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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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Are You Thirsty?

On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink. (Jn 7:37) If That if is almost a rhetorical question. “If” we thirst. Of course we thirst, but do we know we thirst? Do we realize how parched our…

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Many Afflictions Good Deliverer

Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the LORD delivers him out of them all. (Psalm 34:19 ESV) I’m feeling that urge to hope. That fresh-year sense that things might get better. But then I read this verse. And I remember that my Father doesn’t promise a prosperous new year. He promises the opposite….

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Emmanuel’s Story: Simeon’s Light

It’s been so long, Lord. You made a promise from before the beginning of time, and your people have waited. We need Messiah. We were cast out of the garden. Our fathers failed to obey. We continue to turn away from you. Your law only proved how wicked our hearts truly were. We can’t save…

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Emmanuel’s Story: Daniel and the Magi

We’ve come a long way in biblical history, and now because they broke the covenant, both Israel and Judah have been cast out of the Promised Land. Sad. It seemed like the end of Israel, the end of God’s blessing to his people, and the end of the promise. Ah, but even in exile, God…

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Emmanuel’s Story: We Approach the Throne

I’ve always loved the story of Cinderella. A poor, orphan girl wins the prince’s love and becomes a princess. It reminds me of my story as a bride of Christ. Before I discovered that the prince chose me, I floundered as an unwanted daughter. Without a father to love and care for me, I was…

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Emmanuel’s Story: A Gentle Whisper

Today we turn to the next person in our quick journey through the Old Testament. Remember his story? The Lord sent him to preach against the evil King Ahab and his uber-wicked wife Jezebel. During the ultimate stand-off, Elijah went against Baal’s prophets. Simple test: I’ll make an altar to my God. You make an…

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