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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Step Out with God

My grandson is getting too heavy to carry. He recently turned two years old. Instead of carrying Him, I now let him walk beside me as he holds my hand. We walk together into new adventures all the time. He trusts me, so he willingly goes where I lead him. I like to think he […]

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Just Say No!

I’m going to be honest. I don’t like to exercise. But even though I don’t enjoy doing it most of the time, I know it’s necessary and helpful to my physical health. The same holds true on a spiritual level. We are called to “exercise” for our spiritual well-being, and when we do, we are […]

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Look Up!

I watched the mother and father at the nearby restaurant table actively attending to their four young children. Nostalgia hit me as I remembered our family doing the same so many years ago. The 8-year-old was busily eating his hamburger. The two-year-old twins were snuggled on the lap of their mother, who was encouraging them […]

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Hold On!

My dear friend and prayer partner Phyllis died suddenly and unexpectedly a few weeks ago. From her symptoms, it seems she might have had a brain aneurysm. From God’s perspective, it was time for her to come home and be with Him. I’m happy for my precious friend, but I am deeply sad at the […]

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Fighting Our Battles

Sometimes I just feel overwhelmed . . . with my responsibilities, with my personal struggles, with the heartache in the world and the difficulties faced by others. It is in those moments that the Lord gently reminds me that I was never meant to face my battles alone . . . that He is there […]

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