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“Fear Not!”

In October of 2000, I was ready to give birth to our first born son, Jonathan. The day before Jonathan was born, my contractions were 5-7 minutes apart but

Witnessing a Miracle

We were having a wonderful time of connecting with the families staying at Hope Church during a recent hosting week for Families Moving Forward. One evening I asked

How Do We Respond?

As I write, it is early morning, Wednesday, November 9. The American people have elected Donald J. Trump to be the 45th President of the United States of

Glad and Generous Hearts

Our married lives began when Bert was in the Marine Corps and I had just graduated from college. We soon transitioned to being graduate students. It was a challenge

Just Vote Your Conscience

Just vote your conscience. Sounds simple enough . . . until you realize that your conscience is poles apart from your friend’s conscience. Perhaps “the Romans 14 principle”

Place of the Wind

My hometown’s name means “place of the wind.” I loved the sound of wind rustling through the trees and the air currents rushing down the escarpment with the

Purposeful Pruning

Today a professional tree service came to our home to prune two of our trees, an ash in our front yard and a maple in the back. It

Surpassing Worth

For the last several months, I have been trying to wrap my mind around this one thing: “If I had everything I wanted but didn’t have Jesus, I

Love That’s Never Normal

Church community isn’t normal.It isn’t normal to walk into a new place and be greeted with love, acceptance, understanding, and grace.It isn’t normal to be wanted, or for