6 Words That Shaped My Life

High school was not kind to me. Although there are a few fun memories — cheering for the freshmen basketball team, attending a zany psychology class, passing drivers training — I’m glad I never have to return to those four agonizing years again. Ever. Mostly my adolescent days were filled […]

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Life’s Like a Spilled Box of Chocolates

This Valentine’s Day, my heart returns to February 14 2002, when I watched my daughter Victoria’s seven year-​​​​old eyes slowly scanned the Valentine loot scattered on the kitchen table. Pushing aside the small white envelopes that bore her name, treat-​​​​filled plastic […]

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5 Keys to Surviving Crisis as a Couple

My husband Gene and I were married only three years when crisis struck. We were living in Nepal at the time, working for a Christian mission. Gene was overseeing a hospital construction project and I was a pregnant stay-​​​​at-​​​​home mom caring for our 20-​​​​month-​​​​old son. […]

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When You Feel Lifeless

The wind was howling outside to the point of shaking the windows for hours. When the stormy winds passed, we assessed the damage outside and I was really surprised by how many trees in our back yard had fallen. I'm so […]

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God with Skin On

"Greater love has no one than this; that one lay down his life for his friends." —John 15:13 (NIV) A young man who had been raised as an atheist was training to be an Olympic diver. The only religious influence in […]

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God and Pregnancy Disappointments

Stunned might be the best word to describe my husband Ted's reaction when those two pink lines appeared. The ones that screamed, "Your wife is pregnant!" We'd only been married eight months. Home pregnancy tests weren't something we anticipated on our […]

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