christians are attempting to keep the spotlight on this travesty and in the words of the Biblical patriarch, Joseph, turn what man meant for evil into something God uses for good.  Avatars and hashtags will not restore what these brothers [...]

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