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One Little Thing

One Little Thing

Last summer, I was sitting on the screen porch working on my Bible Study lesson, and a minuscule bug crawled across the page. I’m incredibly brave when it comes to small bugs, so I squished it. (Please don't report me to PETA.) What I discovered was this: little tiny...

Praying Friends

Praying Friends

As I was settling into my Monday morning work routine, a friend approached me and announced, “I prayed for you on my way to work today.” I’m always grateful for prayer and told her so. It was a great start to the workweek. Her church had been given a challenge the...

It’s Always There

It’s Always There

The leaves have changed once again. I savor every minute of this breathtaking season, taking frequent walks. As we were meandering through the neighborhood recently, my kids asked me why the leaves turn colors. I inadequately stumbled over a crude explanation and...

20/20

20/20

How is your vision? Do you see clearly? 20/20. When I used to hear this, what came to mind was good vision and being able to see clearly—something that people who didn’t need glasses or contacts had. They could see both far away and close up. Seeing clearly is a gift,...

Expect the Unexpected

Expect the Unexpected

So often the struggles we have in our relationships and circumstances are unexpected and even shocking. The unexpected hurts, disappointment, and loneliness can feel as if they are here to stay. Rest assured, God is not surprised and he knows how to redeem any...

The Jennifer Jones Principle

The Jennifer Jones Principle

I’ve always said that my husband could never work from home. He’s far too social to feel fulfilled home officing. And, if I’m being honest, we’re both too high strung, strong-willed, and opinionated to ever be relationally successful working in the same vicinity all...

Helping After Loss – The Power of Presence

Helping After Loss – The Power of Presence

“I just don’t know what to say . . .” This is by far the most common comment I hear from my fans as we talk about helping a friend who has experienced a death loss. Even though I lost my mom when I was 13, for the longest time I still wasn’t sure what to say to other...

Don’t Settle for Close Enough

Don’t Settle for Close Enough

We have a lovely three-season porch where we eat most of our meals in the summer. It's also where I go to pray and read in the mornings. I have a lovely view of the lake and can breathe the cool morning air . . . it's comfortable . . . it's convenient . . . it's...

6 Books to Lift Your Spirits

6 Books to Lift Your Spirits

I don’t know about you, but sometimes I just need a funny or feel-good book to lighten my mood a bit. This has never been truer than it is now, during this whole COVID season of life. If I start a book and it looks even remotely depressing, I’ll put it down and move...

5 Ways to Be Proactive Over Loneliness

5 Ways to Be Proactive Over Loneliness

A survey conducted well before the pandemic found that 75% of American adults feel lonely. Although I am sure we all understand the term loneliness, I found the dictionary definition to be enlightening. Webster defines loneliness as: sadness because one has no friends...

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