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By Valerie Brandt
I was born and raised a farm girl in rural Minnesota where I met and married the adoration of my lifetime! Our family currently lives in a rural community in Iowa where we frequently trade stories with the family \x34back home\x34 of the likeness ...
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I was born and raised a farm girl in rural Minnesota where I met and married the adoration of my lifetime! Our family currently lives in a rural community in Iowa where we frequently trade stories with the family \x34back home\x34 of the likeness and differences of the slower life from one state to the next. My husband and I own our own business where we provide for our three growing daughters who are the light of our world. Writing has always been an outlet for me, starting a diary as young as 4th grade and continuing for each of my daughters currently. Writing clears my mind and my heart of things that I would rather say but don't (due to my impeccable manners) or did say and wished I hadn't (sometimes those manners fail). I am clearly outspoken and am working on being filled with grace and compassion. In my spare time my family and I enjoy reading, biking and cooking. We do NOT enjoy cold snowy weather.
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By Valerie Brandt
Sept. 15, 2013 8:33 p.m.



This weekend I paid to be uncomfortable.  I travelled less than 100 miles to sleep on the floor of a building, eat with homeless men and women, play with refugee children from Burma, paint an office building, deliver blankets to the needy and worship in the midst of it all.  It was an amazing experience called Urban Plunge.  You can check out their website at: www.urbanplunge.com and see for yourself the most awesome short-term-close-to-home-out-of-your-comfort-zone experience.

 

It was amazing to step into the hearts and soul of our nearest city and see the needs.  Some we were able to meet, some we were just observing.

 

It reminds us that being uncomfortable makes us feel....well, uncomfortable.  We strive to keep ourselves comfortable and stable and that makes our lives neat and tidy.  But real life isn't neat and tidy.  It is messy, it is broken, it is ugly and stubborn and mean and beautiful and lovely and hope-filled all at the same time.  I don't want to be comfortable, happy, and selfish.  I want to be useful and worship-filled.

Check it out, you won't regret it.

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