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Why I’m Not Making Resolutions This Year

Posted by on Jan 10, 2019 in Blog | 13 comments

Why I’m Not Making Resolutions This Year

Normally, you’ll find me filling up my journal with a list, making a hopeful set of resolutions for the New Year. Let me say at the outset—I like resolutions. I think they’re a good thing. Getting a goal in place, and resolving to complete that goal, can pave a clear road to growth and successful accomplishment. Resolving to “do better” can be a great motivator, even when it requires taking time to learn something new or apply myself to another form of self-discipline.

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2018 Reflections and Lessons

Posted by on Jan 1, 2019 in Blog | 13 comments

2018 Reflections and Lessons

The year of our Lord, twenty-eighteen, began on a Monday. And that made the new year seem right on schedule. A new week, new month, new year, and a fresh start should always begin on a Monday, don’t you think? So, 2019 feels a little off to me. In fact, I’m a little behind on all of it (which explains why you didn’t receive this post earlier).

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A Bittersweet Christmas Gift

Posted by on Dec 20, 2018 in Blog | 8 comments

A Bittersweet Christmas Gift

Sitting in the recreation room of The Caring Center, I scanned the faces of the residents who were waiting for the kindergarten caroling event to begin— until I caught sight of a familiar set of eyes. “Miss Geneva” looked much older than the last time we visited. She was already an old saint when I first met her, and I was a young pastor’s wife.

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Join Me on a Ride to Malvern

Posted by on Dec 6, 2018 in Blog | 13 comments

Join Me on a Ride to Malvern

It was a top-secret mission. Even though I didn’t have a clue what it was all about, I jumped at any chance to go somewhere with just my dad and me. Since my little brother was still in his crib, I must have been only five. Mom was starting dinner while having a whispered discussion with my dad. Then, he threw out an invitation to me: “I've got to make a little trip to Malvern, Gertrude, want to come with me?”

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It’s the Damage Done, Not the Disease

Posted by on Nov 8, 2018 in Blog | 4 comments

It’s the Damage Done, Not the Disease

The rare neurological disease that destroyed a good portion of my husband’s spinal cord, leaving him with significant paralysis, seems to have abated . . . as far as we can tell. He hasn’t had another recurrence, thankfully it hasn’t moved to his brain or other vital organs, and the lesions on his spine have almost completely disappeared. So, my prayer now is that the damage it has left behind will begin to heal. It’s the damage causing the pain, not the disease. You all have been a faithful band of prayer warriors. Many of you have sent links to websites and recommended various forms of natural treatment and given your medical advice. We’ve been blown away by how many of you have given to us financially, as this has been an extremely difficult and unexpected financial strain and has left him unable to work. We appreciate all of your loving contributions—especially your prayers.

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Not Abandoned: The Fourth Grace

Posted by on Oct 18, 2018 in Blog | 9 comments

Not Abandoned: The Fourth Grace

When my friend was just a baby, her mother walked out of their apartment to begin a “new life” without her. Left totally vulnerable and abandoned by the one who should care for her more than any other, she was alone for hours in a crib, crying out for help with no one there. Thankfully, the apartment manager eventually heard her cries and broke in to rescue her. It leaves me cold and aching to think of her crying out for a mother who no longer cared for her. How could a mother walk away like that? But moms do. Husbands do. Friends do. No matter how people have let you down, no matter how much you’ve suffered from rejection, even abandonment, if you belong to Christ, you have this secure promise from Him: “I will not abandon you.”

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Digging Through the Promise Box: The Third Grace

Posted by on Sep 13, 2018 in Blog | 6 comments

Digging Through the Promise Box: The Third Grace

It was just a cheap little plastic box, maybe you’ve seen one like it or have one, filled with business-card-sized Scripture cards. Each card held a “promise” from Scripture. I vividly remember, as a young girl, climbing up on my mom’s bed and taking the box from her bedside table into my lap so that I could pull out one card at a time and read those promises. The difference between Scripture’s promises and any other “promise” is the source of the promise. The unfailing God delivers what He promises.

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Why I Love Living in Providence: The Second Grace

Posted by on Aug 29, 2018 in Blog | 5 comments

Why I Love Living in Providence: The Second Grace

“Can you pray . . . ?” Almost daily, that question flows between my dear friend and me. God providentially knit our hearts together through a series of circumstances that He obviously arranged. I’m in a different season of life, quite a few years ahead of her, but we have more important things in common than age: our love for Christ, our commitment to His Word, and our care for our husbands who both suffer with debilitating nerve pain.

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Whispering This Constantly – the First “Grace”

Posted by on Jul 30, 2018 in Blog | 8 comments

Whispering This Constantly – the First “Grace”

“It makes no sense” is one of the most frequent statements I hear when people ask about how LeRoy is doing and if there is any improvement in his condition. No, we’ve seen no improvement. Yes, he still suffers with excruciating pain from nerve damage and muscle spasms. Yes, he still needs a great deal of assistance; he’s partially paralyzed due to spinal cord damage. His vision is blurry when he tries to read, his voice and body are weak, and his day revolves around medicine doses and difficult trips from his reclining chair to the bathroom. His life has taken a drastic turn.

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Four Graces That Have Carried Me

Posted by on Jul 23, 2018 in Blog | 13 comments

Four Graces That Have Carried Me

The sweet smell of pine surrounds me all the way down the lane to the mailbox. The fresh scent is heavier than usual. We had an early morning shower that cooled things down a bit and the clouds are just now giving way to a beaming sun that is baking the pine-needle-carpet, running along both sides of the lane, into an even darker golden brown. I stop to take a deep breath and to worship the Father who is kind enough to provide this moment—this quiet bit of respite and beauty.

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