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Simple Joys of Childhood

Simple Joys of Childhood

Do you remember what it was like to play as a child? Just think about the joy of grabbing some toys or grabbing a baseball and a glove and playing until you were so exhausted you couldn’t play anymore. For many kids, my 3 year old son included,...

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Rachel Reflects on 10 Years

Rachel Reflects on 10 Years

As I write this, we’ve embarked upon a new year: it’s 2019 already, and I marvel over the ways my life has changed, morphed, and grown over the past decade. I graduated from my beloved alma mater, Pepperdine University, in 2008, and in the midst of...

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Human Trafficking Awareness

Human Trafficking Awareness

Today, January 11th, is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day. Human trafficking and forced child labor have a long history in Ghana. During my visit to Ghana, one of the most vivid illustrations I saw of this history was when we visited Cape...

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Trust

Trust

I’m a therapist and have always been passionate about working with disadvantaged children, so when I was given an opportunity to work with the children at Touch A Life, I jumped at it. I had been wanting to do this type of work since leaving my job...

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Joy

Joy

The one word that I associate most with Christmas and the Holiday season is Joy. It is referenced throughout scripture and is used to describe the emotional reaction we should experience when thinking of a young savior being born in a manger over...

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Greatest Gift

Greatest Gift

The life I touch for good or ill will touch another life, and in turn another, until who knows where the trembling stops or in what far place my touch will be felt. Frederick Buechner Cheers to another great year at Touch A Life. Reflecting back on...

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Reset

Reset

Every time I return from Ghana the joke around my house is “batten down the hatches” because here comes Mom. I always return with the urge to get rid of the excess of stuff – stuff in my house, stuff in my car, and stuff in my life. Last year I...

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Freedom is Possible

Freedom is Possible

FREEDOM: the quality or state of being free, such as: a: the absence of necessity, coercion, or constraint in choice or action b: liberation from slavery or restraint or from the power of another c: the quality or state of being exempt or released...

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Who Am I?

Who Am I?

Have you ever thought about who you are and where you come from? Maybe you have done so in an existential sort of way. You know, the way college students tend to "search for themselves." But I am talking more literally figuring out who you are. I...

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The Gift of Caring

The Gift of Caring

One of the greatest blessings in my life is the gift of being a mother. I found out I was pregnant with my daughter three years ago, and I never could have prepared for the ways my life would change. I was so excited and a little anxious, too, but...

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