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Four Ways Our Identity in Christ Changes Our Lives

Several years ago, while my family was making a quick trip to a department store, one of our children started losing control. Our little boy began to struggle with a verbal and aggressive outburst as his little mind seemed to turn into someone else. This was nothing new for us, as we had been seeking help… Continue reading Four Ways Our Identity in Christ Changes Our Lives

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Pain Will Not Have the Last Word

Pain has taken its toll on me—physically, emotionally, and mentally. The damage isn’t always visible on my face or in my words, but it’s always there, tempting me to view everything through the lens of an aching heart and a weary spirit. No one lives this life untouched. We all experience the brokenness and frailty… Continue reading Pain Will Not Have the Last Word

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Send a Box of Hope!

When someone we love is hurting, sometimes it's a struggle to find the right words to say and the best way to help. We want to help, but when the needs are large, the grief is heavy, or we're far away, we can feel helpless to know how to offer comfort to those we love.… Continue reading Send a Box of Hope!

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When All Seems Hopeless

It’s been 8 weeks since I went in for my fifth ankle surgery, uncertain of whether it would restore my ability to walk. As I remain couchbound, waiting to see what walking ability I will be left with, I’ve been wrestling with doubts and fears over all the seemingly impossible circumstances that God continues to… Continue reading When All Seems Hopeless

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What If God Takes It All Away? Trusting Him Through Financial Struggles

Recently we drove past our old house for the first time since downsizing. Immediately, our four children began rehearsing memories, noting every part of the house that they missed. Once again, they struggled to understand why we had to give it all up. As hard as I tried to respond with confidence that it was… Continue reading What If God Takes It All Away? Trusting Him Through Financial Struggles

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Celebrating the Author of Life

I was scrolling through old photos with my youngest and we came across this ultrasound picture when he was between 20 - 30 weeks gestation. I was suddenly struck with the fact that at this point, he was already sucking the two middle fingers that he still sucks today. Much of the world would not… Continue reading Celebrating the Author of Life

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The Waves of Grief Will Give Way

“Why did God make me this way? I’ve asked him to change me every day, but he never does. My life is hopeless — there’s no point to trying anymore.” My child curled up in a heap on the floor and sobbed. I sat down next to him, empty of words and fighting my own… Continue reading The Waves of Grief Will Give Way