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Friday, May 14
MY OLDEST GRANDSON, WESLEY, WAS turning sixteen and our large, rambunctious clan had gathered to celebrate him. Wes ran track, had good grades, played guitar, and was about to get his driver’s license. That last part worried me. Teen drivers often dr
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Thursday, June 17
MY DAD WAS A TORMENTED writer, an alcoholic who shunned religion until his deathbed. His antique desk, intricately carved and inlaid with mother-of-pearl now stands in my living room, a veritable monument to the art of writing. A tarnished old key gr
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Thursday, May 20
MOVING IS NEVER EASY, AND moving to Florida two years ago was extra hard. Apart from the usual stress, it all happened so quickly, leaving little time to process, pack, and plan. I found and made an offer on a house over a weekend, uncertain I was ma
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Friday, June 25
WHEN TRAVELING THE BACKROADS OF North Carolina with a friend, we stopped at historical markers, adding time and enjoyment to the trip. Nearing our destination, we drove past a marker that read, “Pon Pon Chapel of Ease.” We looked at each other. My fr
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Sunday, May 23
ON A LOVELY SPRING DAY, my hubby and I stopped at a local park. Volunteer gardeners who maintain the park were hosting a plant sale. Unlike at a garden center, most of the green seedlings didn’t have photos of what they would grow into. Most had only
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Wednesday, May 26
AS A HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMAN, my oldest granddaughter, Lacey, signed up for theater class and joined the drama club. In the fall, the class began preparing a short play for the regional competition. Lacey decided to try out just to gain auditioning expe
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Tuesday, May 18
WHEN HEALTH ISSUES FORCED ME to give up gardening in my beloved vegetable garden, I mourned. I loved pulling funny-shaped carrots from the soil, loved the smell of tomato plants on my hands, and loved kneeling in the warm earth as I weeded, butterfli
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Sunday, June 13
RAIN BLURRED THE WINDSHIELD AS we drove home. The road was slick; highway traffic, cautious. Suddenly a car zoomed past us and the two trucks ahead. It swerved into our lane and cut off the first truck. Both vehicles stopped abruptly to avoid a colli
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Saturday, May 22
IN MAY 1983, MY HUSBAND, young sons, and I set out for our first visit with our families since moving to the Midwest six months earlier. Unfortunately, our air conditioning stopped working two hours into the trip. I was hot, miserable, and grumpy unt
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Saturday, May 8
TODAY ON MOTHER’S BIRTHDAY, I thank Jesus for the legacy she left with her journals—thirty years’ worth. For months, I couldn’t look at them. Then one day I opened one of them from 1990. Mother and Daddy had both endured cancer, and the entries I rea
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Monday, June 7
RECENTLY, A FRIEND OF MINE experienced an unexpected, life-changing setback. In an instant, her world was flipped upside-down. As she struggled with loss, her family and I helped in small ways, such as walking the dog, visiting her, or simply sitting
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Monday, May 10
IT WAS A TYPICAL MOTHER’S Day for me. As usual, I didn’t get to be around anyone who shares my DNA. The best parts of the day were the phone calls to four different cities that allowed me to talk with my three children and my own mom. I couldn’t help
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Sunday, June 6
OUR FAMILY IS EMBARKING ON a new adventure. After fourteen years of living in California, we are moving to the foothills of Boise, Idaho. This past week, my husband, Scott, a full-time pastor and part-time marketer, accepted a job at a tech company,
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Thursday, May 6
IS HOPE EVER A BAD shopping decision? At a bookstore hours from home, I noticed the word hope in a beautiful script font on the wall, high above the shelves of books and racks of cards and gift items. It was an exact duplicate of a sign I have, but t
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Father’s Day, Sunday, June 20
FATHER’S DAY CAN BE BITTERSWEET for me. I joyfully celebrate my husband’s loving fatherhood, but I sometimes grieve for my own father and the father I didn’t have. My dad was a remarkable man: charming, funny, brilliant, and full of life but also a d
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Saturday, June 26
THIS WEEKEND, I VISITED A new friend at her beachfront home. The tide in the harbor appeared nonexistent, almost as smooth as glass. I relished sitting in her Adirondack chair, peace skimming over me as gently as the water lapping at the seawall. The
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Thursday, May 27
I RECENTLY SAW A DECORATIVE sign with the familiar message “Home Sweet Home.” I smiled. That message carries a whole new meaning since my life became so transient. In the last year, I’ve averaged about only half of each month at home due to ministry
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Monday, June 28
WHEN MY HUSBAND JEFF AND I saw the SOLD sign on the house across the street, we cheered! We’d missed the large, lively family who’d moved away, and we were anxious to meet our new neighbors. When newlyweds Tim and Virginia, along with their big frien
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Thursday, May 13
ONE MORNING MY DAUGHTER, HOLLY, helped my eight-year-old grandson straighten up his room. Later that day, she glanced in Roman’s room and found it a wreck. Several books had been pulled off the shelf; some were turned upside down to mark the spot whe
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Monday, May 3
AS OUR BUS NEARED THE entrance of the orphanage in Uganda, we heard cheering. We rounded the corner to see hundreds of kids shouting and waving at us. They chased our bus yelling, “Muzungu, hi!” (Muzungu means “traveler” in Swahili). The joy of these
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Tuesday, May 11
LIKE MANY WOMEN, HANNAH AGONIZED in prayer for a child. When little Samuel was born, she responded in remarkable ways. She rejoiced, and her beautiful song of praise is recorded in Scripture. She also gave her precious son to God’s service. And she c
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Wednesday, May 12
MY CROSSWORD PUZZLE CLUE WAS “a four-letter word for foul mood.” Ha, that was easy: snit! The perfect word to describe my mood yesterday. You’ve heard the old saying, “A face only a mother could love?” Yesterday I was a person only Jesus could love.
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Saturday, June 12
I RETURNED FROM SPEAKING AT a women’s retreat, filled to overflowing. We were strangers at the start of the retreat, but fast friends at the end. We were from different denominations but shared the most important common ground—our love for Jesus. In
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Monday, June 14
“THIS HOUSE IS IN YOUR price range, and it’s been on the market for a while.” The realtor ushered us into a dark kitchen. Battered avocado-colored appliances were wedged against a grimy brick wall. A strange plastic sliding barrier outlined a tiny ea
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Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9
IF YOU ARE A MOTHER or mother figure to someone today, know that your heavenly Father sees you, loves you, and greatly honors you! My husband and I do not have biological children together yet, but when I received my first-ever Mother’s Day card from
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A Note From The Editor
MY HUSBAND AND I were on a flight a few years ago, and a wonderful little girl sat behind us. She was just seven years old but was traveling alone for the sixth time, and she simply loved to fly. Super precocious, she talked the entire flight to the
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Tuesday, May 4
AUTHORS, LIKE PREACHERS, OFTEN SHARE the truths they need to practice in their own lives. I discovered this fact when I wrote Hello, Beautiful! Finally Love Yourself Just As You Are. Over the course of a year, my coauthor, Beth Gormong, and I wrote s
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Monday, May 17
HAVE YOU EVER FELT TONGUE-TIED? Perhaps you approached your employer to ask for a raise. You longed for someone to stand beside you and make your case because all the words you planned had slipped from your mind. Or perhaps you faced a difficult conv
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Wednesday, May 5
I LIVE IN A PARADISE for beach lovers. Our family’s regular beach is Honeymoon Island, which has topped several “Best Beach” lists over the years and is a mere fifteen-minute drive from our house. But it’s a deceptively rough-looking route to get the
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Saturday, May 15
I’M WAITING FOR THE ELECTRICITY to kick on. Like many others in our neighborhood who survived a massive storm, my husband and I are living a back-to-basics life. Temporarily disconnected from traditional sources of communication, work, leisure, and e
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