Cara Trantham

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When the Familiar is the Enemy

A few summers ago, I decided to budget $30 every May for a steroid shot. And plan to pick it up two days after Memorial Day

Just when everyone else was picnic-ing and playing cornhole and eating hamburgers, I was celebrating summer with a steroid shot, followed by three weeks of NO SUN EXPOSURE.…

Self-Talk Matters

Proverbs-lampandlight-graphics-DAY9Do you ever have “one of those weeks”? When you don’t want to wake up and face the known? Or, worse yet, the unknown? When you want to leave your phone off so you don’t get any more bad news? When you want to stop living because it’s just.…

Hope Deferred

KS-Instas-May25-17-blog6The death of a dream always means the birth of a new promise. It is hardest to believe when walking through the ashes of what you thought would be your future. Wading through shallow shattered hopes can almost drown you in waves of sadness.…

The Great Exchange

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Safe.

I would wager that this word means a variety of things to different people. Until recently, I didn’t use that word much. I would say it’s because I never felt that my safety was threatened. In hindsight, though, I feel maybe it’s because I didn’t know what safe really was.…

Waiting with Wonder

What do you feel like you are waiting for right now?

A friend of mine asked me this question earlier this morning and it took me hours to respond.

There are many things I am waiting for answered prayers about: things like spiritual redemption in my family and job decisions for the future and finances to expand our house and timing for when to have another baby.…

On Saying No…

Every weekend, I reflect on the things I have gotten done during the week.

And the things I haven’t. 

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I always have a lot to celebrate. Fun things. Time with family and friends. Shopping trips. Good eats. House cleaned.

But I also usually have a lot to beat myself up about.…

Follow Me

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When Jesus rose from the grave, that wasn’t the end. He appeared to His disciples, and gave them a simple message: “Follow Me.” It wasn’t a message that the 11 hadn’t heard before. For some of them, these were the words Jesus used to draw them into His elite group.…

The Upside-Down Kingdom

Just imagine opening this morning’s newspaper and reading the title, “{Your best friend} plans the murder of {your name.} Go ahead. Say it out loud. Let it sink in… what it must have been like for Jesus to turn the page of history and see the title, “Judas Agrees to Betray Jesus.”…

More of Heaven

The strawberry heads fall one by one into the sink with a thump. I stare out the window in between slicing the red fruit to see the neighbor’s dog bounding across the grass on his way to who-knows-where. I feel strangely out of place… like maybe he has an advantage on me because he doesn’t mind not knowing where he is going.…

My High Tower

I have always coveted tree houses. I wasn’t really the climbing type, but if I had gotten my hands on a rope ladder or some steps, I would’ve been in business. It’s probably good I didn’t have one, because I would’ve bleached and Cloroxed those boards and walls to death trying to get rid of cobwebs.…

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