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If a weekend was delivered to my doorstep this past Friday then I didn’t seem to notice it.

Either I confused it for a never-ending Monday or decided that Friday and Saturday would just look a lot like thick, thick work instead of the play days they were designed to be. Regardless, I spent the last 48 hours amidst a pile of mail crates stacked high in my hallway. 

It’s been that kind of endless weekend. Of sorting mail. Of ripping open endless amounts of envelopes. Of gaining a headache quickly over the sadness some people pour into their letters. Of counting & recounting & resorting & straightening over 1,000 pieces of mail. And staying grateful the whole way through.

So yesterday at letter 700, just as my fingers were about to divorce the rest of my body, I decided to watch a movie that’s been tethered to my to-do…

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Whatever season you are currently in, the word “love” has its own unique definition. It seems to me that love’s capacity to be compassionate is what makes its meaning so beautiful. Love has the ability to look past a person’s faults, insecurities, inadequacies and treat them as God treats you; with mercy (Deuteronomy 4:31). Love means more than being sympathetic to the broken hearted. It means getting on your knees, catching their tears and allowing your heart to break with theirs. Love also means genuinely rejoicing with someone without allowing seeds of jealousy, envy or maliciousness to take root. As simple as it might seem, I encourage you to be MORE supportive of others instead of seeking selfish affirmation.

Today, I received dramatically contrasting news about two families that are close to mine. One family is expecting their fourth child, and the other family lost their father. Half of my…

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