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Major Surgery Performed by the Great Physician

Have you ever had major surgery and remember going under anesthesia? You’re lying on an operating table covered by a white sheet, in a cold room, a large overhead light glaring down on you, sterile tools and devices surrounding you. The medical team is hustling around plugging in tubes and machines are beeping while the… Continue reading Major Surgery Performed by the Great Physician

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Opening the Gate To Hope Through Shared Brokenness

What in the world is a tag line? I've been working with a public speaking coach,  Amy Carroll* who said the first thing we need to do is figure out what your tag line is. A tag line is sort of like a brand, you know like "Milk, it does a body good" or "Have it… Continue reading Opening the Gate To Hope Through Shared Brokenness

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There is Healing in Your Tears

Ever had a really good cry then said, "Wow I feel so much better?" When I first surrendered my life to Jesus I found myself crying buckets of tears.  It really bothered me! I was concerned about others seeing me and my weepy mess. One day as I was apologizing to my friend standing beside me at… Continue reading There is Healing in Your Tears

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Does It Really Matter Anyway?

With my heart pounding, I held the phone receiver to my ear rehearsing what I might say.  Finally a woman's quiet voice answered. "Hello Mrs. M.? This is Tina, Ronna's friend from second grade. "I want to thank you for caring enough to invest in my life when I was 8 years old." Forty-six years ago… Continue reading Does It Really Matter Anyway?

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Childlike Faith Is For Grown Ups

“Catch me Grandma! Catch me!”  My four-year-old granddaughter gleefully called while jumping off the porch into my arms! My heart fell to my stomach as I stretched out my arms praying I would catch her. Her carefree confidence and squeals of joy gave me the strength to reach out and catch her. Over and over… Continue reading Childlike Faith Is For Grown Ups

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Hijacked Emotions and Thoughts

Hey Mom! Is this a good time to talk?” That’s what I heard last week when I answered my phone. Sure, I always love when one of our kids calls to talk! “I know you’re just trying to help but sometimes it feels like you’re trying to take over.”  Uh oh! Maybe I don’t have… Continue reading Hijacked Emotions and Thoughts

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Living Among Heroes

Do you remember your first teacher, coach, or boss? In life we come across those who leave their fingerprints on our lives. People who make such an impression you just never forget, you might consider them heroes. Recently Tom, my husband, and I were in the store when I was reminded of how we impact… Continue reading Living Among Heroes

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Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall

What’s your favorite season of the year? My favorite is fall, or some say autumn, depends on where you grew up. I appreciate all the seasons, some more than others. Seasons represent change and newness. Seasons also testify to God’s omnipotence. Only an all-powerful God could bring a seemingly dead tree to life again or… Continue reading Winter, Spring, Summer or Fall

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In the Eye of the Storm

“Chapman take cover --- the tornado is on the ground!”  Words I will never forget! On June 11, 2008, an F3+ tornado shook our tiny town of 1,400 people while I rode it out with my husband and our son in the bathroom. It was a beautiful evening as we traveled home with friends from… Continue reading In the Eye of the Storm