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My baby just left for college. And now I need tranquilizers.

There are so many moments in parental life we just can’t emotionally prepare for. The insanity of screaming like a Sudanese war chief for hours before the joy of meeting baby.  The anxiety felt on that first day of daycare or Kindergarten. The unhinged thrill of watching them score the winning point at the big…

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Swallow Hard, Vote Trump

Down the street from us lives a U.S. Congressman who delivers church sermons on the weekends, has an MBA, and loves his fellow veterans. I wish he was running for President. But he’s not. And that’s why I’m voting for Trump. Before all my liberal amigos out there get their panties in a bunch diving…

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Marriage is Killing the Anarchist in Me

I married a rule follower. Like a lifelong Boy Scout, ex-military rule follower who files his taxes in January and would rather lose an appendage than park illegally. And so, as God’ humor would have it, I’ve realized I’m a risk-taking anarchist. I fully recognize that as a born again, spirit-filled Christian I should have…

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The New Normal

It only takes one thumb scroll through Facebook to indicate quarantine’s left most of restless, scared and at the very least, bored to the brink of insanity. For the love, I almost scrapbooked the other day. Almost.  We’re all searching for projects and purpose to consume our energy and time, and we’re all feeling that…

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5 Ways to Praise Yourself Out of a Funk

I really stink at many a life function. Like I might be a missing chromosome. Cooking, gardening, “home making,” crafting, shopping, event planning…I’m notably bad, and the older I get, I really don’t care. I’m into Jesus. My family. Writing. And running, but that’s only to keep the waist in check. However. I will say…

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My Epic Back to School Manifesto

Ahhhh, back to school. The only three letter phrase delivering more dread to my soul might be “Beach is closed.” As much I love summer, the sadness I feel bidding adieu to strappy sandals and the blessed shore has more to do with the fact that soon I’ll be running through the house at 7…

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Jessica Kastner is an award-winning journalist and a regular contributor for CBN.com, GodTV.com, and Beliefnet.com. She serves as the CT Coordinator for Straight Ahead Ministries, leading Bible studies within juvenile detention centers, and can be found most days on the trampoline with her copious number of children, wishing she’d ordered the turbo shot.

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