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Sticks and Stones: Part Two
Miscellaneous

Sticks and Stones: Part Two

Sticks and Stones Part Two: Words Can Crush the Spirit Sticks and stones can break my bones, but words can never hurt me. What a lie that is! It didn’t take long for all of us to sport invisible scars that changed the way we looked at ourselves and the way we looked to others. The little, pig-tailed girl with tiny, perfect baby teeth in second grade told me my gargantuan, imperfect adult teeth were bucked out, and then, I didn’t smile quite so big and freely in pictures. The boy in the metallic Michael Jackson shirt in sixth grade […]

My Husband’s Other Woman
Wedded Wednesdays

My Husband’s Other Woman

I could see the excitement in my kindergartener’s eyes as we walked through the lunch line together – his first real experience in the school cafeteria. He had begged me the night before to join him. We talked at lunch, enjoyed our milk and pizza, but it was over all too soon. He lined up with his class to resume the daily activities, and that’s when it happened. He ran in full force straight to me, leaped into my arms (no joke, I almost fell over) and gave me the biggest hug & kiss ever. Ever. And, it was in front of […]

Greener Pastures Over Different Fences
Female Fridays

Greener Pastures Over Different Fences

  “Man, I wish I had her life.” That thought has passed through my mind more times than I can count when I’ve seen someone from afar whose every hair is in place, smile is warm, house immaculate, marriage gooey, faith unwavering. I can almost see the harp-playing cherubs flying around that flowing head of hair sprinkling divine glitter-dust wherever she skips, ensuring her a Midas touch on all she pursues. And I hate her. I don’t even know this woman and I’ve already assumed her entire life’s story and have allowed myself to sink into inadequacy while despising her […]

Big Changes, Big Excitement!
Announcements

Big Changes, Big Excitement!

  Hello Readers!   SozoWomen authors recently met to discuss our site and where we want to go with it…and we are excited about the changes! So, in the meantime, here’s what you can expect: Great posts, but fewer of them over the summer months as we revamp and employ new changes to the site Launch in the fall our new authors, name, and look More creative, relatable writing More series More  topics   And we want to hear from YOU.  What series or ideas would you like to read more on?  We are all ears. Stay tuned for the […]

Called to be Free
Scripture Sundays

Called to be Free

You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free Galatians 5:13

The Secret Place
Mommy Mondays

The Secret Place

  by: Lauren Mulvey   The most precious times that I have had with Jesus are when I drop the agenda and simply meet with Him. I often imagine hiding away in the attic of a beautiful European castle. Some candles and the sunlight seeping through the stained glass bring light. I drop my sword, worries, and fears and wait on the Lord. I know I am a romantic, but I crave intimacy with Jesus, and the more intimacy I have with Him, the more I realize this is what we were created for:  to know and to love Him! […]

New Life
Scripture Sundays

New Life

For you were buried with Christ when you were baptized. And with him you were raised to new life because you trusted the mighty power of God, who raised Christ from the dead. Colossians 2:12

How to Win Friends after 30
Miscellaneous

How to Win Friends after 30

Ah, our thirties.  Magical…maniacal…mysterious.  And on top of all the “wait, am I really in my THIRTIES?” moments, it can be a real challenge to start new female friendships after the “natural environments” for friend-making have disappeared. In your teens, you have school. Every day, you’re surrounded by people your age, all going through the same stuff. In your 20′s, you’ve got college, and then work. Work is a little more tough – ages and stages tend to vary within workplaces, and you have to venture outside your comfort zone to find commonalities and opportunities to spend time with others. […]

Holes Left
Miscellaneous / Thirsty Thursdays

Holes Left

  Several years ago I taught a pre-K class.  I noticed that several of the kids were saying hateful words to one another, not really understanding what the harsh words were doing. I brought a board to class, along with a hammer and a few nails. We all sat in a circle and I asked the kids to call me some mean names, after a bit of hesitation and me explaining that they were not going to get in trouble,  ‘Meanie-head’, ‘Stupid-head’ and other,  silly, but harshly said words ensued. With each word, I hammered a nail into the board. […]

The Cake War, Battling Failure: Part 2
Wedded Wednesdays

The Cake War, Battling Failure: Part 2

I stood there motionless, sticky fondant and faulty frosting oozing through my  fists, as the soggy cake smiled at me from its crooked split down the middle.    As I reached to hurl its crumbling skeleton to the floor, this pesky voice of reason,  in the form of my husband, intervened.   “Cass…let’s work the problem.  We can’t fix anything when you’re like this, so what are our options?” “Our OPTIONS?!  To quit!  I cannot do this!” “Well, that’s not an option.  You committed; the wedding’s in three weeks.  Try and figure out what went wrong so we can change it.” “I’m […]