When We Feel Stuck

Sometimes I feel like I am standing in a river. I can feel the water splashing around my feet and the cold stones I’m standing on. I want to join everyone else on the shore, but my feet won’t move. I am stuck, and powerless to do anything about it. I think sometimes that is…

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Who Takes Care of You?

“Who takes care of you?” my husband asked. My first thought was, “I’m fine, I don’t need anything.” But I know that thought isn’t true. A caregiver’s strength does not come from self—it comes from the Lord. The grace and strength to carry on year after year is a blessing the Lord gives to the…

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Refusing to be Offended

Once again, we were on our way to the hospital – this time to the emergency room, my daughter in the back seat raging with fever and seizure-like chills. It seemed our car knew the way as we had made this trek one too many times over the last year battling her illness. Halfway there…

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I Will Not Be Shaken

This year’s letter couldn’t have been complete without the celebration of our 17-year-old’s health after a long medical crisis. In June we saw the surgeon for the last time and all of us rejoiced over this huge milestone. Anna’s kidney was finally completely healed! So even though, at times, I’m a little hesitant to share…

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Treasures in Darkness

Two years ago, I received a manuscript from a woman whose son was battling Leukemia. He was in the early stages of the disease and Lisa’s article shared their journey up until that point. Immediately, my mother’s heart identified with the words on the page and the anguish only a mother knows as she helplessly…

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A Remarkable Year

2016 was a remarkable year! It began on January 1st with the vision for a chronic illness ministry then step-by-step guidance from God throughout the year. When Discovering Hope was published in September, the dream of connecting 1,000 books to 1,000 precious lives was born. But could it be done? Was it possible? By mid-December…

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Sustaining Grace

One of my favorite books is The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. I’ll never forget the thrill as a young teenager of actually getting to see her in person. It was one of the highlights of my life. God recently brought to mind a heartfelt exchange in the book between Corrie and her father,…

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Christmas Cinnamon Rolls

For many people, Christmas is a time of year where reminiscences of food often come to mind. It might be baking and decorating sugar cookie cut-outs, the smell of roasted ham filling the house before Christmas dinner, fresh peeled oranges squirting everywhere on the first bite, or maybe it’s waking up to the smell of…

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A Boy Named Job

Last year I was in the waiting room of Children’s Hospital as my daughter was whisked off for yet another test. I had come in that day with a heavy heart feeling like we were back to square one after years of fighting this stubborn health battle. Sitting alone, I was sobered as child-after-child was…

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