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Nicole Unice

Telling the whole story

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I never wanted to be a counselor.  My younger self was drawn to “big things”, purposeful things, things that take strategy and action plans and big steps. But in the way life often happen, I ended up with a counseling degree and an office with a big couch and a fluffy chair and a soothing paint color, spending hours doing the work that was quiet, hidden away and almost never felt…

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Your One Thing

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Once upon a time, I was pregnant for what must have been decades. The first two were less than two years apart, and then we gave it a little time but still managed to spend a year with three kids under five. Three kids under five might not seem like a lot, but it’s enough to have people stare at you in the grocery store, to raise a ruckus in the fast…

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Disappointment

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dis·ap·point·ment ˌdisəˈpointmənt/ noun the feeling of sadness or displeasure caused by the nonfulfillment of one’s hopes or expectations. I hate disappointment. You may think, sure, everyone hates disappointment, but I hate it-hate it. I think “nonfulfillment of one’s hopes” might just be one of the worst realities of the human condition. I’ve struggled with disappointment my whole life. When I was in my twenties, I remember a poignant conversation with…

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When Wonder Finds You

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This is a story about finding wonder, and losing it, and finding it again. This story takes place in an unlikely place (a golf course) at an unlikely time (mid-morning on a Monday). It was early spring, and a neighbor had just tipped me off that the course is closed on Monday, and the grounds crew looks the other way if you decide to run on those beautiful cart paths, and so…

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They Say The World Is Round

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They say the world is round. But I think it has sharp edges. I walk out of my door and I see new life bursting forth in glorious array, dogwoods and birds, tulips and caterpillars. All of creation sings of his glory. But through another door in another part of the world is a baby girl in an airport terminal, bloodied, crying over her mama. (Video here; hard to watch…

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Fullness.

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(Thanks to Nicki Metcalf photography for capturing this moment–God is so good, and I am overwhelmed by the way he moved at un/defined. What a joy.) This is a full season. I have known “full” before–with busyness, with young children, with impending changes. But this feels like a new kind of full–a deep passion to bring scripture to you, to let God’s word alone do its work in your soul….

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Full Life.

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She hurries along the well-beaten path, shielding her face from the sharp rays of the sun. Many have walked these steps—earlier this morning and for generations before, seeking the water so necessary for every part of life. The family tree has splintered, but the roots stay connected here at Jacob’s well. In the stories she knows, wells always hold promise—where Isaac and Rebekah’s love story began, where Jacob first loved…

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Running in the Dark

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This morning I dragged myself out of bed to run. And by run, I mean stagger through the dark and call it exercise. It was soupy-fog-dark, a dark that made even my feet feel far away, swallowing the dim beam of my flashlight before it ever had a chance to shine. Faith is running in the dark. It’s putting one foot in front of the other even when you can…

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A Morning Rescue Prayer

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Father, be kind to me for I am not good at being kind to myself  Father, be near to me I’ve wandered so far and cannot find my way home  Father, be strong for me for I’ve carried burdens too heavy for my heart  Father, be real to me I’ve fashioned a mirage of impressions and smoke  Father, show love to me for I need more than doctrine to know I’m alive …

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Because You’ll Be Changed

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It’s been a hectic season, my friends. I’ve shared some bits with you and your response has been overwhelming, just dripping with so much love and grace that I haven’t been able to respond back to all of it. The sweet notes, emails, texts, gifts, cards in my office. (who knew Hallmark made a card for ordination? I got at least six of them…). I am just overcome with it…

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