Once we got through the shocking reality of the arrest, conviction, and sentencing of our son, we had a big decision to make. Would we hide as much of the story as possible, hoping no one in our work, church, and social circles would hear about it? Or would we bring up the subject honestly,…

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The woman in the department store stared at me as I was making my purchase. “Have we met before?” she asked. Nothing about her looked familiar. “I don’t think so,” I responded. She continued to concentrate on my face and then loudly exclaimed, “I do know you! I saw you on television. Your son committed…

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  Have you ever been desperate to hear God’s voice? Has daily life ever felt so demanding you weren’t sure what to do next? Has your phone rung in the middle of the night with unexpected news about a loved one? Has the diagnosis from the doctor brought a sense of fear or unrest? Have…

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Do you think you need to wait until your life is perfect before you become a mentor?  I recently spoke at a retreat where I was struck with the age diversity in the group.  There were teens, young adult single women, new moms with their babies, along with middle-aged and older women. I was blessed…

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Most of you know my favorite event of the year is the Speak Up Conference.  Earlier this month our 2016 equipping event was held in Grand Rapids, MI.  Attendees gathered from twenty-seven states and Canada with a single purpose—to follow God’s leading in their lives to hone their speaking or writing skills. Some of our…

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I was sitting in the visitation room, picking at the broken tabletop as I talked to my son. At that time, we were approaching sixteen years of visiting Jason, both in jail and in multiple prisons. I asked him, “What is the single most important thing—besides Jesus— that helps you keep your sanity in this…

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