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Marian Jordan Ellis
As the mother of a five-year-old girl, I watched my fair share of princess movies during the pandemic. Hours trapped indoors made me quite thankful we live in a day when streaming channels are a reality. While I’m careful about my daughter’s screen time, there were several days when a good fairytale saved my sanity....
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I’ll never forget the day I gave birth to my daughter. For one thing, it was election day. I went to perform my civic duty, and while casting my ballot, my OBGYN called and said she wanted to induce my labor. Although my due date was still a week away, the ultrasound had shown that...
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“Here’s my heart, Lord.” These words are more than just lyrics to a popular worship song, these words are a response to an invitation. The invitation is from Jesus who beckons us to come and experience abundant life in Him.  But there’s a catch, we can’t experience all that God has for us unless we...
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Sitting all alone in my first post-college, single-girl apartment, the truth dawned on me: Life, as I’d known it, was over.  Jesus was changing everything. No longer was I the party girl, going out to bars at night with friends with whom I shared the lofty goal of getting hammered and meeting hot guys. Now,...
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There is a war raging over sex. It’s hard not to notice the uproar occurring in the media today as women across the globe speak up and say, “Enough is enough!” Whether it is the sexual abuse of children, the horrific sex trafficking industry, or the myriads of unwanted sexual encounters reported, fractured souls are...
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Sometimes I really miss college. Those bliss-filled days of hanging out with friends and eating whatever in the world I wanted because I still had the metabolism of a teenager. Oh, college, the glory days when my stress amounted to worrying over which dress I’d wear to a sorority formal or whether or not I...
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I yanked open the refrigerator and hastily pulled out food that would comprise my toddler’s lunch. Since we’ve been heavily traveling over the past month, (and she’s consumed more chicken nuggets than one should in childhood), I decided to reach for something a tad more nutritious. Thankfully, I had some leftovers that I thought would...
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While most Americans look forward to October 31st for the traditional feast of candy and festive costumes, I anticipate this upcoming Tuesday as the anniversary of one of the most momentous events in world history. October 31, 2017, marks 500 years since Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses to the door of the All Saints’ Church in...
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“There are few hours in life more agreeable than the hour dedicated to the ceremony known as afternoon tea.” ― Henry James, The Portrait of a Lady My best friends know I love all things British: accents, movies, history, quirky traditions, and of course, tea time. I’m not certain when my love for all things British began,...
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In the midst of one of the many sleepless stretches I’ve experienced this past year, a dear friend came over to help and said words that have defined this new season of life. She looked at my sleep-deprived and un-showered state and said, “Ain’t no ‘hood’ like the motherhood.” As her funny play on words...
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