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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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My Tongue Needed a Fire Escape

My Tongue Needed a Fire Escape

I have a confession to make. Believe me, it’s not an easy confession. It’s confession of a sin I’ve never heard other moms confess—which leads me to think I was a really, really bad mom. Can you tell how hesitant I am to admit it? But in learning to deal with this horrible habit, I learned a very important lesson I’d like to share with you. My confession: I used to swear at my kids. (Cringe.) Because I still feel…

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Family, the Beautiful

Family, the Beautiful

What comes to your mind when you think about Independence Day? I think about … The brave who’ve fought, and died, for our freedom; The stars and stripes swaying proudly at front doors; Sizzling hot dogs, watermelon drenched grins, and homemade ice cream; Parades, glow sticks, bug spray, and fireworks; And a kaleidoscope of people from sea to shining sea. We’ve so much to be grateful for. Don’t we? Abundant resources. Awe-striking landscapes. Amazing people. We’re not perfect. Not by…

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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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Recognition for a Heart Overlooked

Recognition for a Heart Overlooked

You know what? God sees you! Yes, you there hiding in the shadows. You who really didn’t want to put on the dress-up clothes and pretty face and go to church today. Yes, you who wipes a thousand runny noses, washes sinks full of dishes, and regularly stares down innumerable loads of laundry tossed onto your utility room floor. You who just wants to be loved, scruffiness and all. God hears your cry for quiet after your ears have been…

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Rescue for a Mind Distracted

Rescue for a Mind Distracted

I wanted to kiss that Northwest Airlines captain who pulled his airplane out of line for takeoff in order to rescue my family from a stupid situation. Let me just tell you right here, whenever my husband and I switch drivers in the car, we also switch keys—even in the deep cold of a Minnesota winter. It was one of the rare occasions my husband had to travel for work. With three elementary age kids I homeschooled, and two more…

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