Brenda blogs weekly on life, faith, and parenting beyond the storybook image here at Life Beyond the Picket Fence Blog and podcast. Don’t miss a message. Join her and the not-so-perfect community by subscribing at Life Beyond the Picket Fence.

A Dirty Kitchen Floor

I was on my hands and knees scrubbing her floor. I had just finished washing dishes that had been piled up for days. The placed reeked as a I moved dishes around so I could clean the sink in order to get the job done. "This isn't what they taught in grad school," I...

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Jesus with Skin On

Through the years, community has meant different things to me. I live in the community in which I was raised. There’s safety and familiarity in knowing those around you, in others knowing where you’ve been and to whom you belong. I experienced community when my child...

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6 Principles When People Fail You

6 Principles When People Fail You

People will fail you, but God never will. I said this to a friend when she sought my advice. I feared I would fail her because I knew my limitations, and she had already been betrayed and disappointment by so many people. I knew if she sought God over me, He wouldn't...

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The Legacy of Being Real

The Legacy of Being Real

There's a story called The Velveteen Rabbit.  It's about a stuffed animal that was drug around by a Boy during the magical moments of childhood, through sickness and fear.   What is Real? the Velveteen Rabbit asked the old, wise Horse in the nursery. Being real, the...

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7 Steps to Deal with Anger

7 Steps to Deal with Anger

Anger is an emotion I've struggled with over my lifetime. As a child, I got angry when I didn't feel heard, when I felt no one took me seriously, or when my feelings weren't validated. As the youngest, the way I got my voice heard was when I yelled or said outrageous...

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