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Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.

Mark 10:15

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When I answered the phone and heard the frantic edge in my husband’s voice saying, “I’m okay! I’m okay!” I knew he was not okay.


My husband has had heart problems for years. I know a lot about irregular heartbeats, a fib, cardio versions, heart ablations, and defibrillators. When his heart is not in a normal rhythm, he experiences a shortness of breath, extreme fatigue, lightheadedness, and cannot climb even a few stairs without wheezing. That is normal for us when he is in a fib. But we soon learned that this time around, he was also dealing with a drastic drop in blood pressure – to the point that he blacks out for a minute or two.


Dan was

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“See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.”

Hebrews 12:15

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I grew up drinking from a bitter cup.


Brewing daily in my childhood home was a large vat of bitterness. The longer it was left to ferment, the stronger the brew became. Because my mother drank from it on a daily basis, her bitterness began to grow roots—bitter roots. Pouring me a cup from her portion of bitter poison, she would share her deepest pain with me, how victimized she felt, and how crippled her emotions had become.


Granted, my mother’s life had been troubled. Her father was physically abusive to the members of her family—herself included. As a result, her self-esteem was very poor and she suffered with fear, anxiety, and depression…and anger. Lots and lots of anger. My

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Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

Hebrews 11:1

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Nori is our youngest grandchild. Her blue eyes, quick smile, and spunky personality will capture your heart in a split second. But one of the things I love most about Nori is the faith she has in her daddy. It is the kind of faith I want to have in my God.


Our son Jered is a construction project manager and a master carpenter. Since he was a little boy, he has loved building and repairing things. That love has grown into a profession that now provides for his family.


One Sunday all of the kids and grandkids were at our house for lunch. The six grandkids were playing in our basement while the adults visited upstairs. Suddenly I heard

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Today’s Truth

But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him.

Luke 10:33

Friend to Friend


Four months ago, my friend Ashley moved away. I have missed her terribly. It wasn’t until this week that it hit me – why her friendship is such a gift. Simply put, she has time for me.


I guess I don’t just mean time to talk on the phone, to chat over coffee, or meet up for playdates. It’s more than that; she has the mental and emotional space to love well. She’s not so stressed and consumed with her own life that she has no time or energy for anyone else. On the contrary, she has the capacity to be a good friend – to pray for me often, to remember my appointments and concerns, to process and

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Today’s Truth

‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me”

2 Corinthians 12:9

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When I was six years old, I skipped off to school with a new box of crayons, a Swiss–polka dotted dress, and fresh hope that I would be smart. But first grade only confirmed my greatest fear. I was “not enough.”


As soon as my first-grade teacher held up that initial spelling flashcard, I knew I was in trouble. We lined up our miniature wooden chairs in a row like a choo-choo train. The teacher held up a spelling flashcard for us to identify the word. If we missed the word, we had to go to the caboose. I spent most of the first grade in the caboose. I just couldn’t spell to save my life. For some reason,

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Today’s Truth

As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.

Isaiah 55:9

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Sometimes I just don’t get it. I have been a Christ follower for over 50 years, written books and devotions, and spoken for women’s conferences and events across the world. I founded Journey Ministry and serve with Sharon Jaynes and Gwen Smith as part of a ministry to women, Girlfriends in God. Over the years, God has brought me out of more pits than I can count, and I’ve been attending church since the day I was born. My faith in God should be unwavering, and I should never doubt or question Him or His plan.


But sometimes I do.


Several years ago, I received a phone call telling me that a young mother (whom we will call Sally) in

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Today’s Truth

Nevertheless, I tell you the truth: it is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you. But if I go, I will send him to you.

John 16:7

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When I was a little girl, one of the highlights of every summer was going to our family reunion at White Oak Park. I loved those reunions because there was always a seven-layer salad, yummy home- made favorites, and lots of desserts. All of us kids played fun games that filled us with laughter and drenched us in sweat. Then after the kid games were done, some adults would join us for a final competition: the tug-of-war.


When it came to tug-of-war, I had a strategy: wherever my dad went, I went. Because in my little-girl mind, he was superhuman strong. (I was ever the rational one.) Dad always positioned himself at the far end of the rope as

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Today’s Truth

Faithful are the wounds of a friend.

Proverbs 27:6

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A certain expert guide lived in the deserts of Arabia. He was known for his tracking skills. He never lost his way. The secret of his success could be found in the fact that he carried with him a homing pigeon that had a very fine cord attached to one of its legs. When he had doubts as to which path to take, he threw the bird into the air. The pigeon quickly strained at the cord to fly in the direction of home, leading the guide accurately to his goal. Because of this unique practice, he was known as “the dove man.”


We always need connections to those who will point us in the right direction. We will

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Today’s Truth

“But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. God chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him”

1 Corinthians 1:28-29

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Many women are living in silent defeat, comparing themselves to other women who likewise are living in silent defeat. I was one of them. I’m not a good mother. I’m not a good wife. I’m not a good Christian. I’m not a good witness. I’m not a good housekeeper. I’m not a good decorator. I’m not a good cook. I’m not a good…


One by one the petals fall from the beautiful flower God created us to be. Like ticker tape, our fragmented pieces of confidence scatter over the streets as the parade passes by.


Unfortunately, I wasted many precious years held captive by the Enemy’s lies before I held up my chained hands to God and said, “I’m ready

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I am reminded of your sincere faith, which first lived in your grandmother Lois and in your mother Eunice and, I am persuaded, now lives in you also.

2 Timothy 1:5

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When my daughter Noelle was three, she would exclaim “I LOVE blueberries!” or “I LOVE tortellini!” Now at 11, she LOVES penguins. She draws penguins, buys penguins, has penguin themed birthday parties, and dreams of penguins. It’s obvious by looking in her room or backpack that she really is crazy about that flightless black and white bird.


In the same way I can spot Noelle’s zeal for penguins, I wonder if she can tell I love Jesus. Can she see from my life that I’m an all-in mom for Jesus? Does she know I’m not just a casual fan of Jesus; I’m a die-hard follower? I believe these questions matter because a mom has incredible influence over the

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