Come to the Well

Inspired by John 4   The morning was particularly long. Her mind was tormenting her with familiar voices: You’re useless…You’d be better off if you were never born! After all, today she had forgotten to put the leaven in the bread. She hadn’t even realized she’d done this until she was cleaning up and the jar sat…
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I am PROTECTED

When you were a child, were you afraid of anything? I was terrified of drowning. I wasn’t a strong swimmer so pools frightened me. I was especially afraid of the deep end. I clung to the edge with white knuckles.    Now as a mother, I struggle through different waters. One deep water I passed…
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I Am LOVED

You are precious and honored in my sight… I love you. (Isaiah 43:4 NIV)   When I read Isaiah 43, it reads to me like a love song. It’s God speaking to His people during an incredibly difficult time in their nation’s history.   They’d been scattered from their homes. They were taken into captivity,…
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God Is FAITHFUL

In the spring of 2019, both my husband and I were working outside the home, but I was feeling an urgent tug to be at home full time for at least a couple years. We worked opposite schedules, and I was often at work during the evenings and weekends, which meant that time together as…
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The 11 Year Prayer

For 11 years I prayed that my mother-in-law would come to know Christ and that her relationship with my husband would be restored. Miraculously, just this last month, it was answered.   I would love to say that it was the result of unwavering faith, fervent prayer, and unrelenting expectation that God was going to…
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God is a GATHERER

My grandma had eight children. She was German Catholic, lived during the Great Depression, and could stretch a pound of beef like it was nobody’s business. I didn’t see her often as I grew up because she lived far away, but when I did see her at Christmas, she would hug me so fiercely and…
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My Defender

It was a day to retreat and reflect away from the kids and in the company of other moms. So there I was…waiting and expecting God to show up somehow. And suddenly, I was presented with this verse:   “The Lord will fight for you, you need only to be still” (Exodus 14:14).   “Okay…
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There’s always time…

Did you know that if a 9-year old lived on Pluto she would be 3 weeks old today? It’s true! My daughter came home from school last year and showed me this diagram:     Now before you go all crosseyed and space out (ha!) from the complicated math, or get caught up on the…
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Hope in the Wasteland

2020 was the year of unprecedented circumstances. It seemed as though every month brought a new level of distress as we endured our habitual comforts, social connection and at times, even our essentials being ripped away.    As I reflect upon the last several months, I cannot help but witness a deeper level of faith…
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Comparison is like a Spider Bite

“Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves” (Philippians 2:3).   My husband’s cousin recently had a tiny bump on his shoulder that he thought was a mosquito bite. He itched the bump a little bit, but within two days, it turned into a lesion that blistered and…
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