January Joy

January Joy

By Jodie Frye A few weeks ago, I woke up to an invitation to be a beginner with my boys…at snow skiing. And though I don’t naturally gravitate towards slopes of adventure, I felt a sense of wonder at the whole thing. Besides, how bad could it be? We had a...
Fading Beauty and Durable Joy

Fading Beauty and Durable Joy

By Lee Stewart In 2018, I felt like all I did was hear about something new that was wrong with me. Nothing especially dramatic, but just enough to remind me that “outwardly we are wasting away,” and joy is more durable than youth. I’ve got a little more time left in...
The Power of a Praying Momma

The Power of a Praying Momma

By Jean Stockdale Joshua called upon two men to go and “view the land, especially Jericho” (Joshua 2:1). In light of Joshua’s own personal experience as a spy, he surely sought the counsel of the Lord and carefully chose two men of valor with stellar reputations of...
Christmas Expectations

Christmas Expectations

By Laura By the first of December, my three-year-old had already knocked over the Christmas tree.  My oldest refuses to wear the matching pajamas from his grandmother because the pants are tight. I have yet to bake a single Christmas cookie. After three years living...
Foster Care, Adoption, & Unlikely Gifts

Foster Care, Adoption, & Unlikely Gifts

By Jenny Stricklin I vividly remember reaching out to touch her for the first time, nearly 19 months ago, my shaking hands evidence of my trembling heart. She was especially fragile because of her unique health concerns, and her tiny 5lb. frame was largely hidden by...

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