Can We All Pause to Celebrate?

Can We All Pause to Celebrate?

LeRoy’s latest tests were encouraging—there are no signs of a recurrence of Neurosarcoid lesions. Can we all pause and celebrate that with a huge Thank You to the Father?

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Preparing for 2020 Today

Preparing for 2020 Today

You don’t have to adopt a “spiritual focus” for the year in order to pursue God or cultivate a more intimate relationship with Him, but I’ve found that it helps to have a map that guides you toward a worthy goal. The yearly Scripture passage becomes my map and provides me with a course for the year. Setting the heart toward a certain destination will produce greater results than wandering aimlessly.

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When Loneliness is Your Closest Companion

When Loneliness is Your Closest Companion

She didn’t sound bitter, just sad. She was grieving, and when one is walking in grief, I’ve learned that it’s important to encourage the sorrowful to use their voice to express that grief. Telling your story is a significant part of the healing process when walking that painful road.

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Letting You in on What I’ve Been Working On

Letting You in on What I’ve Been Working On

I’m in a strange season of transition—moving from serving as a pastor’s wife (for almost four decades), to a caregiver, and now to the financial provider. It is a most unexpected role for me.

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A Letter to LeRoy

A Letter to LeRoy

Today, we’re not traveling to Colorado, but we’re taking time to recount God’s gracious work in our lives and remember together. And I want to take time to thank you.

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Trust God to Write Your Story

Trust God to Write Your Story

“Imagine the peace, comfort, and hope that would be ours if we really believed that He knows and sees everything that lies before us, before it happens—and that He has already provided whatever we will need when we get there! What freedom from fear, anxiety, and dread that should give us.”

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How to Experience Living Hope

How to Experience Living Hope

When hope is snuffed out, even a Christian can lose the will to keep going. We’ve shared with you how we lost all hope in our marriage—and that led to a miserable existence. When there is no hope for change, no light that you can see at the end of the tunnel, the temptation is to shut off your heart and just exist in misery . . . or some choose to check out of life altogether,...

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Saying Goodbye to the Pastorate

Saying Goodbye to the Pastorate

He’s been preaching the Word of God most of his life. It’s hard to imagine, but he was only eighteen when he began pastoring his first church. He’s a gifted communicator of the Word—my favorite preacher—and now, he’s stepping away from his post at a church we dearly love.

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The Right Kind of Strong

The Right Kind of Strong

Mary Kassian’s new book releases today! I love it. And I highly recommend it. I confess, it was uncomfortable at times, but it was well worth the pain. But mostly, I was cheering Mary on through the entire read. It felt like she was sitting across the table from my twenty-something Fierce self (a few decades ago) and giving me some much needed counsel on the “right kind of strong.”...

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When the Doctors Have No Answers

When the Doctors Have No Answers

“We just don't know.” That's not the words you want to hear coming from your care team (who operates under the direction of one of the world's most respected neurologists). The words hit hard. When my husband and I make our regular trip to his doctors at UT Southwestern, we always go hoping for answers, looking for a solution, praying for an encouraging prognosis.

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Moments of Grace

Moments of Grace

This morning I was recording in my journal a note about where we were and what we were doing two years ago today.

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Embracing Joy in the Pain

Embracing Joy in the Pain

It seems a very long time ago that LeRoy and I sat down with Jim Daly and John Fuller for the first time to share our story at Focus on the Family. Things look much different today than they did then. But, just as God reached down to meet with us in our pain during that season, He is meeting with us today in the pain of this season. And there is much joy in abiding in His abundant presence.

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Praying Big

Praying Big

I’m asking big for my husband. I’m asking that God would display His merciful character and bring healing and relief from the pain. I’m asking for God’s will to be done, and for Him to prepare our hearts to receive what He has for us. And I’m asking with an open hand. Will you join me?

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Riding the Roller Coaster of Illness

Riding the Roller Coaster of Illness

I’ve never liked roller coasters. Ever. I just don’t get the point. Zooming through open air, way beyond heights that are safe, and then dropping so fast that you prepare to throw up. Not to mention slinging around corkscrew turns so hard that it triggers muscle spasms in your neck. And why in the world would any sane person enjoy risking flying off a track that probably hasn’t actually been inspected by someone truly concerned about safety? Really.

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Was the Cross Really Necessary?

Was the Cross Really Necessary?

Two weary-hearted friends trudged slowly home. Days before, they were anticipating the Passover festival and wondering what they would witness as they followed the young rabbi to Jerusalem. Would His friend Lazarus of Bethany attend the festivities, the one He brought back to life from the dead?

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