Meghan Tschanz

God’s Promise

God’s Promise

I currently live in a small, pink, three bedroom house with 29 women and children. It’s crowded, I sleep on the floor and I usually get woken up at 6 am with the giggles and talking of women, followed by a 1-year-old boy who likes to run around screaming with my belongings in his hands. As I begin to open my eyes in the wee hours of the morning, the women who were talking and giggling in the corne...

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To be like a Poppy

To be like a Poppy

“Take your vitaminas” was probably the most common phrase I remember coming out of my grandfather’s bearded mouth. “Vitaminas” instead of “vitamins” because he spent a good portion of his life pioneering geology in South America with his young family. I remember sitting around listening to my family tell stories of the crazy things he did, like stealing his jeep back from Colombian drug lords. He ...

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How to be Brave

How to be Brave

Courage is the word on the tongue of God, almost like he is whispering it in our ears and suddenly we find ourselves emboldened with our hearts pounding and our tongues tied doing something we never thought we could do. I used to think courage had a lot more to do with big physical actions, like jumping off planes or climbing mountains. But that definition pales in comparison to the true meaning o...

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Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day

I love mothers and I love Mother’s day. Especially because most of the millions of things mothers do out of love go unnoticed, slipping by without a thanks or an acknowledgement. But on one magical Sunday in May all of that changes and people remember everything that their moms have done for them, the millions of diapers, the countless sacrifices and all of the love they showed, no matter what. I’...

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The Lie We All Believe

The Lie We All Believe

He walked her to the bar and she did the talking. He was about 55, white, slightly overweight and even from a distance I could tell he was unsure of himself. She appeared the opposite, young, Thai, beautiful, confident and doting on the older man, wiping his face with a cloth to catch the perspiration from his face. Couples like this are everywhere in Thailand and seeing them used to turn my sight...

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Confessions of Me

Confessions of Me

So the title is pretty weak, I’m writing this to be vulnerable, to face the giants in my Promised Land and even in writing the title I find myself fighting a giant. I have noticed lately a lot of writing is popular when you include the word confessions with some kind of label that brands a person. Like Confessions of a Shopoholic or a wildly popular blog that my friend Ruth wrote Confessions of Ch...

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Buckets and New Beginnings

Buckets and New Beginnings

Sometimes you just need a little reminder, a reminder that it all goes on, that somewhere around the world someone is falling in love and another is dancing in the rain. Someone, somewhere is welcoming their new child into the world and another is seeing the ocean for the first time. And every so often I need to remember the beauty of new beginnings. Especially after the last two months I have had...

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Without her Africa would fall apart.

I am sorry this one is a little late in coming, I just didn’t know how to say it. I don’t know how to communicate what I saw in Africa, though this post falls short of communicating whatever is inside me, it is a start. There is one thing I am sure of after two months of Beauty For Ashes retreats in Africa and it’s this: Africa would fall and crumble into a million tiny pieces if it wa...

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A Widow’s Story.

A Widow’s Story.

There were seventy widows, split up among the four of us, and because the building reached capacity about 55 of us found ourselves outside sitting in the rapidly shrinking shade as women shared their stories. I was getting one of those headaches that you get when it is too bright outside as my fingers frantically struggled to keep up as she told her story. She was number 12 of 13 to speak and by t...

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Meet Doris.

Meet Doris.

Meet Doris, a woman who got to get away for one weekend at our Beauty For Ashes retreat and had her life changed!

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