Packing Memories

A sold sign stood proud in our yard on 82nd Street. I sat in the living room surrounded by boxes and bubble wrap as a strange feeling of bliss and panic crawled up my chest. We had less than three weeks to move. After raising our blended family of four children, my husband John and […]

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All Things Beautiful

These were the words spoken by Gabriel to Mary informing her that she was going to have a baby: The Holy Spirit will come on you and the power of the most high will overshadow you. An interruption. An unplanned pregnancy. A divine conception. God does that a lot. Besides babies, He births other things […]

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How to Make Your New Year’s Resolutions Stick

I hate New Year’s resolutions. I start out with great intentions, but they rarely stick past the first few weeks. So several years ago I quit making resolutions. Instead, I began asking God for a New Year’s Revelation—a word directly from His heart to mine. A word that would empower me to new heights in […]

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Broken on Purpose

My husband is a tosser. I’m a keeper. Only to hear John’s side, he might say I’m a borderline hoarder. It’s my parents fault. Mom and Dad grew up in the depression. We saved things. Dad’s garage had a ledge neatly lined with fifty Swisher Sweets cigar boxes we might need someday. And my mom—forget […]

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When God Uses Women to Speak

A few months ago I attended Watershed, a training and equipping program for women to move in New Testament prophecy. Jan Bingaman, the leader, teaches and empowers women in order to prepare for the upcoming revival of love. “New Testament prophecy is different than Old Testament,” explains Jan. “New Testament prophecy is for the purpose […]

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Lookin’ for Love

As I’m writing this on a Friday afternoon at 4:00, it’s almost officially the weekend, the time of the week that in my former love junkie days was meant for man hunting. When happy hour did not produce any attractive results, come dark-thirty, I was out in full force…at my favorite boot-scooting-honkey-tonk looking for love. […]

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Rejoice When?

How can you protect yourself from the despair that often blindsides you when unexpected circumstances blow in like a hurricane? One way is to decide in advance how you will respond. Intentionally. Deliberately. No matter what. Rejoice. I know you’ve heard them. The rejoice-when-you-go-through-trials and count-it-all-joy sermons. Usually a hard-pill to swallow in the middle […]

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From Captivity to Command

My heart is burdened for friends who are going through tragedies, depression and divorce but it was a text from a dear friend with shocking news of a recent murder that had me crying out to God in prayer. At first, all I could manage to get out was, “Jesus… Jesus… Jesus… Jesus… Jesus.” Friend, […]

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The Power of Forgiveness

I ran across this story written by Micah Leydorf the other day. It appeared in Single Parent Support Network’s compilation, Wingspan, Rising Above the Challenges of Single Parenting. Sort of a Chicken Soup anthology of inspiring stories for single parents. Lots of amazing stories! You can check it out on Amazon. I’m very humbled by what Micah’s […]

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