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When Weak Women Impact You Forever

When Weak Women Impact You Forever

Every year I choose a word of the year. My word for 2023 is STRONG. I’ve heard it said that some people are strong because they had no choice but to be. I don’t believe that. There is always a choice to be strong or weak, and some people make the wrong choice. Like...

“Are You Okay?”  Why We Need to Ask the Question

“Are You Okay?”
Why We Need to Ask the Question

A few decades ago, my husband hired a youth pastor at the church where we were serving as the lead pastors at the time. We had known this couple for several years, adored their family then, and still do now. Bart and Jen (not their real names) had felt a call to the...

How to Love Where You Land

How to Love Where You Land

When I first began to openly share my deepest struggles, there was an immediate effort on the part of a few people to stop me. For example, when I shared from a stage that I struggled -- and sometimes still struggle -- with clinical depression, or that I take...

The Perfection Trap

The Perfection Trap

When I was younger, I fantasized about having the perfect family. Then I grew up and knocked myself out trying to have one. I have been married for thirty-five years. I believe marriage is about two people out-serving and out-forgiving each other. But for many years...

Invite Dr. Shrodes to Speak at your Event

Dr. Shrodes is invited to return and speak at many of the same places time and again because the result has been an overwhelmingly positive experience with lives changed, and people encouraged.