OPEN LETTER TO CHRISTY BEAM

OPEN LETTER TO CHRISTY BEAM

Dear Christy, Pain, as least as I see it, is like the wind. It can’t be seen or touched but it can be deeply felt. Sometimes it flows in like a soft breeze gently announcing its presence. Other times, it comes out of nowhere and like a tornado, spins violently leaving destruction in its wake.…

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A SIMPLE SMILE

A SIMPLE SMILE

If you are like me, most lessons are learned the hard way. I recently wrote an article about such a lesson for a wonderful website called Just 18 Summers. It’s entitled, Look What I Did and tells of a time when the Lord chastened me for sending my son away when he needed me. As…

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BEGIN AGAIN

BEGIN AGAIN

With complete amazement, I recently shared on Facebook, “I am thrilled to announce that I just signed with Cyle Young at Hartline Literary Agency to write my first book. My heart is beyond overwhelmed by God’s great grace.” I can hardly believe it myself! How can this be? “There will come a time when you…

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WHILE WE WAIT

WHILE WE WAIT

“Waiting on God requires the willingness to bear uncertainty, to carry within oneself the unanswered question, lifting the heart to God about it whenever it intrudes upon one’s thoughts.” Elisabeth Elliot Waiting is so hard and there is no stage in life where it’s not required. We’ve all witnessed a toddler’s tantrum as they engage…

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UPSIDE DOWN AND BACKWARDS

UPSIDE DOWN AND BACKWARDS

As I jotted the last word in my fifteenth journal to God, I grabbed a new one from the bookshelf this week. New journals always inspire and delight my soul. Pages lay empty. Line after line waiting to be filled. Love Himself meets me here and our relationship is deepened. Free to pour from the…

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BOLDLY BROKEN

BOLDLY BROKEN

I’m scared. Can I say that? I’m hurting. I need to say that. I’m willing to bet you are too. For different reasons perhaps but either way, hurt hurts. A friend of mine, Bob Hostetler, recently delivered a life changing key note speech that flung open any doors my heart secretly tried to keep hidden.…

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IN BATTLE

IN BATTLE

  “In preparing for battle, I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” Dwight Eisenhower I planned to take Elijah to the EOE specialist today. His appointment was scheduled nearly two weeks ago and since then, I’ve watched and listened as he moaned in pain. Daily reminding him we were one…

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A DIAGNOSIS

A DIAGNOSIS

“Hi Mrs. Daruk, this is Dr. Anderson from the gastroenterology clinic. Elijah’s biopsy results are back.” Usually her assistants call me. Something must have shown up. “I believe we’ve found the source of Elijah’s pain. It turns out he has a rare immune disorder called Eosinophilic Esophagitis.” she continued. EOE for short. “He had a lot of eosinophils present…

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WHEN THINGS DON’T GET BETTER

WHEN THINGS DON’T GET BETTER

In a recent post entitled Provision & Praise, I shared God’s faithfulness during my son Elijah’s emergency room visit several weeks ago. What began as a seemingly acute bout of stomach pain that was rather simple to diagnose and treat, is now much more. Week one came and went and I thought he turned the…

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