Craving Certainty

Craving Certainty

By Joni Shankles Like all humans, I crave certainty. I admit that in my own relentless search for predictability, I seek solace in the most unlikely things. Like math. With its rules and structure and repetitive rhythm of signs and symbols, math can exude a certain...
Faith Looks Out The Window

Faith Looks Out The Window

By Joni Shankles Take a ride in a car with a four-year-old and you may hear a thousand questions. And when you least expect it, one of those questions just might change your life. When my daughter was four, we were in the car together making the ninety-minute trek...
Why Am I So Tired?

Why Am I So Tired?

by Joni Shankles To be a mother is to be tired. From late night feedings to late night curfews, the seasons of motherhood are often punctuated by long days and short nights. But tired isn’t measured only in number of hours slept. Illness, grief, or emotional distress...
Homebound

Homebound

by Joni Shankles   The first time I can recall seeing this word in print was in the italicized typewriter script of the Wednesday night prayer bulletins at the church where I grew up. The word homebound was followed by the names of older, mostly female, church members...

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