The Freedom of Obedience

For thirty years now, I have been teaching about the difference between a prayer life and a praying life. Prayer is more than packaging words together and sandwiching them between “Dear God” and “Amen.” When we learn to live a praying life, we have […]

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First Things First

Parenting the second time around looks different than the first. When our second of three boys graduated from high school, we assumed we were nearing the end of our parenting journey. Well, at least the part that involves children living at […]

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Crossing the Line

Compliant children very seldom cross the boundaries set by parents. Stubborn children may react and cross the line — with much regret. A strong-​​​​willed child will not stay behind the line simply to please you. The key for the parent of any child is consistent, […]

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Slow Down

Not too long ago we experienced a power outage when a thunderstorm raged through our area. The electricity went out at 6 p.m. and didn’t go back on until the morning. My husband and I lit candles and talked. We read a little and went […]

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Hannah’s Broken Heart

Hannah. A woman well acquainted with waiting. She had the love of her husband. She had a double portion. But, she did not have a child. For her, she could gain the whole world but her heart would still lay in pieces on […]

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If I Can Just Touch His Robe

I absolutely cannot comprehend the thought that only one year ago this month I was receiving my first of 4 chemotherapy treatments for my diagnosis of NHL; my “incurable” form of cancer; found by “surprise.” And now, one year later, a new head of […]

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