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The Lies That Trap Us In Unforgiveness – Propel Women
Propel Women : Guest Post  By Carey Scott. 

Chances are you can recall a time when someone deeply angered or offended you through their heartless words or careless actions. Maybe you saw it coming, or maybe it absolutely blindsided you. It might have been intentional or accidental. Regardless, the last thing you wanted to do was offer forgiveness.

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Mother’s Day – Wikipedia

Mother’s Day : Wikipedia 

Mother’s Day is a celebration honoring the mother of the family, as well as motherhood, maternal bonds, and the influence of mothers in society. It is celebrated on various days in many parts of the world, most commonly in the months of March or May. It complements similar celebrations honoring family members, such as Father’s DaySiblings Day, andGrandparents Day.

In the United States, celebration of Mother’s Day began in the early 20th century. It is not related to the many celebrations of mothers and motherhood that have occurred throughout the world over thousands of years, such as the Greek cult to Cybele, the Roman festival of Hilaria, or the Christian Mothering Sunday celebration (originally a commemoration of Mother Church, not motherhood).[1][2][3][4]However, in some countries, Mother’s Day has become synonymous with these older traditions.[5]

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The Problem with Isolation During Grief – Becoming A Godly Wife  

Becoming  A Godly Wife : Grief And Isolation

Things to Help Through the Lonely Times During Isolation:

  1. Find a balance: It’s OK to be alone. However, it is also important to be surrounded by those who love you. So, yes we have to have alone time but also be willing to cling to those closetest to us.
  2. Remember things will change including relationships: Everything is going to change. You may discover new friends as you begin to heal. You may find that there will also be a shift in pre-existing friendships. After all, they too may be on a grieving journey on their own. 

Please read the rest of this post. 

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When Mother’s Day Hurts – (in)courage 

(In) Courage :When Mother’s  Day Hurts.

As I sat in the pew, the pastor preached a stirring sermon on the attributes of motherhood. All the things he said were true. They just didn’t apply to me. And when the time came for all the mothers in the sanctuary to stand and be honored, my head dipped and the tears flowed. As mothers all around the room proudly rose from their seats, I prayed silently.

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Grief: Living a New Reality – Beautiful Ashes 

I’ve known for most of my life that I haven’t ever handled grief properly. That is why I began this journey towards learning to grieve with hope with my besties. We’re in the midst of our book study through Grieving with Hope, by Samuel J. Hodges.

Every week we’ll each be sharing our thoughts on the same chapter. It is our hope and prayer that as we learn to grieve holding tightly to the hope we have in Jesus Christ that others will be encouraged and strengthened that are on their own grief journey.

You can follow my journey towards grieving with hope here.

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What I Wish I’d Known Sooner – (in)courage Written By Sarah Mae

(In) Courage : by Sarah Mae 

It takes time and practice to grow into mothering with wisdom and maturity and grace and gentleness. But the more we practice, the more we keep on, step by step, slow and steady, learning, doing, listening to older moms, staying before the Lord and relying on His Holy Spirit, the better we will get!

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Mother’s Day: Moving From Pain to Peace

Yes Mother’s Day is hard for me. Very hard.

Healing Writer

Mother’s Day is an emotional minefield for some women.

I’ve gingerly tip-toed this day for 38 years. I know it’s pain, treachery and discomfort.

But this post isn’t about me. This is for you, female friend. It’s for women I’ve never met. I’m offering you an understanding heart that identifies with your hurt and a path to release that can make you feel better, relieved and peaceful. I’m writing you today from a heart not yet fully healed from the scars of adoption relinquishment. But I desperately want to be. Like you, I’m working it out. Becoming healed.  

mourning statueMaybe you’re a mom whose felt death’s dagger cut your child or children away. Whatever the means, your loss is personal, permanent, stinging. It could be you’re a birthmother separated from your child through the adoption process.

You could be dealing with the pain of infertility, a single woman longing for…

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Get Off Your Porch – (in)courage 

We were in desperate need of community that got off the porch and moved toward us.

I found it one night at a church community group bonfire. A sweet older mama called to me as I walked out of the house, her house actually, headed toward the backyard festivities. I thought she was talking to one of the other ladies in the group because she said she had something for whoever it was she was speaking to. She said it in the way you would talk to an old friend whose Tupperware you were trying to return. We had only just met so I thought surely she wasn’t talking to me.

But she was.

She was getting up off her porch to come toward me. 

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Good Morning Saturday. By Sarah

From Sarah : Good Morning, Saturday. By the time I finished writing this it will already be afternoon on the East Coast. 

I went to catch up on my emails this morning and found a message from 

She Reads Truth. 

It it, I was reminded to take This Day, and spend  time in prayer and Bible Study. To spend time with Our Lord.

As I sit here writing this looking out over the waters here at the park :

(Do we ever really write anything by hand theses days?)

I wonder if most of us take the time each week….each day…. to really talk to the Lord.

For many, Sunday’s  And Wednesday  evenings are the time for worshiping . To have fellowship with each other.

I don’t  get to church nearly as often as I should.  I seldom get to my Lutheran Church. 

I enjoy the Little Community Church just down the road from us. It is a country church and I know almost everyone there. Yet, for me it’s these special moments when I see the beauty of God’s Creation . 

I find myself praying to Him. Thanking Him for all that I have. 

Other  times I cry out  asking for his help his guidence. 

Take some time today, to really talk to God. To really listen to what he has to say. 

Take some time to talk to our Father. 

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Cinco de Mayo – Wikipedia

Cinco de Mayo (pronounced: [ˈsiŋko ðe ˈmaʝo]Spanish for “Fifth of May”) is a celebration held on May 5. The date is observed to commemorate the Mexican Army‘s unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862, under the leadership of General Ignacio Zaragoza.[1][2]

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo has taken on a significance beyond that in Mexico.[3][4][5][6] In the U.S. the date has become associated with the celebration of Mexican-American culture. In Mexico, the commemoration of the battle continues to be mostly ceremonial, such as through military parades.

In the United States, Cinco de Mayo is sometimes mistaken to be Mexico’s Independence Day—the most important national holiday in Mexico—which is celebrated on September 16, commemorating the Cry of Dolores that initiated the war of Mexican independence from Spain.[1][7] 

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Cinco de Mayo Recipes | Taste of Home—celebration-recipes/cinco-de-mayo-recipes

Taste Of Home : Cinco de Mayo 

Cinco de Mayo (Fifth of May) commemorates Mexico’s victory over the French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862. Celebrate this occasion with a scrumptious spread of food from south of the border, including favorite Mexican recipes like salsa, quesadillas, tacos, enchiladas, margaritas and more.

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Trim Healthy Mama – May Meal Plan – Newspaper Ashes 

Newspaper Ashes : Trim Healthy Mama May Meal Plan

Here’s my plan (with links & page numbers!) that I’ll be following in the next month. This includes a mix of old and new recipes from both the cookbook and Pinterest. Variety keeps me committed! Feel free to share or pin this post to look back on for inspiration as you head into another brand new month.

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No, Cinco de Mayo Is Not Mexican Independence Day — Here’s What It Is – NBC News

Today marks the 154th anniversary of Cinco de Mayo, a bicultural celebration that has become synonymous with margaritas, cervezas (beer) and the occasional controversy. But we found most people don’t know the real story behind this holiday.

So here are five facts that will probably surprise you about Cinco de Mayo:

1. It’s not Mexico’s Independence Day: Cinco de Mayo commemorates the triumph of the Mexican army at the Battle of Puebla on May 5, 1862. This victory occurred over 50 years after Mexico’s Independence Day, which is celebrated on September 16.

“The significance of Cinco de Mayo is that it represents Mexican resistance to foreign intervention, it is a moment where Mexico as a young nation rallied to defend itself,” said Raul Ramos, Associate Professor of History at the University of Houston. “But it was not a struggle for independence. Instead it represented a struggle against imperialism.”

Ramos noted that prior to the first Cinco de Mayo, Mexico was a nation with strong regional differences, from the Pacific coast to Northern Mexico to the Yucatan. “The Battle of Puebla helped the country coalesce around the idea of a unified Mexican identity.”

2. Cinco de Mayo commemorates a military victory over France — not Spain. Why was Mexico at war with France? Because the Mexican government had defaulted on its foreign debt to several European countries, so France invaded our southern neighbor.

Napoleon III hoped to install a monarchy in Mexico (which he was able to do for a few years before Mexico ousted the French). “The French army was considered the best army in the world at the time, and they had not been defeated in decades,” Professor Margarita Sánchez of Wagner College told NBC News. “So this was a real David versus Goliath situation that inspired Mexicans at home and in the U.S.”

3. Cinco de Mayo is a bigger celebration in the U.S. than in Mexico. “Recent Mexican immigrants are often surprised at what a huge thing Cinco de Mayo has become here,” said Sánchez. “They do celebrate the holiday in Mexico, but it is only a big deal in Puebla.”