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Our Journey with Jason

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 a murder and you and your husband were interviewed.” By this time a few curious bystanders were tuning in to this unexpected conversation. Now all of them were staring at me, waiting for a response. “Yes, that was our family on the program,” I admitted.

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He Holds My Hand

  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 you wanted an answer from God, but didn’t know where to turn? I’ve been there.  When my son was arrested for a serious crime after I’d tried to be the best mother I could be, I felt alone. Angry. Hurt. Fearful. Disappointed in God. Those

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No More Perfect Mentors

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 with intergenerational mentoring in my family of origin, but not everyone has that benefit. My Mama (pictured with four of her daughters and a niece) was a godly mentor to us. At the retreat I heard a testimonial by a young woman named Jordyn Baker

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Learning to Follow His Voice

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 staff members arrived a day early and went to every meeting room and prayed that God would give the speakers clarity of mind as they presented their workshops and that each participant would receive what he or she most needed. The notebook of every attendee

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Visiting My Son in Prison

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 place?” Before he could answer, my finger dislodged a piece of someone’s dried-out, leftover food from the tabletop. “This is so disgusting!” I blurted out, referring to the crud on the table. Then I realized it was even more revolting that I was picking at

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Hello, Beauty Full

It’s always a privilege to recommend outstanding books to my readers.  My friend, Elisa Morgan, is currently the host of the syndicated radio program, “Discover the Word” and she is the much-loved former CEO of MOPS International.  Her latest book is titled Hello, Beauty Full and I highly recommend it.  Here, in Elisa’s own words, you’ll learn more about this excellent new resource: Most of us don’t think we’re beautiful. In fact, a recent poll revealed that 96% of women globally would never use the word beautiful to describe themselves.[i] Even women who know they are made in the image

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