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Living in Abundance (Part 2): SACRIFICES

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs It would be great if we could have everything we wanted, if we could pick and choose what we got out of life, weeding out the bad stuff and keeping the best of everything. But life isn't like that. We can't have everything, and life often entails sacrificing one thing ...

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Living in Abundance (Part 1): IDENTITY

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs It's so easy to get caught up with negativity that we never take the time to celebrate the good stuff about life. But with Thanksgiving coming up (at least for those of us in Canada), I thought it would be fitting to start a new series on "Living in Abundance" ...

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VOCATION: Stepping into the Fullness of Who You ARE

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs There is a lot of talk about "vocation", especially in relation to God's plan for us. It can be confusing, but put simply, vocation isn't just a 'career choice' or 'relationship status' (whether you're married, single, or going into religious life); it's being who you REALLY ARE and who you were ...

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CHANGE? Grow Where You Are Planted

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs  You know the popular saying: "When one door closes, another one opens." Yes, that can be true. But sometimes reality feels more like: "When one door slams shut in your face, you are then shoved or forced through another one ...whether you like it or not." That's the funny thing about ...

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LIFE’S MIRACLES: From Water into Wine

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogsLast weekend I took part in a conference for my church youth group called CFC-Youth. The theme was centered around the Wedding at Cana, when Jesus turned water into wine as his first miracle. We were taught to recognize the ways in which Jesus had metaphorically turned our water into wine -- ...

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Dealing with Life’s Unpredictable DETOURS

Follow this blog on Twitter @reltalkblogs"If you accept your misfortune and handle it right, your perceived failure can become a catalyst for profound reinvention." - Conan O'BrienWe always strive for direction. We want life to progress in a linear fashion, to get exactly what we want when we want it. We make goals for ourselves and ...

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The Beauty in SURRENDER

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs It’s funny how 'freedom' and 'surrender' are two words that seem to contradict each other—freedom usually referring to “doing whatever one wants.” But I learned recently that sometimes the opposite is true: that freedom, in the deepest sense, is surrendering what we want in place of something greater. LET ME EXPLAIN ...

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Lessons Learned from "Penelope": LOVE YOURSELF

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs  I fell in love with the movie "Penelope" for several reasons: 1) It starred James McAvoy <3, 2) It was funny, and 3) It was cute, lighthearted, and fairytale-like. At first, that was all I saw in it -- just a cute movie, with a cute story, and a VERY cute ...

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How to Cope with Clinical Depression

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs I shared about my "Journey Through Clinical Depression" before but realized I hadn't given any details about how actually I coped with it (at least not on a practical/tangible level). A friend of mine interviewed me about it for a class project, inspiring me to share my answers here; hopefully it ...

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SINGLENESS: Curse or Blessing? You decide.

Follow this blog on Twitter @realtalkblogs I've written quite a bit on the type of love that's worth waiting for, but one thing needs to be clear: singleness isn't just a stage to prepare for a relationship or marriage (though it can be, provided that marriage is your vocation). Rather, it is much more; singleness carries a beauty and purpose ...

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