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#Thisiswhatrecoverylookslike #Everydayalittlebetter Part 2

I am moving slowly these days in more ways than one. Physically to be sure. The physical has caused me to look at the spiritual. Sabbath….#thisiswhatrecoverylookslike #everydayalitlebetter

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#Thisiswhatrecoverylookslike #Everydayalittlebitbetter

This blog post has been a while in coming. Every day as I process recovery and what it looks like, I vacillate between wanting to say “Yay! Look how far I have come!” and “This sucks.” My daughter tells me reality and honesty is good in blogging and Brene Brown says be vulnerable. Well there you go. 

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Actions have Consequences: When Parents make Difficult Decisions

“How do you feel when your parents migrate to the US . . . and leave you behind?”  This wasn’t an easy question for students to answer in El Salvador.

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The Proverbs 31 Man

We have all been faced with that glorious example of womanhood, the Proverbs 31 woman. And who amongst us hasn’t at times been frustrated in our attempt to live up to this wonder woman. But let me ask you if you have ever heard of the Proverbs 31 MAN?

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Real places. Real people. Real faces. by Nell Green

I will never forget after 9/11 and the war on terror was in full force. We lived in Europe at the time. I would listen to American radio over the internet. Often I would hear, let’s pray for our men and women in combat. Let’s pray for our mothers who have lost children in combat.

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Tiny Drops in a Big Buckets: Addressing the Vulnerabilities of Human Trafficking by Nell Green

There was a certain relief when we returned to serve in the U.S. We would have more resources. The task would not be quite so overwhelming. We would have the support of the church at our fingertips. I has not worked out quite like that. Why? Not because those things are not true, but because the very same systems of injustice that make people overseas vulnerable to trafficking exist right here. Of course we must led aid to victims of both labor and sex trafficking whenever, wherever and however we are able. But if we are to forever end slavery of all sorts, we must eradicate the systems of injustice that make people vulnerable to trafficking.

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As you, our new president and elected officials discuss and decide the fates of these people, I wonder how many refugees you personally know. Probably very few if any at all! So Mr. President let me introduce you to some of my refugee friends. 

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Voices by Nell Green

The voice of Jesus is the same way. Indeed there are other voices around us attempting to drown him out. But when we learn his voice, we learn to focus, and we learn to separate out the other voices, there will be only one voice for us and we will follow it without question. No other voice will tempt us. We will by instinct know the voice that is for us. And even after all these years in so many different places, contexts, and cultures, I can honestly say life is abundant when we hear, listen, and follow. 

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Vulnerable: Race and Human Trafficking by Nell Green

I do not think of myself as racist. And Lord knows I attempt and examine myself regularly to be sure I am not harboring any form of racism in my mind or heart. Yet when we cry out for “the everything going for her” white affluent girl from the burbs and we ignore or simply shake our heads at the others, we must acknowledge a system of racism that permits the cruelest of injustices.  

#girlsmatter no matter what color or ethnicity. 

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Houston 2016: A Reality Check in an Age of Uncertainty by Caleb Mynatt

Going into the mission trip to Houston, there were many things to take into account. We had never gone on this trip before, never met these people before, had no idea what their interests were, we didn’t know how many people would show up and above all, we were working with “refugees.” As anyone who watches the news should know, refugees are a hot topic today in current politics and news. We were working with people that were in the limelight of American politics right now, whether they be in it for good or bad reasons. This alone was a lot to take in and can be very intimidating for some people. Nonetheless, I remained anxious to meet these people and after many talks with our group and lessons from Butch and Nell Green, we as a mission group felt prepared to take on anything that came our way. 

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