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Jail Is Not My Monkey

Jail Is Not My Monkey

We sat on the restaurant’s patio, lulled by an unusually cool, late-afternoon breeze. Friends drawn together ten years ago by the common experience of mothering adopted children. Over the years we’ve shared challenges and losses, blessings and wins. Even with our kids now all grown, some of these moms are still going through the wringer. One mom, near tears, relayed her heaviness. Her fear that her child might end up going to jail, again. Thinking she was alone in this…

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Souvenirs for the Soul: The Testimony of God Shows Up in Unexpected Places

Souvenirs for the Soul: The Testimony of God Shows Up in Unexpected Places

In my pre-waking moments, I thought I was on a subway again. I’d been in the country only a few days, and with my group of journeymen missionaries had ridden several trains and subways, touring the city as we acclimated to the culture. Awakened long before my alarm rang, I thought someone was shaking my bed. My eyes rolled open to realize my bed was indeed shaking though no one was near it. I sat straight up wondering, “Is this…

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Souvenirs for the Soul: Wild Horses Are Not Lone Rangers

Souvenirs for the Soul: Wild Horses Are Not Lone Rangers

You don’t want to be out there after dark. It turns pitch black and there’re no street lights to guide you back to town. Homeschooling afforded us some far-reaching field trips. Some people call them family vacations. But since we traveled during the fall—after the heat settled down, the mosquitoes were hopefully dead, and the masses of other families were back home with their kids tucked away in public/private schools—and since I made sure our kids wrote in their journals,…

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Remarkable Faith

Remarkable Faith

I’m in the middle of a first time experience, and I’m loving it. I have the privilege of serving on Shauna Lettelier’s launch team for her book … Remarkable Faith: When Jesus Marvels at the Faith of Unremarkable People … to be released July 11th. And here’s the cool thing: Shauna has also been a nonbiological mom. The last Monday of every month this year, I’ve featured a guest blogger. Today I’m doing that a little differently. I thought it…

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Souvenirs for the Soul: A Glass of Ice-Cold Water

Souvenirs for the Soul: A Glass of Ice-Cold Water

It started as a tiny drug store in a prairie town of 326 people. The new owners took possession in 1931, serving the community which had been devastated by the Great Depression and was just entering the dust bowl years. The owners lived in a small space in the back of the store, separated only by a blanket suspended from the ceiling. After four-and-a-half years of hardly a customer, they considered selling and moving on to better opportunities. But one…

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Souvenirs for the Soul: Lessons Learned on Summer Vacations

Souvenirs for the Soul: Lessons Learned on Summer Vacations

Ah, the summers of my childhood. Raised in a typical middle-class home, my parents somehow managed to take our family to new places across the country. Camping on Minnesota lakes. Visiting friends in the Missouri Ozarks. Stopping at the painted dessert, petrified forest, white sands, and the Grand Canyon, enroute to extended family in Arizona. I’ve a bucketful of memories from up-close-and-personal interactions with America the Beautiful. My husband also enjoyed childhood opportunities to experience life beyond his home town….

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I Often Don’t Like Easter Services

I Often Don’t Like Easter Services

I often don’t like Easter services. I don’t. I like parts of the service—usually. But I often come away less than satisfied. The Easter story is packed with lessons: The prophecies of Passover fulfilled “Not my will but Yours” Peter denying Christ Christ bearing the punishment for our sins By Christ’s stripes we are healed The crushing of Satan’s head Light in our deepest darkness The defeat of death and the grave Eternal hope And so on, and so on,…

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The Divine Finisher

The Divine Finisher

You may remember me sharing that my word for this year (2017) is listen. So in February I asked the Lord what topic He wanted me to cover and felt impressed to study how He has modeled parenting for us. That’s been my theme the past several weeks. I figured who else can show us how to manage difficult children? But this is an exhaustive topic. That’s actually good. Right? Does not our heavenly Father continually entice us, make us…

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Now What?

Now What?

It was another Help, Lord! moment. One of my children had just blindsided me with another, never-before-used, boundary-challenging technique. Dumbfounded, frustrated, and weary, I asked my heavenly Father, “Now what do I do with THIS?” I once considered writing a book titled Now What? because it was a question I asked on a regular basis. Too frequently I felt thrown off kilter. The misbehaviors I faced—almost daily—required the wisdom of an experienced professional. I frequently felt like Tim Conway, in the…

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Jesus: The Perpetual Gift

Jesus: The Perpetual Gift

How could it be past Christmas day and I’ve not yet mentioned Jesus—the greatest gift of all? But then, how can I even begin to describe Him? Yet it’s Jesus alone who carried me through the turmoil of raising SAFE* children. When a friend—a married man—got to know my daughter a little too well, I implored the Lion of Judah to devour that man. However when I looked in Scripture at the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, I discovered…

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