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meditation monday

By Megan Westra / November 12, 2012 /

Yesterday was the International Day Against Violence Against Women, which also marked the beginning of sixteen days devoted to advocacy and education about the atrocities facing women on a global scale. (photo credit: Half the Sky) Stop and think for a second about all the women you know. Your mom. Your daughters. Your sisters. Your…

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found (also known as, the preface to my thoughts on a Year of Biblical Womanhood)

By Megan Westra / November 11, 2012 /

We learn best through stories.  It’s like there is something in our bones, deep down below the marrow that resonates with story.  Stats can leave us shell-shocked.  Tables can please our eyes.  Stories change us at the very core  of our being.  Rachel Held Evans‘ story, as found both on her blog and in her…

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let the children come

By Megan Westra / November 9, 2012 /

“So you’re writing the curriculum each week as well?”  the man asked me in disbelief.  “How do you do all that?” “well…i drink a lot of coffee…” Which is true, but the deeper truth is we will always find the time for the things we are most passionate about.  I am passionate about people knowing…

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this

By Megan Westra / October 30, 2012 /

so very, very excited about this book! you can read my review on amazon here and watch closely. deeper discussion coming soon.

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anxious

By Megan Westra / October 25, 2012 /

she sat on my couch and talked about faith. quoted chapter and verse of what had to have been half the bible. she told me she wasn’t worried that her medical bills were mounting… that she had been wrongfully let go at work… that the bank was threatening to foreclose on her home… “God told…

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homogeneous

By Megan Westra / October 23, 2012 /

why am i doing this? the landscape outside my car window shifts from long forgotten duplexes with their tell-tale green boards and corner stores, to abandoned shopping malls and tiny cookie-cutter box shaped homes, and finally to open fields and cornstalks.  it’s a long drive to the suburbs. thirty minutes due north through the concrete…

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reflections and ramblings

By Megan Westra / October 17, 2012 /

“you haven’t written anything in months” yes, thank you. as if the nagging in my soul weren’t enough, God has now sent conviction in the form of my upstairs neighbor. “yeah, um, i’ve been really busy…” lame. the truth is, i haven’t written because i don’t know quite what to write about. i’m a mom,…

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explosion

By Megan Westra / July 19, 2012 /

“what happens to a dream deferred? does it dry up like a raisin in the sun? or fester like a sore– and then run? does it stink like rotten meat? or crust and sugar over– like a syrupy sweet? maybe it just sags like a heavy load. or does it explode?” (langston hughes)   i…

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bring forth

By Megan Westra / June 28, 2012 /

birth story. it’s a must. and as i’m yet deciding the further direction of this blog, i figure this is a safe place to start.  because, well, i have to tell this story.   i was ready for cadence to come as soon as i hit the 37 weeks – full term.  there was not…

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discerning

By Megan Westra / June 17, 2012 /

“i should really write”   the thought has been playing over and over in my mind for months.  somewhere around five of them to be exact. baby.job.life.family.neighborhood.sanity. and i haven’t written.   but i feel like i should.  like i need to.  like there is more left for me to say.   like it or…

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