Stories of Our Iron Butterflies

Strong Woman Hiding

By Terri Ray Going from being a strong woman hiding behind fears to being empowered by grace in strength is like moving from invisible to being transparent. Your fears keep you hidden, but recognition of yourself makes you visible to the world. The subject of this...

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Looking for the God Thing

Terri Ray's second story is a brief interview about how she maintained the power, strength and flexibility it took to be an award winning Hollywood stunt woman.  She shares how she's experiencing a new version of what power, strength and flexibility really...

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Victory Over Cancer

By Verlie McAlister Edwards September 2019 was an extra special month for my family. My cousin, Barbara Sneary, completed 12 months of chemotherapy and “rang the bell!!” If you aren’t familiar with this tradition, it’s when cancer patients “ring the bell” following...

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Veteran’s Day: No Guts No Glory

by Rhonda Loftis A week after my 18th birthday I was on my way to Recruit Training Command Orlando, Florida for eight weeks of boot camp. The good news was that I enlisted with one of my very best friends from high school, which, no doubt, made life so much easier....

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Remembering Hurricane Harvey

by Eileen KilchristAugust 27, 2017 is a date that will always be remembered.My husband Joe and I struggled with Hurricane Harvey and 60 plus inches of rain that flooded 70% of the homes and businesses in Houston, Texas. Now, those memories are yet again flooding our...

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Hiking in the Foothills

by Tricia StephensTen winters ago, I moved with my family into the foothills of the Rockies west of Denver, Colorado. Previously I had lived my entire life, over fifty years, in Texas in the Dallas/Fort Worth area, so moving to the mountains everything was visually...

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When Stupidity Reigned Supreme

by Verlie Edwards Changing the filter in your air conditioning unit is a simple task, right? I’ve done it so many times I should be able to do it in my sleep. Well, apparently, I was sleeping when I tackled this easy job on a recent summer evening. I must confess no...

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The Unplanned “Normal”

By Christie Oates Life is seldom what is portrayed in magazines, Pinterest and Facebook. Pregnancy is not always a quick push and 7 hours later you look like your ready for a romantic date night with your hubby. Things happen, and we are surrounded by disillusion...

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Life is Full of Ups and Downs

by Kay Lynn Means DarlingLife is so full of ups and downs, but most have lessons to be learned or knowledge to be stored. More times than not at this stage of my life it has become easier to accept change because I realize our Father in Heaven is graciously guiding my...

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Making Art Can Be Healing

by Margo McCarthy At the deepest level, the creative process and the healing process arise from a single source. When you are an artist, you are a healer; a wordless trust of the same mystery is the foundation of your work and its integrity.  Rachel Naomi Remen, MD  I...

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Gratitude is the Heart’s Memory

By Mary Groenewoud Hale I have fond memories of my iron butterfly grandmother, Cornelia Lievense Groenewoud, sitting in her chair knitting.  She was always doing something with her hands: knitting, crocheting, darning socks, or sewing.  She even made the men in our...

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The Stranger in our Home

By Caroline Kessler SalcedoOn July 19, 2018, my husband and I met a stranger and invited her to live with us. To be honest, she wasn’t the best roommate at first. She stayed up all night, was very loud and never cleaned up after herself. She left her stuff all over...

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Loving Jaxon

By Rachel FriendI don’t know if I can fully express the range of emotions I went through once I discovered my son had “special needs.” Specifically, a rare genetic disorder that would be the reason for his global developmental delays. Our journey began after we took...

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How One Health Industry Guru Finally Healed her Body

By Jessica EhrlichI have suffered from some sort of health issue or ailment for most of my life. I’ve been actively searching for answers for the last 20 years… To no avail until now.Fatigue, IBS, eczema, brain fog, and borderline hypothyroidism have almost completely...

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