The Slow Wait

The Slow Wait

These walls held raucous laughter only a few hours ago, but now as everything is quiet, and I pick up the remains of delightful mayhem, the tears begin to slide. My daughter’s family has started their long trek home, all four little ones tucked safely inside their extremely packed vehicle. All the other family and friends have gone home. It’s just me and LeRoy again and the house feels too silent. As I pick up discarded Christmas bags and boxes, strip sheets from beds and roll up sleeping bags, I recount the many conversations, the Christmas cookies decorated, the bedtime stories read, and silly songs shared. I treasure the sweet memories made this week. It is times like this that life’s fleeting nature presses in with a greater intensity. Love and life’s brevity can be so painful.

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The Bondslave Mother

The Bondslave Mother

Have you ever been falsely accused? Slandered? Exposed to public humiliation? We’ve all experienced the embarrassment that comes from being misunderstood. Most of us can relate to the pain of verbal insult. But imagine being totally innocent of serious accusation, but suspected of a crime punishable by stoning (Deuteronomy 22:23–24), all because you’ve obeyed God. That was Mary’s situation.

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Help for Dealing with Chronic Pain

Help for Dealing with Chronic Pain

Most of us deal with a certain level of pain, but few of us live in the kind of tenacious pain that lingers and just doesn’t let up. For years, like clockwork, I lived with regular migraines that could put me to bed. I’d battle it for days, but eventually the migraine would win and knock me out of commission for a day before releasing its grip. But I have a few friends that live with unending pain, chronic pain that seems to have no end. If you are one of those, my heart goes out to you, and I’m posting these suggestions prayerfully, not as an expert, but as one who cares for you and is so sorry for your suffering.

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Needing Truckloads of God’s Grace

Needing Truckloads of God’s Grace

Last week I couldn’t help but shake my head and smile at the response to the blog post about needing to tackle the mess of my “home sweet home.” I was glad to see that a lot of you could relate to the “messy house dilemma.” You left some great comments, and Kathryn shared some thoughts that spurred this post. I’m quoting from her comment left on the post: “My Home-Sweet-Home is Out of Control.”

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How’s 2017 Working Out For You?

How’s 2017 Working Out For You?

It’s been one of those seasons. You know the kind—when one trickle of difficulty leads to another, and then it seems like someone opens a floodgate? It didn’t start with the violent stomach bug that hit both Wagner households consecutively. It was before that, before my husband’s cell phone slid off the car’s roof to go smashing down the Interstate. It was before several unexpected financial blows hit, only to realize our refrigerator was going out, too. It was before a series of unexpected disappointments. It was before the misunderstanding came to light that left me stunned, and put me to the floor on my knees in prayer.

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