Spiritual Direction
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by Anna Haugen
2d ago
Today I took a walk near Minnehaha Falls. As I watched the water make its way over rocks and fallen tree branches, under bridges and around bends, gradually making its way downstream and out into the mighty Mississippi River, I thought about how the course of the stream is like life. Our spiritual lives sometimes... read more ..read more
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My Words of the Year
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by Anna Haugen
4M ago
I posted on Facebook asking people to share their word of the year and was surprised how many of you already had a word in mind on December 31st. I thought I’d share how I came to my words – yes, I have 2 words for the year. I made a list of a whole... read more ..read more
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A Complicated Christmas
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by Anna Haugen
5M ago
      A parable about loss, time, and chance The skating rink on the corner of Prospect and Main was bustling with families, couples, and students from the nearby college decked out in Christmas sweaters and Santa hats.  A group of carolers dressed like elves sang “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” next to the coffee and... read more ..read more
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What’s Your Hospitality Hang-up?
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by Anna Haugen
6M ago
Excuses We Tell Ourselves to Avoid Having Company Over My Pastor, Eric, at Summit Church has been encouraging us to invite people over for a meal or coffee. Hospitality has as always been something I’m excited about, so I’ve been asking myself, “Why do I so rarely invite people over?” What are the excuses I... read more ..read more
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My Love For You
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by Anna Haugen
6M ago
My love for you is not dependent on your good grades, how you look, how much you weigh, or what you wear  My love for you is not dependent on which friends you keep, who you date, or whether you graduate My love for you is not dependent on your gender identity, your sexual orientation, the... read more ..read more
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The Power of Positive Words
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by Anna Haugen
8M ago
When was the last time someone told you that your work mattered and you were making a difference? How did those words feel? My business coach, Amy Elmore, sent me a voicemail this week that was so genuine and encouraging that I listened to it multiple times with a huge grin on my face. She... read more ..read more
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50 Things Before I Turn 50
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by Anna Haugen
9M ago
I just finished reading a book called How Do You Like Your Eggs? by Autumn Lynne. It’s a book for those of us who have trouble making decisions and knowing what we want. It’s a part memoir, part self-help book. The author provides exercises and journal prompts for readers who are feeling stuck in life.... read more ..read more
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Let Go Say No Go Slow
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by Anna Haugen
11M ago
This phrase is one that Mark shared with me years ago, and I keep going back to it because it feels like it has become a good mantra for life. “Let go, say no, go slow” Letting go doesn’t mean giving up hope or quitting. It means realizing that there are things that are beyond... read more ..read more
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A 23 year old Lie that I Chose to Believe
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by Anna Haugen
11M ago
I’m going to tell you about a little lie that has been playing on repeat in my head for 23 years. Today, I finally recognized it for what it was and said, “I don’t believe it!” I went to college for Elementary Education and as part of the program, I had to do a number... read more ..read more
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Moving into a new Neighborhood
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by Anna Haugen
11M ago
John 1:14 says “The Word became flesh and dwelt among us.” In the message translation it says “The Word became flesh and moved into the neighborhood.” We just moved into the Summit Hill neighborhood of St Paul. This is one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in the city. Many of the homes are valued at over... read more ..read more
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