The Stories

  • What She's Capable Of

    I received my Courage Key as part of my membership in MOPS. I gifted my key to a friend from my son's preschool. Like most of us, she has a lot on her plate. Her father is battling dementia and my friend balances the role of caregiver for him and for her two young children. In addition, she has undiagnosed health issues herself requiring frequent doctor appointments, lab work, etc with no answer as to why her previously healthy body is failing. When I ask her how things are going, she's quick to turn the conversation back onto me or...

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  • The Honor Of Giving

    A few months ago I went to see John Mark McMillan & Brady Toops play a show in my hometown, Pensacola. As I'm checking out the merchandise I notice that Brady was selling some of the giving keys. I've always wanted one, but the timing was never right. Him & I talked for a moment, & I finally chose the appropriate word for which I needed to be reminded of. That word being MERCY. I've had a rough past involving a great amount of depression & anxiety, in which lead me to alcohol. After many years of allowing alcohol to...

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  • Have Faith In Yourself

    I received the “faith” necklace from a friend about two years ago. It has been with me through the absolute craziest time in my life and has served as a constant reminder to me of faith's power and capability. I believe faith is one of the reasons I am alive today. Faith goes beyond religion. Faith is a type of desire and hope. It’s a lot like meditation-a type of very concentrated mental focus with passionate emotion directed towards a concept or situation that somehow allows miracles to happen. I've seen such a miracle in the home of one of...

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  • Continuing To Be Strong

    After going through a second divorce I felt like I was alone in the loss and sense of failure. I chose to be open about my pain and my journey and recently a friend shared with me that she was choosing to end an almost 20 year marriage. She was able to be open, honest, and real with me because she knew that I understood. As much as I would sometimes like to erase the feelings I felt, I know that my experience has allowed me to be that "someone like me" to her. I understand the journey she will...

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  • Believe In Your Dreams

    I recently gave the double imprinted key to my daughter. It was Dream on one side, and Believe on the other. My hope is that she dreams big and believes enough in herself to make her dreams come true.

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