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How to Find Hope When God Says, “No”

How to Find Hope When God Says, “No”

(Inside: How to Find Hope When God Says, “No”) Parenting is Hard Work Let’s face it, nobody likes being told, “No.” Human nature tends to mean, we want what we what when we want it. And if pressed hard enough, we can probably come up […]

It’s All About ME

It’s All About ME

[Inside: Why we should submit to each other.] Togetherness It’s August. The sun is shining, the pool is sparkling, the lake is calling, and the kids have been home now for 8 weeks… (but who’s counting?!) For the most part it’s been wonderful. The schedule […]

Redeemed – On Mission in Rwanda

Redeemed – On Mission in Rwanda

(Inside: Redeemed – an African story of love and redemption.)   Redeemed: A Boy’s Story He was 9 years old in April of 1994.  He and his 8 brothers and sisters lived with their parents in a village not far from the capital city of […]

Eager for God – On Mission in Rwanda

Eager for God – On Mission in Rwanda

If I heard it once, I must have heard it 50 times while in Africa, “Will you pray for me?” I heard if from people I met at church, at the girls school, teachers, pastors and strangers. People asking for prayer for their health, family […]

Spiritual Hunger – On Mission in Rwanda

Spiritual Hunger – On Mission in Rwanda

I am not a missions girl.  In fact, at the risk of having you think me un-godly, I will confess to you that “Missions Sunday” is my least favorite Sunday of the year. If you haven’t been to one, allow me to describe it for […]

Friendship with God – Is That Even Possible?

Friendship with God – Is That Even Possible?

Think about the people who are closest to you in your life… that one person you go to right away when you are in trouble. The person you can talk to about anything.  Do you have their face in your mind? Now, think about how […]

Jesus Forgives Even THAT

Jesus Forgives Even THAT

What is the one thing in your life that you regret more than anything?  The one thing that you don’t share with other people. The thing that if you could, you would go back and re-do or take back? Everyone has something like that. It’s […]

Pray Like Jesus

Pray Like Jesus

I was at the funeral of a friend of a friend. It was someone I didn’t know well, and someone who died too soon. We were in a church I had never been to before; traditional hard pews, and a pipe organ in the back […]

Crying Out to God: Learning to Lament

Crying Out to God: Learning to Lament

 picture by https://pixabay.com/en/users/ulleo-1834854/ Crying Out to God I stood alone in my livingroom – the gray of the dimly lit room pressing in around me. I could hardly breathe – despair crushing my chest like a massive weight. Falling to my knees in front of […]

Will fear keep you from getting out of the boat?

Will fear keep you from getting out of the boat?

The summer my oldest son turned one, we sold our house and planned to move into a larger one. Our house sold in 4 days, and we were left scrambling.  We began searching for homes and over the next three months, we had found two […]


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