Recent Posts by Stephanie Lefler

You Don’t Have to be a Jesus Freak to go on a Mission Trip

I came from a very stoic family environment. Sure, we loved each other: from afar for the most part. Have you ever had someone give you an air hug? You know, the kind of hug that displays comfort, support, and caring without having to actually touch each other? That's the kind of hugs I have always been comfortable with. Come…
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Mission Trips…Scary but Necessary

It had been a pleasantly manageable shift that afternoon in the Emergency Room. I was in charge and was finally enjoying a charge shift that didn't include multiple calls to co-workers at home begging them to come in and help for a few hours while simultaneously trying to keep everyone in the department from throwing up their hands and abandoning ship.…
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Change the World…One Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich at a Time

My husband and I both grew up on opposite ends of the state, but both lived near train tracks. I remember laying in my bed at night and hearing in the far distance trains passing through our little northern Indiana town. I never knew the individuals that rode on those trains, and I never thought…
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I Ain’t Got No Time to go on a Mission Trip!

I've been on both sides of this situation in many ways. There are so many things you would like to do in your life, and you often wish that your circumstances were different but you feel trapped. You're a victim of societal expectations which include prioritizing your career to just about the same level as…
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Keeping Your Teen Safe…Without Using a Leash

Reluctantly, I admit, I was one of those moms that tried the leash, for one day, in the mall.  It didn't work. They were just like dogs constantly getting hung up on each other and wrapping themselves around obstacles. Now that they are teenagers, I wish I could try the leash thing out again. As…
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Top 10 Excuses YOU Can Choose From to Avoid Going on a Mission Trip

When we are fulfilled, we are happy, right? The question really dwells in our own definition of fulfillment. Some people never find it even in several spouses and divorces later, career changes, and wavering faith. Some pretend and convince themselves that they have found it, but they know differently in the quiet and darkness of a sleepless night. And, honestly,…
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