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When Home Makes a Heart Call
He had whined about going but church camp meant only six days away from home. I wondered if my 11-year-old son, Russell, our homebody child... (read more)

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Going to the Dogs
Our family loves dogs. We live on a large farm, so we have several. Some of them were adopted from the animal shelter while others are pure-bred. They each... (read more)

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All Undone
At a loss, Cynthia fingered the intricate lace bordering her handmade pillowcase. Its silken threads slide through her fingers. Just like life's energy... (read more)

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Faith, Hope, Love & Deployment
True love tattoos itself on your heart. You are scarred. In a good way. It's a scar that serves to remind you of something so powerful it transformed... (read more)
Listen to the Rain
We have a screened-in sun porch where I love to sit, especially when it's raining. There's just something about the sound and smell of rain that is soothing... (read more)
The Thing about Sorrow
One minute you're sitting in a Nigerian classroom or you're running a half marathon or your family is joyfully anticipating the birth of a baby ... (read more)
A Mother's Beautiful and Tenacious Grace
Real beauty has depth. When I looked into the face of Lucy, a long-term caregiver, I saw true loveliness — carved by sacrifice and choice. In a cozy tearoom... (read more)
Take Heed!
About a month ago, I was at my daughter's house keeping my granddaughter when I saw a flash of red go past the window. When I investigated, I found... (read more)
Deep Roots
Another tree fell at our church this week. Her name was Mrs. Virginia Beasley, known to her church family as Miss Beasley. For the past 15 years... (read more)
Mountains and Mulberries
The Master of Prayer encouraged small-faith disciples to go lumber jacking after big targets. Mountains and mulberry trees seem not to have much in common, but Jesus used both ... (read more)
how to learn the language of happiness
There's sun on the snow and in the morning porridge bowls. The boys argue loud, who knows about what — sometimes we don't understand each other. Sometimes we're speaking the same language but we... (read more)
Those First 5 Years
My mother was a teacher. She told me many, many times that the first 5 years of a child's life were the most important. I knew... (read more)
Asking and Honoring
Few could disagree that he was a strange sort. His appearance alone reflected that, as did his diet of locusts. Yes, locusts. But that isn't what set... (read more)
God at Our Feet
Our friend had quadruple bypass surgery and his first hospital stay. Instead of parking in the ministers' reserved area and visiting the sick... (read more)
What Jesus Said Is a Life-Changer: The Sozo Habit
I sit at the prayer bench before my bedroom window. Outside, our boys roll millions of flakes into a snow fort. I read the passage in the Bible open in front of me, one I remember from the musty basement ... (read more)
When You're this Close to Giving up Hope
She'd dropped her voice when she told me that first Sunday of Advent that the kid had tried to kill himself. That there had been texts, photos of a... (read more)
Alms and the Red Kettle
Ouch. Ouch. Ouch. Do you ever read a scripture that has on steel-toed boots — a pair that steps on all ten toes? For several months, one such scripture traipsed... (read more)
How to Put One Foot in Front of the Other
Some guy I ran into said you should walk through life as though your feet are kissing the earth. I tell him he really shouldn't use the word should... (read more)
Pool of Mercy
Imagine you're holding your newborn son. Perfect in every way. No treasure rivals a healthy child, but a few weeks later, an uneasy feeling invades. Your son... (read more)
When You're Missing Being Loved
"Each wheat head is full this year — large. Like that year when you were in France." He pulls out a long, slender stalk — shows me the wheat kernels filled... (read more)
The Real Love Stories... and Why There Really Are No Blurred Lines
It was the music pumping through the speakers at the optometrist's that made me see you clear for who you are. The lyrics kept thrumming loud when I was... (read more)
Living the ultimate Romance
I watch you in the kitchen, slicing up a pie, summer evening sloping gold across your face. How do you know... (read more)
The Prize
There are times in our lives when troubles seem to fall faster than raindrops from a summer shower. There are times when we feel... (read more)
The 'How!' for hard Days
Ken opened wide the front door so I could wheel out to the van. For a long moment I sat squarely in the door frame, staring and taking it all in: the shade tree... (read more)
Where Is Your Olive Oil?
I was sitting in my makeshift office one day lamenting over my financial state. After being laid off from a job I held for eight years, I had decided to go into... (read more)
WOOHOO! Let's Do this Thing!
Adventure! "Woo-Hoo! Let's Do This Thing!" Adventure... — Risk-taking, danger, a bold and wild and exciting undertaking... (read more)
No More Miss Nice Girl!
I'll never forget this extremely cool guy I was into when I was nineteen and stationed in Germany. What's-His-Name (I can't actually remember his name) was a... (read more)
Why Faith Is an Answer to Prayer and Prayer Is an Answer to Faith
Imagine if each time you had the urge to text, tweet, email, log onto Facebook, or phone a friend to share some heartfelt need, you stopped and prayed instead. Really prayed, trusting God to answer. That's ... (read more)
The Second Batch
Imagine you are a seven-and-a half-year-old named Eleanor. You have brown, mid-length hair with matching brown eyes. Your grandmother... (read more)
Boy vs. Coffee Mug
Mindless destruction irritates me. Which was all well and good until... Enter Boy. Boy was born with tendencies that could be written into quotes... (read more)
The Work of My Father
I listened as a gifted speaker told a story of when she was a young child. Her grandfather would wake her up early... (read more)
Writing on Tablets
I love being a writer, but it always leads to one fateful question: "What are you writing?" I used to be able to answer that. I could give you the ... (read more)
The Highest Compliment
Any husband who has told his pregnant wife — especially while she is in childbirth — "I know how you... (read more)
Beloved!
It really is in the whisper. If I could sum up my experience last week at Scarritt-Bennett in Nashville, it would be that God is with us. Of course that is what ... (read more)
Oprah and a Big Orange Pot
After 25 years, yesterday was the airing of the last episode of the Oprah Winfrey television show. Everything has a beginning and an end ... (read more)
Something Fresh
Most of us enjoy things that are fresh. There’s nothing quite like that first cup of coffee in the morning. Don't you enjoy wearing something ... (read more)
Is Praying it Safe Best?
It's easy to throw up cotton candy prayers that lack substance in traffic, in the shower, or as we run out the door to work. It's easy to stay on the ... (read more)
I'll Take My Two Talents!
How much time do we waste wondering about the breadth and depth of our individual gifts — asking God over and over, from every angle... (read more)
Even When the Rain Falls
Over the last several months I have become even more aware of the power of sin. We all have experienced it ... (read more)
More Than a Matter of Taste
Have you noticed how we consumers are being swayed into buying products by the advertisers? There's a psychology behind ... (read more)
Dandelions: Cheerful & Prolific
If a vote were taken by property owners as to which weed they disliked the most, dandelions would probably ... (read more)
Risky Gratitude
Every day, thousands of young girls pretend that Barbie dolls and Disney princesses meet the man of their dreams, marry, and ... (read more)
Limitless Mercy
I am continuing to read The Return of the Prodigal Son by Henri Nouwen. I am currently reading about ... (read more)
A Little Something Extra
It's nice to get a little something extra, isn't it? During my mother's "letter-writing" days, she always tucked a ... (read more)
Uncertainty: Defuse Your Anxiety by Looking Out for Others
I wasn't five minutes into the film before I felt something deep inside of me rebel. That "foreshadowing" device ... (read more)
Less of Me
Every year I make New Year's resolutions and every year I break them, so this year I'm trying something different ... (read more)
Creative Christmas Letters?
Most people enjoy getting into the Christmas spirit by decorating, shopping and participating in Christmas programs... (read more)
Tested and Approved
You can go to the grocery store and find everything from cereal to steak that has an official stamp of approval by some vendor or government... (read more)
Safety, Beauty, and Power
It had been a hot, difficult week of work for the teens on the mission trip. The other sponsors and I were just ... (read more)
It's About Time
It was time. My little-league-toting, gas-guzzling SUV was making a noise that let us know its days were ... (read more)


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