Many families deal with abuse, mental health issues, alcoholism, and divorce. Many of us were once just kids along for the ride on our parents’ journey of mistakes and bad choices. It’s what our parents showed us; it’s what they taught us. But as we age and take off on our own, getting through the confusion of our upbringing and the domino effect it inevitably has on our lives can be brutal. When we’re well into adulthood, why are we still trying to figure life out? The crux of this story is the path to healing—finding Jesus, finding love, learning to love, and sharing love with others. Understanding who you are is everything!

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Traci Silva

Traci’s greatest joy in life is knowing she is a child of God. Her inspired goal is to share with as many people as possible that they are, too. Born in Willoughby, Ohio, Traci graduated from high school in Jamestown, New York. After a stint in the Marines, she worked in the legal field while living in Southern California. She is married to Mike and values the privilege of experiencing life with him. She is a self-professed sun seeker and enjoys time on the lake with her family, friends, and dogs in Lake Havasu City, Arizona.

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More time, please

More time, please

Yesterday would have been mom’s 84th birthday. This year also marks the twentieth anniversary of dad’s passing. Remembering my parents recalls the emotional anxiety of their elderly years, knowing that time was short. How many times have you said, “Ah, I just need...

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Green Slime

Green Slime

My husband Mike has been repairing our old bow front fish tank, which has been taking up space in the garage for close to a year-and-a-half. It had to be put into “retirement” because of a crack in its top frame...

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Christmas Memories of Remembrance and Hope

Christmas Memories of Remembrance and Hope

Looking through photos of some childhood pictures from Christmas time brings on a strange, numb kind of… no, it’s the current state of how I feel – that the faces looking back at me are more like acquaintances than my intimate immediate family. People who I should...

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Man-eater

“How would you rather die? By a shark, lion, or bear attack?” My younger brother asked me that question once while we were discussing some of our fears.“None of them!”😱“Come on, pick one – chicken.” His voice was cocky and teasing – it was a challenge.“Alright, give...

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Cammies and Clove

“No one has greater love than this: to lay down his life for his friends.”– John 15:13 ESV The Apostle Paul loved his friends. He appreciated them and spoke highly of many, and his greetings to his comrades reverberated through his writings. Paul encouraged folks and...

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More Honey, please!

“Honey is the only natural edible product that consists of all the substances necessary to sustain life, including vitamins, enzymes, minerals, and water. It’s also the only natural edible product that contains pinocembrin that improves brain functioning.”Wow, did you...

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Infection

“What’s wrong with your eye?”I didn’t know the man ahead of me in line, but he seemed friendly enough. He had turned around to strike up a conversation while we waited. We both had pet toys in our baskets which became our common ground. That is until he got a look at...

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Final Adjustments

“Keep your shirts on; keep the lights on! Be like the house servants waiting for their master to come back from his honeymoon, awake and ready to open the door when he arrives and knocks. Lucky the servants whom the master finds on watch! He’ll put on an apron, sit...

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Tears and Snot

“You’ve kept track of my every toss and turn throughthe sleepless nights, each tear entered in yourledger, each ache written in your book.”Psalm 56:8, The Message “Recovery is rough, and healing isn’t easy,” I thought as I gazed around the room scanning faces at a...

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God Remembered

It’s been about six months since my mom’s terminal diagnosis, and her subsequent death in November. She’s in my thoughts daily, and mostly I think about her laughing, she loved to laugh. Here’s one of my favorite pictures of her being a goofball. “Oh Traci, you kill...

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