Pull of Position

I thought the war over riding shotgun would end when my boys left elementary school. Unfortunately, no. My boys are now 15, 18, and 20 years old. Two are old enough to vote and be tried as an adult. The youngest […]

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Obstacles in the Road

Faith means being sure of the things we hope for and knowing that something is real even if we do not see it. (Hebrews 11:1 NCV) A number of years ago, our family was traveling through West Virginia. It was late […]

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Choosing to Influence

“Let’s play car. You drive, okay?” Three-​​​​year-​​​​old Bella handed me the plastic keys, and I revved up our “couch car” engine. She climbed into the “passenger seat” next to me, pulled an invisible seatbelt across her lap, and firmly buckled it. After we […]

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Before We Respond

Sweet friend, let’s chat. About “those” emails. “Those” comments. “Those” hurtful words that make our smiles fall, our pulses rise, our throats tighten. Yes, “those.” Harsh comments seem so unnecessary to me. I honestly can’t find any sort of justification in Scripture […]

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I Don't Want to Go

“I don’t want to go!” I sat up in bed, turned the light on, and looked tearfully at my husband, Rod, who was almost sleeping. The next day, I would be leaving for China for eight weeks to participate in a reality show […]

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Your Payback vs. God's Promise

After my rape, I really wasn’t sure what to do. For the first few months afterward I was in such a state of shock and confusion that I allowed the relationship to continue. Partly due to the fact that I thought we now had to get […]

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