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Armed and Dangerous!

This summer, my husband David and I enjoyed some time in the Blue Ridge Mountains with our grandson Landon and his parents. One day, we decided to take a walk, and Landon insisted on taking a knife from his kitchen playset with him. “He wants to be armed and dangerous,” David said, winking at me. […]

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God Gives Us One Another

I looked around at the many different faces surrounding me, and I whispered a quiet prayer of thanks. “Lord, I love each one of them so much. Thank you for making them a part of my life.” The many faces belonged to my relatives—strong, loving, wise, gentle, witty, and  compassionate souls I had known for […]

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The Woman on the Plane

“I think they double-booked our seats.” I looked across the aisle at the petite, curly-haired woman, who appeared to be about my age. She was talking with a young couple, who were occupying two seats together on the airplane. After studying their tickets, everyone realized the young woman from the couple was supposed to be […]

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Inside the Furnace

Do you see how well she is teaching these girls? She is so clever and relatable. You are not. These girls are going to be so bored when you teach! The ugly voice snarled inside my mind and caught me by surprise. I was getting ready to teach the last of three Bible Study sessions […]

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The Tight Squeeze

I caught my breath as the measuring tape cinched around my waist. She’s pulling it awfully tight, I thought. Oh well, I reassured myself, I’m going to lose some weight anyway. It will be okay. I was getting measured to order a dress that I planned to wear to my daughter Sarah’s wedding in about […]

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Taking Thoughts Captive

The minute I saw Patrick’s face, I knew something was wrong. “Mom, can I talk with you for a minute?” he said. “Sure. How was your day?” I said. “Terrible,” he said. “I blew the interview. I am never going to get the virtual hire!” Patrick has been attending an 18-week computer programming immersion program. […]

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We Need Each Other

I glanced down at the “Table Topics” card. “What are you thankful for?,” it said. I looked around the room at the receptive faces of the young women in front of me. “I’m thankful for you,” I said. The high school and college-aged girls had taken time out of their busy lives to attend a […]

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The Perfect Fit

I tore open the bag and slipped out the royal blue dress with sequins, beading, and fringe. I was looking forward to wearing it to my daughter Sarah’s bridal shower. My sister Danielle and sister-in-law Jodi were planning a fun, Great-Gatsby-themed party for her in my hometown of Louisville, Ohio. I pulled the dress down […]

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When Things Don’t Make Sense

Two months ago, I wrote about my dear friend and prayer partner Phyllis, who died unexpectedly (possibly from a brain aneurysm). A few days ago, her sister Suzanne went home to be with Jesus after a 3-year battle with cancer. The sisters were 58 and 46, respectively. Their mother Patsy lost her two daughters in […]

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The Stronger Hand

My husband David and I were walking down the hallway recently, and he was holding my hand. His right hand was holding my left hand. Isaiah 41:10 came to mind: “‘Do not fear, for I am with you; do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I […]

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