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Hope Venetta

 Lover of road trips. Breaker of generational curses. Excellent listener.

My Activism – MLK Day

My Activism – MLK Day

My husband (who is white) asked me (an African American), "Does today hold any special significance for you?" For a brief moment I felt a twinge of guilt. I was grateful for a day I didn't have to go into the office. But that was about it. So I answered, "No. Not...

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The Gift Looks Good On You

3 For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds. 5 We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up...

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Can you relate?

Can you relate?

I am a huge fan of the 5 love languages.  My understanding of my need for quality time has shed so much light on what it means to relate to others in ways that are meaningful to them.  I can't wait to engage with you this week on relationship topics that have cropped...

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Soul Care

This week on health would not be complete with out talking about the health of our spiritual selves.  I attended today the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Regional Retreat for the International Center for Women's Ministries.  My soul was touched. James 4New International Version...

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Shut up and pass the Doritos

Shut up and pass the Doritos

The totally vegan, gluten free, low sodium, fat free meal. What? Exactly. This is terribly frustrating, especially when food has the capacity to taste so good.   Have you ever felt like you are under attack in this area?  Ready for some encouragement? ...

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Strong, flexible, and graceful

Strong, flexible, and graceful

In 10 days I will be 41 years old.  I have secured my place in middle age.  When did that happen?  I don't feel old, but I do think of my self as someone with experience.  I actually remember when I realized that I no longer identified with fresh...

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Praying in color

Praying in color

Sometimes prayer can be overwhelming. We don't know where to begin, or what words to say.  We have groanings in our spirit too deep for words that only the Spirit can understand. Have you ever just not prayed when you felt this way?  I have.  Feeling...

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My nosy neighbor and other well meaning people

My nosy neighbor and other well meaning people

Sigh... I thought I'd be able to duck into my house before she saw me. No chance. The lady across the street flagged me down and started marching across the street with a sense of urgency. I plastered a smile on my face and welcomed her to my front porch.  I was...

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I have elbows

I never wanted to be skinny.  The idea never turned me on.  In fact, growing up, I associated skinny people with people who were unkind.  I never wanted to be unkind.  I never wanted to be that.  I don't really remember my peers ever being...

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