4 Ways to Transform a Difficult Back-to-School Season

The close of Summer peeks over the horizon. As sunny, salty days begin to conclude, a hint of Fall is in the air… A new school year is near. Overnight, stores begin to overrun with school sales. Advertising everywhere entices us to purchase of kids clothing and school supplies. Church pulpits communicate prayerful messages for […]

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Dallas Theological Seminary Podcast on Infertility

I recently had the privilege to appear on Dallas Theological Seminary’s The Table Podcast talking about infertility. Grateful for the conversation and hopeful it will be helpful to you. Thanks for tuning in! Watch Video on YouTube

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Mother’s Day Mission: Include Others in Your Infertility

My dear sisters in infertility: This is such a difficult season and time of year, isn’t it? The emotional days leading up to Mother’s Day… Pain Dread Anticipation (not the joyful kind) Avoidance Guardedness…from family, friends, community, church members I KNOW this pain. (https://drjulieshannon.com/ten-years-life/) I experienced many years of active infertility and three miscarriages – […]

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The Final Salute: An Act of Unity

The last few years, we Americans have been in the thick of a great divide, a magnitude of cultural upheaval like I’ve never seen. There seems to be little to bring us together. It feels like we have lost any sense of common ground or basic respect for one another. Left against Right. Blue vs. […]

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A Yolk of Reality

The last several months I’ve seen an increase in stories encouraging women to freeze their eggs to ensure future fertility and give them freedom in their current years with the unspoken understanding that any challenges will be solved by science years down the road. My own story of infertility led me to a great passion […]

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Learning to Break

In the western culture of America, Spring Break comes around each year, usually in March. For most, it signals vacation time celebrating the entrance to spring and warmer weather. No matter the age or season in life, we all need a spring break. Spring offers a time of renewal as we exit the dormancy of […]

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A Daffy Valentine

Perennial Hope Every spring, the daffodils (or daffys, as a New Zealand friend calls them) astound me. They return each year to greet me with their sunny dispositions. First, their green shoots peek through the grey, sleepy soil. The glimpse of green is always an unexpected sign of hope in the midst of a chilly, […]

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Make 2017 An Eggstraordinary Year

Encouragement “Give me eight hours of your time. In four lessons I promise you will learn to draw.” I have to admit I laughed uncomfortably. Even quietly scoffed a bit. You see, I’ve spent a lifetime secretly envying my siblings’ abilities to sketch and paint. In years past, the best I’ve been able to draw is […]

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