Fear Not

So a quick peak behind the scenes for us all: Every month we have to write our Spire articles on the 5th, to be ready for the next month’s release on the first. For instance, to be included in the October issue of the Spire, I would have to turn in a column by September 5th. This is all well and good, but with my failing memory (having twins is hard folks) it is often the case that someone will c…

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How to Build a New Life

Every now and again one of the TV dramas that I enjoy watching will feature an individual who was witness to a crime, and needs the protection of the government. These folks change their name, change their hair, leave their old life behind, and move to somewhere like Utah to start a brand new life for themselves. They completely start over. And there have been times in my life that I’ve thought, “…

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Fresh Starts: How to Pick Up the Broken Pieces

Have you ever had a deeply held dream, something that you had wanted for years and years, all of a sudden come to a screeching halt? It happened for Sarah and I a few years ago. We had always wanted to be parents, and had some difficulty getting pregnant. And then, all of a sudden, it happened! I remember Sarah called me to tell me while I was in the library at Pittsburgh Seminary, and I had to…

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Fresh Starts: How to Make a Clean Break

I don’t think a great many of us would like to admit that we have enemies in this life. Most of us are happy to be team players, to get along with as many as possible, to not have a dark side. But lately, I have discovered an enemy in my life, and he is vile. He is out to get me, of this I am certain. His sole purpose in life is to make sure that I don’t succeed, that I find my way to trouble, tha…

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Fresh Starts: Starting Over

As is often the case, my family and I went on a trip to New York City this summer to visit family, and just unplug for a while. As is also often the case, I went into the city for a day by myself. As a naturally introverted person, and as one married to someone who hates cities, this arrangement seems to work out well for everyone. I get a little bit of alone time, Sarah doesn’t have to go into t…

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