When You Are Hurting At Christmas

When You Are Hurting At Christmas

By Joni Shankles Christmas is a season of celebration. But when you are hurting, Christmas is also a season that can magnify pain or loss. An empty chair. An empty bank account. An empty soul. Celebrating is hard when your heart is breaking or your world is falling...
Choosing Trust

Choosing Trust

By Joni Shankles I am a planner by nature. My personality type loves examining possibilities, imagining all potential outcomes for a given situation. When I’m at my best, this trait helps me find creative solutions, choose the best fit plan out of many, and move...
Five Friends Every Mom Needs

Five Friends Every Mom Needs

By Joni Shankles Every mom needs friends on the motherhood journey. We need companionship and advice, a shared life and a shared faith, and the security of knowing we are not alone. I think every mom needs at least five kinds of friends along the way. You might find...
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...

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