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Praying for Chronic Possibilities

Filed in Encouragement, Prayer, Suffering by on February 9, 2014 6 Comments
Praying for Chronic Possibilities

A television in the far corner of the waiting room adequately occupied most of the people. The remainder thumb-punched their cell phones quietly. The weatherman said wind chill temperatures were dangerously below zero and echoed obligatory warnings that come with such a forecast. I looked out the window and watched a woman make her way […]

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A Deeper Healing by Joni E. Tada

Filed in Uncategorized by on January 24, 2014 1 Comment
A Deeper Healing by Joni E. Tada

   

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What Does Love Look Like?

Filed in Children, Devotion, Parenting by on January 15, 2014 0 Comments
What Does Love Look Like?

(This was one of the most popular posts on my original blog and since something similar happened just recently, I thought I’d repost.) A little lisp snuck up behind me at the kitchen sink and said “I have a thur-prithe (surprise) for you Mommy! Squash your eyes shut!” The out-of-breath commander just lost her first […]

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If God Says “Rest,” Please Listen

Filed in Devotion, God's Love, Ministry by on January 14, 2014 6 Comments
If God Says “Rest,” Please Listen

As I stared at the flickering cursor on a blank web page for the third day in a row, I prayed in desperation, “Lord, I’ve come all the way across the country to seek Your face, hear Your heart, finally alone and undisturbed. You miraculously provided this house for me. You gave me the most […]

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“Be Thankful It Hurts”

Filed in Encouragement, God's Love, Suffering by on January 6, 2014 6 Comments
“Be Thankful It Hurts”

“Can you feel this?” The surgeon took a needle and pricked each of my finger tips. “Only my thumb. Ouch, by the way.” I scooted closer to the edge of the examination table and crinkled the paper lining. “Well Shannon,” Dr. Maxwell replied. “After seeing both the MRI and how quickly you’ve lost feeling in […]

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Does Your Christmas List Need a Lift?

Filed in Encouragement, Suffering by on December 18, 2013 4 Comments
Does Your Christmas List Need a Lift?

Where in the world is a good, hydraulic couch cushion when you need one? I’ve finished my devotions and I can’t get up. I can envision my Christmas list in a couple of years: Replacement batteries for all seeing, hearing, and walking devices. A memo pad that sticks to the refrigerator…bathroom mirror…kitchen counter…my kid…and all […]

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Looking For God’s Samaritans

Filed in Ministry, Suffering, Uncategorized by on December 6, 2013 0 Comments
Looking For God’s Samaritans

I looked at the clock on my dashboard and white-knuckle gripped the steering wheel. Is this stop light an hour long or what? My 21-year old impatience fiddled with the radio station then marvelled at the traffic. Though I had lived in the Chicago suburbs for four years now, I still got shocked how long […]

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A Night To Remember

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A Night To Remember

I originally posted this in March of 2009 on my previous blog site, but it has become one of the most popular and top read so far. Laughter is good medicine. Since my husband and I celebrated our 14th anniversary not long ago, and I have another gift card for dinner in my purse, I […]

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Sing With Me?

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Sing With Me?

The normal “get-ready-for-bed” routine, commenced at the normal “time-to-brush-your-teeth” hour, which turned into the predictable “why-are-you-taking-so-long” follow-up. The customary “you-can’t-wear-that-to-bed” triggered the anticipated “yes-I’ll-get-your-Kermit-and-Skipper” until I finally found a little lump beneath a cozy quilt on my little girl’s bed. Breathe. “Can I lithen to that piano muthic tonight? It helpth me thleep” the lump […]

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If Pain Was A Person

Filed in Uncategorized by on December 2, 2013 0 Comments
If Pain Was A Person

I finished the dishes from lunch, wiped down the table, scratched off a foreign substance from a chair and had a glorious thought, “I feel well enough to organize my spice cabinet.” Organizing is never a curse or punishment to me. There’s some sort of warped satisfaction I get by putting things in alphabetical, numerical, […]

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