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“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete not lacking anything.” (James 1:1-4) For a couple years […]
Some time ago, a red light appeared on the dashboard of my car. I know almost zero about mechanics, but I do know that when one of those little blinky things comes on, it’s “talking” to me about the internal condition of my automobile. All […]
Have you ever thought that if you could just have something or someone you desired that you could be more satisfied than you are with God? Have you ever wondered if another love or desire could take His place, that something or someone else could […]
There are times in everyone’s life when pursuing their calling—whether it’s raising children, running an organization, or attending college—can become tiring. When this happens, some people want to throw in the towel and give up. If this describes how you have felt, here are three […]
When I met my husband, we did what a lot of couples do when they are getting acquainted—we shared stories. We shared stories about our families, where we grew up, and about our relationships. Because I was single until I was forty-six, my list of […]
Some people say Christianity doesn’t work because it doesn’t eliminate life’s problems. It doesn’t guarantee an easy life, or that we’ll always get what we want. It’s not like rubbing a genie bottle. It’s not like taking a magic pill. Instead, sometimes being a […]
A couple years ago, Christmas reminded me that life is a paradox. It’s filled with blessings and pain, grieving and gratitude, joy and tears. You see, I had great fun on December 25th as I celebrated with my new husband and his family for the […]
Take my survey for singles and get my free, downloadable ebook “5 Great Relationship Truths That Will Change Your Life.” Just after I turned 43 and was still single, I experienced something surprising: extreme loneliness. Sure, I had fleeting moments or short periods when I […]
As I write this post, I am somewhere over Kansas. At 36,000 feet, I often read the little magazines stuffed into the airplane seatback pocket in front of me. I am overjoyed that I just found an inspiring story in Southwest Airline’s Spirit magazine which […]
Have you noticed life has seasons? During the first ten years of my walk with the Christ, He went to work to heal my heart. I felt unwanted, unloved, unforgiveable, desperate, and I battled a huge spirit of rejection. I didn’t like myself; I was […]
I once wrote a story about three brown cows who desperately wanted to change color. Tired of their earthy hue, they decided that purple would impress the neighbors and gain them notoriety. So after much planning, the herd’s leader pushed a large can of purple […]
In his book Disappointment with God, Philip Yancey writes about a friend named Douglas who experienced deep disappointment. Douglas’s wife contracted breast cancer. While in the middle of this crisis, a drunk driver swerved across the center line and smashed head-on into Douglas’s car, and […]
Proverbs 29:25 says, “The fear of man will prove to be a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord will be kept safe.” In the original Hebrew language, the word “snare” is the word mokashe, and it means “trap.” No one wants to fall into […]
I once spoke with a man who said, “I did everything I could in the twenty-one years I was married to be a good Christian husband and father. I attended men’s Bible studies. I went to church. I learned about parenting. I loved my wife. […]
When I was an elementary school teacher, one of my coworkers received red roses. I asked, “Ooo—who sent you the beautiful flowers?” She sighed. “They’re from my ex-husband. He cheated on me, and I divorced him two years ago. Now he feels bad about what […]
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