Hippos and Holiness

When our only son was 18 and soon to be leaving for college, he totally surprised me and gave me a gift. It was a child’s book called “Kiss, Kiss” about a baby Hippo who runs joyfully off into the jungle, not looking back at his mom who is concerned and wonders where he went.…
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How’s Your Heart

How’s your heart? I ask my hubby and my kiddos this question on a regular basis because it helps me check into their lives on a deeper level. How’s your heart? It’s code for: How are you handling the stress of life? Are you really ok or are you just pretending to be ok? What…
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Silence is Golden

A few weeks ago, I was giving my darling three year old granddaughter a ride over to play at my home. Out of the blue her sweet voice travelled to the front of the car, and she seriously said: ”Mimi, it’s time for you to go to Heaven.” (Wait, did I hear her correctly?) “Really,…
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Loving Well

God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them. (1 John 4:16) What does it mean to love well? Have you ever pondered this question? I was recently thinking about my priorities — what I ultimately want my life to be marked by — and I decided that if the…
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A Hard Diagnosis

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11) Neuropsychologists, IEP meetings, and therapy…lots of therapy — this was not what I expected my journey of motherhood to involve. My first born son,…
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Faithfulness in the Face of Fear

For if one of them falls, the other can help him up. But it is hard for the one who falls when there is no one to lift him up. Ecclesiastes 4:10 One of the fruits of the Holy Spirit is faithfulness. As a chaplain, I have prayed with many who have had to deal…
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The Power of Encouragement

Last week, my family had an, “and then…” moment. As in everything was going great … and then it wasn’t. Overnight, life as we knew it changed. Our loss left us stunned, sad and hurt. (If you want to read my blog post about what happened, click here.) But in the midst of all the…
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Coat of Many Colors

We are always watching each other. Always. Whether we realize it or not. Have you ever met someone and just sensed that they were different? Kinder, more genuine, or authentic? Our spirit recognizes what the Bible describes as “fruits of the Holy Spirit” in others: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control…
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Teddy Graham Treasures

Christmas 1993 was an emotional season as my husband had been out of work for five months. It was a humbling time for our family, with four children age eight and under. We knew that our Father, who had the authority to change our situation in an instant (but hadn’t as of yet), was doing…
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Your Child is God’s Child

Sometimes I feel like I just can’t be good enough as a mom. I don’t have the right kind of everlasting patience, boundless energy, or the exceptional wisdom it takes to raise children well. But then my Heavenly Father nudges my heart and reminds me that these children are actually his children too. And he…
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