Monthly Archives: May 2011

My heart is in Joplin

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”  Psalm 34:18 One week ago today, our family was gathered in our basement as the tornado sirens wailed outside.  We watched the local coverage of the storm and prayed as a tornado ravaged a section of La Crosse, ten miles to […]

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Just do it

“The Lord protects those of childlike faith; I was facing death, and he saved me.”  Psalm 116:6 (NLT) Something happens to us as we get older.  We have experiences or are affected by the experiences of people in our lives.  Innocence gives way to fear, courage gives in to caution, and trust erodes into paranoia. A […]

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My 25th anniversary of motherhood

Twenty-five years ago today, I became a mother.  This is fairly remarkable considering my son and I nearly died on this very same day. It was May 19, 1986.  I was eleven days overdue.  The doctor was predicting a 9+ pound baby.  I really had no frame of reference, so I didn’t even think about […]

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Messy mercy

I have a picture on my desk of my two oldest children.  It was taken when they were around the ages of 4 and 8.  To anyone else, it’s just a cute picture of a couple of kids.  To me, it reminds me every day to dispense mercy. You see, the picture was taken a […]

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Should Christian women vent?

As Christian women, we’ve all done it.  We do it on a regular basis.  It feels great, both during and after.  No, I’m not talking about sex…and shame on you for thinking that!   I’m talking about venting – you know, releasing frustrations and anger and saying what you REALLY think or really wanted to […]

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Hallmark doesn’t make a Mothers’ Day card for those who hurt

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he rescues those whose spirits are crushed.”  Psalm 34:18 Ah yes, Mothers’ Day.  The day of flowers, candy, cards, phone calls, and breakfast in bed.  For some of us, it’s a wonderful day of being pampered and appreciated by our families. For others, the day is difficult and filled […]

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