MotherJana

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Falling in Love with Yourself

“Being single…. There’s a certain dignity to it.” –Janet Livermore, Singles, 1992 If you’re like me, you grew up daydreaming about meeting your other half. You looked up phone numbers of the boys you liked in the phone book and prank-called them. You went to bed at night dreaming of being held, or kissed, while you listened to the radio play bad songs by Guns-N-Roses. You thought everything would be […]

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Love a Woman

There is so much distrust in our culture about women. Not just among men, some of whom are afraid of women gaining confidence or power. (I don’t know many of them.) More often, it seems, the distrust for women comes from women themselves. We, as women, have been taught to fear and distrust ourselves, and those like us. Instead of reaching out and forming bonds, we’re a little sidetracked by […]

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Do You Have a Dream?

  “Dreams” by Langston Hughes Hold fast to dreams For if dreams die Life is a broken-winged bird That cannot fly.   Hold fast to dreams For when dreams go Life is a barren field Frozen with snow.   “I Have a Dream”  by Martin Luther King, Jr.  “I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of […]

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Hidden Love

A couple of weeks ago, I made a decision that I knew would cause upset among the people close to me. I felt I had to stay in France longer than I intended, and I didn’t know exactly how long. I had meetings I felt were very important, and I promised I would give specifics within the next two days. I had never done anything like that before. I am […]

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Battling Hate with Love

We are all really vulnerable. We don’t want to believe that. We want to think we’re more powerful than we are, that we are in control of our lives. And sometimes, we are. Sometimes, life goes well. The babies are born on time, the grocery bill is cheap, the parking spot opens up just as we pull in. But other times, we recognize that someone can move into a space […]

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The Loyal Women

  Some women were watching from a distance. Among them were Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of James the younger and of Joseph, and Salome. In Galilee these women had followed him and cared for his needs. Many other women who had come up with him to Jerusalem were also there. –Mark 15:40 On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices […]

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What Is True Love?

“What do you want me to do for you?” Jesus asked. The man said, ‘I want to see.’ –@CoolDudeMark 10:51 #biblestudy   People do not know what True Love is. They think it’s a passionate feeling, a deep flame within that makes them want to grab on to someone or something and never let go. But that is a mistake. True Love is seeing someone as they are, and accepting […]

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