I Smile

November 30, 2015  |     |   General

     I was having a discussion with a guest at the Lydia House the other day, and this question came up: “Ms. Jessica, how can you smile and be so happy when life is so hard, sad,...

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‘Tis the Season!

November 25, 2015  |     |   General

     It is the Holiday Season.  With the holidays right around the corner,  this is a very busy time for Open Door Mission.  There are decorations to be hung, special pro...

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Notes From the Thankful Box

November 24, 2015  |     |   General

     It took me a while to gather up the Thankful Box notes last week.  I am pleased to report that they have multiplied dramatically!  Here are two entire notes that I found ...

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My Favorite Mission Memory

November 20, 2015  |     |   General

     Open Door Mission has been celebrating our birthday during the whole month of November.  From Open Door Mission Day on November 1, to an all-staff purple out, to last night’...

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The Tale of the Same Birthday

November 17, 2015  |     |   General

     Last week, as I was helping a guest fill out her Adopt A Guest Christmas form, I realized that we have the same birthdate, different years.  When I pointed it out to her, she ...

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Humbled…Part 2

November 16, 2015  |     |   General

     The next stop for the morning was at Hy-Vee to pick up the 22 boutonnieres and three sheet cakes for Graduation.  At the floral department, I waited patiently, and was greeted...

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Humbled…Part 1

November 13, 2015  |     |   General

22 Graduates wearing those 22 caps and gowns.      I wish I could bottle up the emotions I felt while attending Graduation.  I truly believe that as each day ticks by, we miss prec...

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Holiday Hope

November 12, 2015  |     |   General

     MMM…the smell of turkey or ham baking fills the house, a variety of favorite side dishes wait for their time in the oven, and the tempting pies cool down in time for dessert. &nb...

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Being Jesus With Skin On

November 9, 2015  |     |   General

     I pray that we as Christians always remember to be the hands and feet of Jesus.     As I was driving home from work the other day, I saw on the other side of the roa...

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Purple Out

November 6, 2015  |     |   General

     In case you missed it, November 1, 2015 was officially Open Door Mission Day.  Facebook pictures were purpled out, Chick Fil A handed out free chicken sandwiches in exchange f...

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