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  1. Michelle,
    Wow, you have all the ethnicities and nationalities covered….German Literature? Intriguing choice given your background. Hast Du gut geschlafen? My guess is no – given all you have going on and littles under foot lol! When I was in your stage of the game, getting a shower was a major accomplishment. I wholeheartedly agree that we need to build bridges and fear keeps us from doing that. Since starting Redeemer Christian Foundaion, Inc. and working with the persecuted Christians in Pakistan, I have a whole new respect for their culture. There faith has been the iron that has sharpened my faith. Oh, that we would all step outside our little bubbles and embrace brothers and sisters of other cultures, but the same Father. Welcome and I look forward to reading more of your posts!!

    Sarah,
    I totally applaud you for your bravery in stepping out and speaking openly and honestly about dysfunction in families and also about mental illness. This is one of my passions – that we, together, can erase the stigma that comes with even talking about mental illness. So many suffer in silence and the more we talk, the more people feel not so alone in their struggle. Your posts, from a point of pain, really speak to your readers – including me!! You also give hope which is so needed! I lived in Lancaster, PA for eight years and loved living among the Amish community. Each Saturday, I loved hearing the clip clop of the horse drawn buggy coming up the hill to bring eggs and fresh bread to my door. There’s usually not a lot of interaction with the Amish, but I was blessed to be let in to their culture a bit. I have enjoyed your writing from the beginning and you have been a member of the team that I can really relate to.

    God bless you both, and I’ll take in your videos today….just wanted to say “Good morning and thank you!”
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  2. Michelle,
    Diversity is so needed in the church today. So many of us go to church with people of our culture. We don’t venture into other cultures. A lot don’t want others in their midst. They don’t want to blend differing cultures in their lives. We need to be loving to everyone just like Jesus. I wish everyone would go outside their comfort zones & interact with other faiths & cultures. We might learn a thing or two. Your children are blessed to be living multi cultural lives. They will embrace other cultures easily & love on them as you both do. As for athletic clothes I’m all in. On some days off I often stay in jogging pants & sweats all day. Time to be comfy & enjoy a few minutes. Love tea & cooking. I can drink all types of black tea. No coffee here! Welcome to In Courage. I’m glad you’re here spreading some diversity to us. I’m with you on large hoodies, dark chocolate anything & long baths just soaking the day away.

    Sara Mae,

    I have followed you on In Courage for many years. I praise you for talking about such hard topics. Psychic, & dysfunction with Christians & in their families. No one wants to discuss those issues & some even dismiss them. They use platitudes like pray more, have more faith, etc. & then it will go away. People do have psych issues & all those sayings/judgments won’t help heal the person. We need to get that discussion going in Christian circles. Everyone needs to know that you’re ok & not suffer in silence. I wish we could erase the stigma that there is something wrong with the person who has psych/family dysfunction issues. Your writing helps others to take the mask off & quit pretending all is well. Keep on writing books, posts, & doing podcasts. They are speaking to a large number of fellow Christians. They need to know how you survived & got through tough times. Blessings on the Bible study coming in June!

    Blessings 🙂

  3. Michelle, may your endeavor to unite us–no matter our racial background–reap huge benefit among us. I’m imagining the ripple effect as we reach out to one another and begin to build relationships. Then I’m imagining the impact on observers who witness our unity, joy in one another’s company, and true love for each other. And all because you are living out the passion God gave you! God speed, Michelle!

    Sarah Mae, praise God for the miracle of your life! Your Bible studies will surely impact many people who’ve also been wounded by dysfunctional relationships. May your efforts bring healing and freedom! From you also, I’m imagining a glorious ripple effect that will benefit many more beyond your personal connections.

    Praise God for the both of you!