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Honor Thy Narcissistic Mother: the 4th Commandment and Going “No Contact”

A Word, Please. . .

Two weeks ago as I was crawling into bed, my phone pinged with a text from a childhood friend, Serina.  Little emoji party horns were all over it, with an invitation.  Her father was turning 90. Would my family celebrate with them?  Her family was the only family we knew when I was growing up, the weekend in the cabin family, the camping family, the chicken curry family (her dad is Pakistani), the family that came over for Thanksgiving dinner. There was one problem:  my mother would be there.

In May, I decided to go “No Contact” with my narcissistic mother. It was after my housewarming party, where she ignored me except to insult me, and later when I confronted her, gaslightedme.  Her snide comment that day had not been the apex of her cruelty. The most cruel? Years ago when I told her I was finally pregnant with a long awaited  3rd child…

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Cracked Pots

Glimpses of the Greater

Shattered pieces

Shards of clay

Life has handled us roughly

The once smooth texture

Now riddled with a thousand cracks

Damaged goods

Too far gone

We slide to the back of the shelf

Hide ourselves behind the unbroken pots

And we give up on ourselves

But He doesn’t

He searches in the shadows

For those who hide

For those whose confidence has shattered

To bring restoration and to bring new hope

Cracks of shame

Filled with the clay of grace

Old scars of torment

Now our tale of redemption

We step forward

Back into the light

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The Turner House by Angela Flournoy

Dewette Decimal Reads

I have to say that I absolutely loved this book. It is the story of thirteen children who must come to terms with what to do with their parents’ house. The book takes place in Detroit, and of course the value of the house is now less than it’s mortgaged for. The best thing that they can do is to just sign it over to the bank. However, some of them don’t want to do that, since they are sure that in the future these homes will regain their value, and the bank will make money off of their loss.

The story is excellently told, with a compassion for this family and all its many members. I love how we’re brought into all their singular stories. The family that the older children grew up in is much different than the family the younger children grew up in. The differences were…

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What is Church?

Susan Irene Fox

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Church is people who follow Jesus. Church is people who care. Church is people who meet you where you are. Church is people who uplift and encourage. Church is safe. Church is hope. Church is the Holy Spirit showing up through people you hardly know to let you know He knows your heart.

Church is where your vulnerability meets my vulnerability and together we walk unashamedly toward God.

Church is a group of online bloggers who, without fail, write about the love and compassion of God. They demonstrate it in their responses to comments, in their quest to follow Jesus, and in their desire to let His light shine through them.

Church is wherever two or more are gathered in His name.

Church is just me on my little deck loaded with plants, where I sit in quiet repose, writing praise poetry, reading my Bible, keeping company…

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