Looking Back with Gratitude, Looking Forward with Confidence

When Abraham Lincoln declared Thanksgiving a national holiday, our country was in the middle of the Civil War.  Loved ones wereIMG_0930 Autum being lost daily on the battlefields in America and our country was being torn apart and full of uncertainty. It seemed there was little to be thankful for.  Yet Lincoln saw the need to seek God and be thankful for His mercy and provision during the hard times, and ask for our country’s healing and prosperity in the future.  It was a declaration of hope and trust in God that despite the turmoil in the present, God would faithfully work out His plan for the future.

Every year since, we’ve taken a day off to gather together in our homes and local communities for a special meal. We remember friendships, prosperities, and significant events that have shaped us. Some years the holidays are marked with gladness; other years they’re marked with heaviness and we may be going through painful experiences.  But every year, whether we are able to acknowledge it or not, God has been faithful to us.
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Ashely Madison: A Late Night Come-On

Scared Girl

I was up a little late one night watching CNN waiting for a phone call from my husband, who was on the road to a speaking engagement. As the commercial came on, I got up to get a glass of water and did a double-take. In mid-step, my jaw dropped. Did I just hear what […]

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Grace and Frankie: What’s So Funny?


“’He is making a joke, no,’ Will said. ‘But he likes to think he is making a joke, yes.” – John Flanagan, The Emperor of Nihon-Ja We’re think laughing at someone’s pain is nothing more than petty cruelty, and we think most people agree.

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Three Obstacles to True Forgiveness

Barbed Wire

For a wife who is dealing with her husband’s sexual sin, part of the process of forgiveness includes coming to an understanding of what she has truly lost by the betrayal, and then beginning to release the debt of the offense against her. If she doesn’t go through this process, I’m not sure she can truly say “from her heart” […]

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Cultivating your BFFs

women friends

A few years ago, there was a short-lived reality show called My New BFF, where young women competed for the privilege of being Paris Hilton’s “New Best Friend Forever”.  It was a one-sided proposition where Paris the celebrity, auditioned those eager to earn the privilege of entering her world. The title of Friend came at […]

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