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    An Open Letter

    “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11 You and I have never met. There’s a good chance you’re not aware that I exist. But you changed my life, and I am eternally grateful.I can’t imagine what you felt when you learned you were going to be a mom again.

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    A Reason to Hope

    Why am I discouraged?Why is my heart so sad?I will put my hope in God!Psalm 42:11We have so many reasons to feel hopeless. To feel deep discouragement and a sad heart. The finalization of a divorce that wasn’t wanted, a devastating diagnosis for a friend’s new baby, a young girl who feels we’d be better off without her here on this earth, and the news that my father’s cancer has returned and he will begin radiation treatments next week.

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    Serenity

    God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference.I have this prayer sitting on a card in my room, and I glance at it almost every day. Sometimes, when I glance at it, it is very brief, and I don’t allow the words to sink in in any way, shape, or form. And then there are other times, where the words jump out at me and hit straight to the very depths of my heart.

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    Letting Go of the Planner

    Do you love new things? Do you like change? If you answered yes, we can’t be friends unless you are talking about new planners or new jeans.

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    EWYL Christmas Room

    For many of our Earn While You Learn families, Christmas can be a difficult time. So each year, clients are able to participate in the “Christmas Room” and pick out gifts for their children.If you would like to help, listed below are examples of items you can bring to Bridgehaven by Dec. 3:Ages 1-12 MonthsBaby blanketsWinter clothes & footwearBath toysBaby Einstein gamesTeething toysAges 1-3Baby dollsMega blocksMusical toysStuffed animals“V-tech” toysAges 4 - 5Action ...

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    Parenting Together

    You’ve probably heard the statistics. One in four children in the United States grow up in fatherless homes and are far more likely to live in poverty, face teenage pregnancy, drop out of high school, go to prison, abuse drugs - the list goes on. (You can check out https://www.fatherhood.org/fatherhood-data-statistics for more facts.) In 2012, Aid to Women realized that in order to successfully empower the lives of women and their children, men also needed to be engaged in family life.

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    Chasing "Normal"

    It’s the time of year mothers around the country are exhaling a collective sigh of relief. Summer is over and school is back in session. We are getting back into the swing of things with our schedules and disciplines.

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    Facing the Impossible

    Sometimes, we face seemingly impossible situations. We come face to face with something we didn’t plan for, we didn’t necessarily desire, or didn’t feel like we could handle. At times, our mind and heart take us through every emotion, and other times, we don’t feel anything at all.

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    Radical Love

    September 1, 2018.A day in my heart that symbolizes a harvest of love. The sealing ceremony of covenant between my brother and his bride. The celebrative and hope-filled agreement and future between two families.Can you not discern this new day of destiny breaking forth around you?

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    The Miracle of Shutting Up

    “Frankly, there isn’t anyone you couldn’t learn to love once you’ve heard their story.” – Andrew StantonSo much of my job is spent in a state of utter helplessness, because so much of my job is spent in conversation with people.  People are difficult.  Teenagers are difficult.

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    Adjust Your Sails

    We cannot direct the wind, but we can adjust our sails.I was always the crew. I’ve been the crew since I was about 5 or so years old and my Grandpa Rudy put me in a sailboat with Andi, my 7-year-old cousin. My illustrious sailing career started the moment the boom swept across the boat and promptly deposited me into the lake and my Coke-bottle glasses to the bottom of the lake.

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    Blessed Are Those Who Mourn

    Tuesday morning. I was not expecting the news, the result of weeks of praying and searching. I was not expecting the deep sadness that followed.

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    Navigating Difficult Conversations

    A couple weeks ago, the leadership team from Bridgehaven attended a simulcast of the Global Leadership Summit. We heard from some amazing speakers and leaders in our world today. The topics were thought-provoking and even convicting on a personal level.Sheila Heen is the author of a book called Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most. Throughout her session, she shared a lot of wonderful pieces to take into consideration when entering into a difficult conversation.

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    Finding Contentment

    Imagine with me. You see a little girl, possibly just six years old. She has long, blonde hair pulled into tight ringlets.

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    Dance Before the Lord

    Dance like no one is watching (even though the whole world is watching via Facebook, Twitter and Snapchat…)This is Havi. She is barely two. She has no idea that she has just danced before the world.

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    Dance for Life: Life's a gift. Let's celebrate!

    After six years, Bridgehaven is shaking things up and asking you to shake it up with us! Every fall in recent memory, Bridgehaven has hosted a run/walk to support our ministry of helping families in all circumstances surrounding pregnancy. During the 2016 event, we were simply celebrating the fact that while Cedar Rapids did experience some minor flooding, there was no damage to either the center or to Treasures, our quality resale shoppe.

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    High School Wishes

    I’m really not sure how I got to this point. When I say it feels like I was just dropping him off at kindergarten, I absolutely mean it. But here we are…..I am looking up at my strawberry blonde soon-to-be freshman wondering if he will behave in high school at all like his parents did and hoping that he is better than we were.

  • High School Wishes

    I’m really not sure how I got to this point. When I say it feels like I was just dropping him off at kindergarten, I absolutely mean it. But here we are…..I am looking up at my strawberry blonde soon-to-be freshman wondering if he will behave in high school at all like his parents did and hoping that he is better than we were.

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    Think About These Things

    Some mornings for me are harder than others. Some mornings, or should I say very few mornings, I wake up feeling energized and ready. But most times I argue with God about getting out of bed, and He lovingly reminds me of His mercy and the new things He will do that day.

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    Being Stretched

    As I was growing up, I always dreamed of being a teacher. Just like my mom. I saw and heard stories of how she impacted people’s lives every day, how she inspired youth, and how she was filled to the brim with passion for seeing others succeed.

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    School Supply Distribution 2018-2019

    For over a decade, a thoughtful and practical way of sharing and demonstrating love and care has been available to EWYL families through the back to school supply distribution.This annual event offers support, encouragement and provision in the lives of parents and children in the Earn While You Learn program at Bridgehaven. Client Support has been receiving school supplies that will support our active clients in the Earn While You Learn program.The goal and prayer for the back to school distrib...

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    Making Room: EWYL Men's Shopping

    Four years ago, Treasures moved from sharing space with Bridgehaven on Center Point Road to its current location on 8th Avenue. Client Support then moved into that space, allowing for more room to provide supplies for Earn While You Learn clients, including food, baby supplies, and women’s and children’s clothing. But there still wasn’t room for one important department: men’s clothing.To remedy this problem, Treasures joined forces with Client Support and now allows male EWYL clients to shop fo...

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    A Place for Volunteers

    When you walk into Treasures, there’s a few things that immediately grab your attention. The space is charming and inviting, and the items for sale are high-quality. But perhaps the one thing that really sets Treasures apart is the friendly team that welcomes you and makes sure you find what you’re looking for.What you may not realize is the vast majority of the Treasures team both on the sales floor and in the backroom is made up of volunteers.Many members of the volunteer team have...

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    Finding Treasure: Shop for Life

    Treasures exists as a revenue stream for Bridgehaven. So when you shop at Treasures, you “shop for life!”Treasures, located at 405 8th Avenue SE in Cedar Rapids next to Bill’s Brother’s Furniture, sells just about everything, from men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing, to kitchen items, to wall décor, to toys, to books, to small furniture—the list goes on! Treasures only puts high-quality items that have been gently-used on the sales floor...

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    I’m not enough (and neither are you)

    A couple weeks ago, my little girl walked up to a mannequin in the men’s department at Younkers, threw her arms around its legs, and smiled up at me.“Look! It’s my daddy! Is it my daddy?” she asked.

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    God is a baseball guy...

    If your summer is anything like mine, the tops of your legs are sunburned and you probably should have invested in stock for Fels-Naptha. For those of you who do not know what in the world I am talking about, you are most likely not a baseball mom. Baseball moms at all levels know about stain removal, packing coolers, and trying to outguess the weatherman.

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    A Father's Heart

    I highly doubt my husband and I are going to be awarded medals any time soon for our efforts in parenting. In fact, we are constantly learning what not to do and reflecting upon how we handled things and how we might “do better next time.” Yet, there are so many ways in which our Heavenly Father gives us an example of how to parent and love our children. As I recall a moment during our family vacation last week, I see the Lord’s graceful hand, but I’ve also been given ano...

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    The Picture On My Wall

    Yesterday morning in our staff prayer time at Bridgehaven, Rachel Pheasant, our Marketing Coordinator, shared a very touching and convicting blog she wrote a few years back about an experience she had during a trip to Rwanda. It sparked great conversation among our staff as we reflected on times where we too have very clearly known God was working through us because we couldn’t do it out of our own strength. I want to share this blog post with you and encourage you after reading it to spen...

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    Brave Parenting

    “For God is not a God of disorder but of peace…” – 1 Corinthians 14:33We recently held our first Empowerment Event in Client Support for all Earn While You Learn (EWYL) clients. “Brave Parenting: love them enough to do the hard things” was the topic and focus. The purpose of the Empowerment Event was to bring the entire EWYL program together for one week and present fresh, relative parenting strategies and courage to face the real dangers and issues kids and ...

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    The Battle for "Those Young People"

    Every few years this very old, very dear book, It’s Me, O Lord , wanders off my bookshelf and drops into my hands,  usually at a time when I need to be reminded not to take myself too seriously.  In one of her poems, “Too Old to Run,”  author Anne Springsteen writes:“Father, help me to get several things straight:I am not young anymore.(Move over-everything moves faster nowand there are others in the lead.)I am not in charge anymore.(Move over-you...

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    Be Strong and Courageous: Gala 2018

    Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid.Do not be discouraged for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go. –Joshua 1:9We did it.

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    Guest Blog: What A Mother Really Actually Wants

    I LOVE being a mom. From as far back as I can remember it was a dream of mine. To hold a little one in my arms, calm their fears and tears, watch them grow, the hugs, the kisses…all of it.

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    The Master Gardener

    Man. Don’t we all just get caught up from time to time in plans we create in our minds? Plans we create because we don’t think something is moving fast enough.

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    Joyful Honor

    "So joyfully welcome him in the Lord and make sure you honor such people highly." -Philippians 2:29Honor: admire, give special recognition, hold in high esteem, respect, privilege, fulfill or keep in agreement.Joy: a feeling of great happiness or pleasure.Hospitality: the friendly and generous reception and entertainment of guests, visitors, or strangers.Holy Spirit has a beautiful thread theme of honor, joy, and hospitality He has been showing and teaching me in relation to leadership...

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    I Choose Joy

    I know something about you.  Yes, you.Regardless of your marital status, age, ethnicity, gender, income, beliefs, height, or weight– I can tell you with certainty we have something big in common.  We both want to be happy.

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    He Equips the Called

    “The Lord doesn’t call the equipped – He equips the called.”Jacob was a liar, David was a murderer, Elijah was suicidal, Rahab was a prostitute, and Peter denied Christ. Despite their failures, wrongdoings, and flaws, they all aided God in different ways. So the question stands: Do you really think God can’t use you?I have felt useless before – as if I have nothing to possibly contribute to a greater cause.

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    Push Back with Hope!

    I consider myself a glass-half-full kind of gal. But I will tell ya’, there are things of this world that really get me down or bring me to a dark place of discouragement and hopelessness. As I write this, I am attending the MLK50 Conference streaming live from Memphis, TN.

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    Have Mercy on Me

    “What are you willing to give me if I hand him over to you?” (Matthew 26:15)For the times I handed You over, Lord, for popularity and acceptance, have mercy on me.For the times I handed You over, Lord, for comfort and ease, have mercy on me.For the times I handed You over, Lord, for my own desires over yours, have mercy on me.For the times I handed You over, Lord, for time to idly waste, have mercy on me.For the times I handed You over, Lord, for not rocking the boat and looking the ...

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    Come to the Table

    Easter is such an amazing and anointed time to testify the goodness and consuming love of Jesus, the victory of the cross, the gift of forgiveness, the tearing of the veil, and friendship accessibility we have with our Redeemer!May we make and take opportunities to uplift others who may not know Jesus, His Resurrection Life that is still powerful and alive today, and those who simply need fresh encouragement. May we take this opportunity to demonstrate Christ’s love by welcoming other...

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    Peer-to-Peer Mentors: Where Are They Now

    …That time when I took eight high school students to Washington, D.C. for a week to lobby for sexual health education on Capitol Hill!This little gem popped up on my Facebook memories feed and brought back some great memories.  In 2009, I was privileged to take a group of eight high school students who were serving Bridgehaven as peer-to-peer mentors to Washington DC where we mingled and lobbied our legislators about the importance of sexual risk avoidance (SRA) education.

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    Pants

    I called her Pants.  She called herself Cool Aunt Nancy.  Others called her sister, friend and mom.

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    What’s Your Wilderness?

    As the Israelites journeyed through the wilderness in the book of Exodus, there’s this constant cycle and theme of God’s provision, a restlessness from the Israelites leading to grumbling, fear, and self-reliance. God hears their grumbling and again provides, but again and again the Israelites fall into the same trap of grumbling fear and self-reliance as they focus on their pain and suffering.I find it hypocritical that I laugh at the Israelites’ craziness because I can so rel...

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    Learning To Be Vulnerable

    “Every time we are introduced to someone new, try to be creative or start a difficult conversation, we take a risk. We feel uncertain and exposed. We feel vulnerable.

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    Focus: Church Engagement and Kingdom Building

    At the 2015 Care Net conference, Roland Warren, President of Care Net, shared with us and other pregnancy support centers from around the country that God had given him a vision. That vision was to see pregnancy support centers re-evaluate and incorporate a mind and heart to work to the next level of ministry to build up of the Bride of Christ through effective evangelism, discipleship, and connecting our clients to local churches and faith communities.Since 2015, Client Support has focused on c...

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    An Open Letter

    To the girl facing an unplanned pregnancy:The last thing I wanted was to be pregnant. As I sat in the counseling room at Bridgehaven, I had no idea what was in store for my future. All I knew was I was alone.

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    He Knows My Name

    To him the gatekeeper opens. The sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. John 10:3.Over the holidays, we were delighted to spend some time in Indianapolis with five of our six grandchildren.

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    Mission Possible

    What is it about the end of a year that makes you reevaluate your entire life? The calendar will simply say a different year next week and nothing else in my world will be different but for some reason, I am thinking crazy thoughts about what I have accomplished during my 42 years on Earth. Maybe you are simply wondering if you should once again have a New Year’s Resolution about losing weight…that would probably be more normal.

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    This Christmas

    I’m sad this Christmas. There, I said it. I thought, that as the season came upon us, I was more prepared this year for the precious gift of Christmas than any other year.

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    Who do you trust?

    Think of someone in your life who you trust…like, really trust. Is there someone who makes you feel completely safe and secure? Could you call them in the middle of the night and they would be right there to listen?

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    They Are Worth It

    November has been a blur of activity in the Prevention Department! This month alone, we have presented more than 120 unique lessons with one common mission: promoting sexual integrity as a means to achieve the safest, healthiest life outcome possible.And you know what? Sometimes it’s a difficult job.

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    Letting Go of Anger

    Here’s a fun topic…ANGER. Who wants to talk about that? I do!

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    #thankful

    And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. 2 Corinthians 9:8I am all about a good hashtag. I mean, I loooove clever hashtags and support the overuse of them much to my son’s dismay.

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    Earn While You Learn: Class Update

    Our Earn While You Learn class topics and desires continue to be focused on empowering families with truth, knowledge, emotional and spiritual support that point to the love and knowledge of Jesus. Our four foundational areas of growth are: parenting and family classes, relationship building, life skills and spiritual growth. How encouraging and rewarding that we are able to offer clients support that enrich and transform their lives!Our exciting and abundant fall class line-up include several f...

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    The Cost of a Click

    People at work have started calling me the “porn queen.” I’m considering adding the title to my resume just as a conversation piece. How did I earn this title, one might ask? When the topic of pornography comes up (and it often does in my line of work), I have no choice but to shift into educator mode and drop some knowledge.

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    Prevention Services: A Moving Target

    If you ask Trisha Sellers, Director of Prevention, to describe what they do, the first thing she’ll tell you is, “It’s a moving target.” This is why she and her team use the target visual (right) to help describe what they do.Trisha and Prevention Assistant, Kelli Hansen, as Sexual Risk Avoidance (SRA) Specialists, reach the vast majority of students with their Sexual Risk Avoidance message in area middle and high schools. Certified in the REAL ESSENTIALS curriculum, they...

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    Drop-off Lane

    God is good. He wants His best for me. The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.

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    I Will Not Give in to Fear

    Our son went through a phase of night terrors and they were like nothing I’ve ever experienced; I felt helpless. The one thing that would begin to get through to him was speaking the name of Jesus. Once I moved past the fear of what was happening in front of me and spoke the name of Jesus, calm and love entered in.

  • Carolyn’s Story

    “I call Him the Risen King because He is alive!” – Carolyn.I have the privilege of knowing Carolyn for 7 months now, she is a part of the Earn While You Learnprogram at Bridgehaven. Carolyn is a single mother of 3 children and a lover of Jesus! Carolyn experienced a life-threatening situation this summer; she clearly understands and communicates she is alive and well because of God’s faithfulness.

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    In Her Shoes

    As we are rapidly approaching Bridgehaven’s In Her Shoes 5k Run/Walk, on Saturday, September 30th, I am reflecting on the whole idea behind the title of this walk. Our clients’ faces, stories, and circumstances come to my mind, and I am incredibly humbled by what it means to really walk in her shoes.When I think about the start of the route we will be traveling on, I can see in my mind on our clients who so bravely walk through our doors every day to start the beginning of ...

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    Bridgehaven remodels to improve client experience and prepare for growth

    On Tuesday, March 29, Bridgehaven Pregnancy Support Center is holding an Open House from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for the public to tour its remodeled building at 701 Center Point Road NE in Cedar Rapids.

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