Ginger Hughes’ Blog

The Heart of Valentine’s Day

The Heart of Valentine’s Day

By: Ginger Hughes Before there were chocolates in red, heart-shaped boxes and sugared candies that say “Be Mine.” Before there were fancy dinners at steakhouses and expensive gifts of jewels and fine metals. Before all of the pomp and circumstance of Valentine’s Day,...

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Rain For The Soul

Rain For The Soul

By: Ginger Hughes The skies gloomy and gray, bestow a slow and steady rain this day. It’s comforting really.  That sound, so soft, as the raindrops land gently on the ground.  The leaves on the trees do a little dance as drops land and cascade down their green...

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Making Our Moments Count

Making Our Moments Count

By: Ginger Hughes As a mom, there have been moments where I truly wanted to stop time.  Moments so special and so sacred, I didn’t want them to end. Moments where the slight weight of my newborn daughter was cradled in my arms and the moonlight drifted through the...

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What Difference Does Faith Make?

What Difference Does Faith Make?

By: Ginger Hughes Organ music fills the sanctuary as voices join together singing, “Silent Night, Holy Night.”  Prayers are prayed, and scripture is read.  Those familiar verses from Luke detail the most sacred of stories—Jesus’ birth.  The lights are dimmed, and the...

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Longing For Peace

Longing For Peace

By: Ginger Hughes [Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, a poet and educator, wrote a poignant poem in 1863, entitled “Christmas Bells.”  I’ll be sharing excerpts from his poem.] “I heard the bells on Christmas day, Their old, familiar carols play, And wild and sweet The words...

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Answering The Call For Help

Answering The Call For Help

By: Ginger Hughes The sun’s warmth, combined with the gentlest of breezes, made for a perfect day to be outdoors.  We shimmied our way between young and old alike to find the best spot for bear watching.  We were visiting a national park that has created space for a...

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Is My Example Worth Following?

Is My Example Worth Following?

By: Ginger Hughes Short little legs, with a red rope dragging in the dirt behind them, trailed behind a pair of much longer ones. We were on my Dad’s farm - my youngest’s favorite place to be. And he was with his Papa – one of his favorite people to be with. This...

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Bent or Beautiful

Bent or Beautiful

By: Ginger Hughes Recently, my children came bounding in from school with their dad following a few steps behind.  Little hands clutched book bags, rain jackets (that we prefer to hold rather than wear), and a few unidentifiable art projects. Crushed amongst this...

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To Those Overlooked By The Church

To Those Overlooked By The Church

By Ginger Hughes To those overlooked by the church, I see you. You look at this towering, stately building, standing proudly on the corner and feel nothing but cold, intimidation settle around your shoulders. I understand that sentiment. I remember you. You came here...

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Light Shines In The Darkness

By Ginger Hughes As evening fell, my husband sat with our two-year-old in the middle of his bedroom floor, reading books before bedtime. A small lamp offered a soft glow in the otherwise dark room. Closing the last book, they stood up, and my husband walked over to...

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