Don’t Miss the Changes

Fall is my favorite season of the year because it represents a change in the atmosphere.  As I looked out my window this morning, I saw leaves from a nearby tree that was once fully green now two different shades of orange and brown. It seemed like it happened overnight! It was evidence that a […]

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Becoming Real

The Velveteen Rabbit is one of my favorite childhood stories.  It’s about a stuffed animal who desires to be real through the love of his kid owner.  Throughout the book, he is on a journey to find out what really makes a toy become alive. Below is one of the most famous passages of the entire book. “’Real […]

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Even if…He is still Good

I’m becoming increasingly hesitant to turn on the news channels. The looping news topics are about all things negative and fewer things to hope for.  If I ever wanted to feel bad about the world I live in, I can turn on the news for a guaranteed dose of disappointment.  Do you ever notice that what’s presented […]

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The Deepest Needs

Until God is enough for you, no one else will ever be. The deepest needs are the hardest met ones.  If you asked a group of people what their deepest needs are, they’d all probably give you a different answer.  Many people don’t even know what their deepest needs are, although they feel them continuously. But God is […]

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Raising Standards

This past Saturday, I went to brunch with a few girlfriends.  During our casual conversation, one of them (who’s been married for 5 years) was “giving advice” to another (who’s single and desiring to be married). In her advice, she told her that marriage was a business deal and should be treated as such by focusing on how […]

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Learning to Love the YOU that God Loves

It didn’t come easily for me.  I’m now in my thirties and as I look back on my life, I realize that I spent the majority of my life striving to be someone other than ELANA. I wouldn’t say it out loud for fear of awkward looks or punishment from other’s opinions of me.  But […]

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