Don’t Judge My Bruises

A couple days ago my boy Christian slid hard on something, scraped his side leaving a tender, bruised, red raspberry. No bleeding, but the top layer of skin had definitely been rubbed off. A few hours later, I forgot about his sore and hugged him, grabbing that painful spot. My attempt to show love ended 

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Encouragement in the Fire

You let men ride over our heads; we went through fire and through water; yet you have brought us out to a place of abundance. Ps. 66:12 You let men ride over our heads What an image! To feel like you are spread out flat on a road with men trampling you. “Ride” makes me 

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Wildly Grateful

A friend let me borrow, Bold Love. As I slowly walk through this book, nuggets jump out, and Jesus is using it in my life. This week, this one took hold. We anticipate fury, yet what we find is fondness; we expect, at least, cool indifference in light of our disregard and anger, yet what we discover 

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Chosen by my King

This week I taught on the first half of the book of Esther. So rich and full of amazing pictures of God’s husband-love to me. Do you remember the story? The great emperor King Ahasaurus sends out an edict to have beautiful young virgins come to him, so he can choose a new bride. They come 

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The Hope in the Last Clause

I know that the LORD will maintain the cause of the afflicted, and will execute justice for the needy. Surely the righteous shall give thanks to your name; the upright shall dwell in your presence. (Ps. 140:12-13 ESV) So many are afflicted. Untold multitudes are hurting and persecuted and losing their lives and treated like nothing. Whichever 

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My Son’s Question about His Tomorrows

​”Mom, will they ever find a cure for diabetes?” My ten-year-old boy’s voice trembles like he’s never asked a more important question. “And if they do, will it happen before I grow up?” This disease has “ruined his life,” he tells me. And he wants to know–needs to know–if it will really last all his tomorrows. I 

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Is It Wrong to Question God?

Tears wet my ten-year-old’s face as he climbed on my bed. “What’s up, sweetie?” He squirmed a bit and his breaths became short, nervous. “I think I believe in Jesus, but sometimes I wonder, what if Jesus didn’t die on the cross for me? What if our religion is false just like all the other 

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Longing Love

Friday was my oldest son’s birthday (fifteen!). Working on my memoir about my cardiac arrest reminded me of how before he was born I ached to hold him. We had struggled with infertility and miscarriage and when I finally carried this baby to term, an incredulous gratitude emerged. Here’s an excerpt from the memoir about that time. How I 

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TV Commercial!

Hey friends! I have something exciting to share with you! I really LOVE MediShare. (It’s a healthcare sharing ministry). They have been a huge blessing to my family with our various medical issues–broken ankle, cardiac arrest, diabetes. Well, these wonderful people are doing a TV commercial about my SCA story. Yep! About me. Isn’t that cool. But 

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