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Tuesday, May 11
LIKE MANY WOMEN, HANNAH AGONIZED in prayer for a child. When little Samuel was born, she responded in remarkable ways. She rejoiced, and her beautiful song of praise is recorded in Scripture. She also gave her precious son to God’s service. And she c
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Wednesday, May 12
MY CROSSWORD PUZZLE CLUE WAS “a four-letter word for foul mood.” Ha, that was easy: snit! The perfect word to describe my mood yesterday. You’ve heard the old saying, “A face only a mother could love?” Yesterday I was a person only Jesus could love.
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Saturday, June 12
I RETURNED FROM SPEAKING AT a women’s retreat, filled to overflowing. We were strangers at the start of the retreat, but fast friends at the end. We were from different denominations but shared the most important common ground—our love for Jesus. In
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Monday, June 14
“THIS HOUSE IS IN YOUR price range, and it’s been on the market for a while.” The realtor ushered us into a dark kitchen. Battered avocado-colored appliances were wedged against a grimy brick wall. A strange plastic sliding barrier outlined a tiny ea
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Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9
IF YOU ARE A MOTHER or mother figure to someone today, know that your heavenly Father sees you, loves you, and greatly honors you! My husband and I do not have biological children together yet, but when I received my first-ever Mother’s Day card from
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A Note From The Editor
MY HUSBAND AND I were on a flight a few years ago, and a wonderful little girl sat behind us. She was just seven years old but was traveling alone for the sixth time, and she simply loved to fly. Super precocious, she talked the entire flight to the
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Tuesday, May 4
AUTHORS, LIKE PREACHERS, OFTEN SHARE the truths they need to practice in their own lives. I discovered this fact when I wrote Hello, Beautiful! Finally Love Yourself Just As You Are. Over the course of a year, my coauthor, Beth Gormong, and I wrote s
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Monday, May 17
HAVE YOU EVER FELT TONGUE-TIED? Perhaps you approached your employer to ask for a raise. You longed for someone to stand beside you and make your case because all the words you planned had slipped from your mind. Or perhaps you faced a difficult conv
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Wednesday, May 5
I LIVE IN A PARADISE for beach lovers. Our family’s regular beach is Honeymoon Island, which has topped several “Best Beach” lists over the years and is a mere fifteen-minute drive from our house. But it’s a deceptively rough-looking route to get the
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Saturday, May 15
I’M WAITING FOR THE ELECTRICITY to kick on. Like many others in our neighborhood who survived a massive storm, my husband and I are living a back-to-basics life. Temporarily disconnected from traditional sources of communication, work, leisure, and e
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Friday, June 11
I SCURRIED DOWN THE POLISHED mahogany staircase, with my daughter Melissa’s bridal gown draped over one arm and her veil over the other. The next thing I knew, I lay sprawled in a crumpled heap at the bottom of the stairs. I couldn’t move my arm, and
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Wednesday, June 9
OUR FRIENDS HAD JUST GOTTEN a new fishing boat and invited us on an outing. The forecast was sketchy: storms would be skirting our fishing grounds throughout the day. We delayed our departure, hoping it would clear but ended up heading out in the ove
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Tuesday, June 15
HOW HAD THE DAY GOTTEN away from me? It was almost dusk, and I hadn’t exercised. With darkness encroaching, it was too risky to ride my bicycle, so I’d walk. I grabbed my headphones and set out, anxious to catch up on the news of the day as I exercis
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June
Live in each season as it passes: breathe the air…taste the fruit. HENRY DAVID THOREAU ■
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Saturday, May 1
MY DRIVE INTO WORK TAKES me down the California coastline. The view is spectacular. The cliffs to my right disappear into the crashing waves below. As I drop into the small coastal valley, the beach curves past the mountain range that frames the seas
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Wednesday, June 30
FOR THE FIRST TIME IN twenty-two years of marriage, my husband, Scott, and I are buying a house. We are moving 637 miles northeast of the California coast to Idaho. It is brand new house that is twice the size of the midcentury rental we live in. It
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Tuesday, June 8
JUST SAY “NO.” I REMEMBER this phrase plastered as a slogan on posters around my high school. Saying “no” was believed by authority figures to be a talisman that would ward off all manner of teenage vices. Later I built on the power of “no” as I incr
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Sunday, June 27
I WILL NEVER FORGET THE video a church member shared one Sunday after returning from a missions trip to Africa. First, he described the harsh conditions these believers faced: extreme poverty, persecution for their beliefs, and threats of violence. T
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Tuesday, June 29
I GRABBED MY COMPUTER BAG and dashed out the door. I had a two-hour work window because my son Jake offered to watch our new pup, Ody. I had already played with him, fed him, and walked him a few times. I didn’t have the chance to shower, but I had d
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Saturday, May 29
IT’S A TIME OF TRANSITION for our family. My oldest daughter, Grace, just graduated from high school. This whole year has been a series of last times, juxtaposed with all of the possibilities open to her for the future. I’ve been a bit of a train wre
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Wednesday, June 2
MY JOB AS A MIDDLE school teacher this year was both exciting and challenging. Its challenges took a toll on my family life. I was exhausted by the time I got home. Stress affected my relationship with Scott and the boys. My inability to cope left me
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Tuesday, June 22
MY HUSBAND, GENE, AND I had just returned from Slovakia where we’d helped host an English-learning evangelistic family camp. We’d come home tired, and jetlag added to our fatigue. So did thinking about our upcoming schedule. It included hosting eveni
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Tuesday, May 25
BECAUSE OF MY MOTHER’S HISTORY, I get an annual mammogram at MD Anderson Cancer Prevention Center. Some years back, a doctor asked if I’d participate in a study for women at low-risk for ovarian cancer. It would require blood to be drawn once a year
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Wednesday, June 16
“IF HE WERE MY DOG, I wouldn’t want him to suffer anymore,” our vet advised tenderly. It was time to say goodbye to our thirteen-year-old Labrador. I’d been holding back tears, but when the vet spoke those words, I felt them slip down my cheeks. I lo
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Friday, June 18
CONFESSION TIME: I JUST NOW used a rubber spatula to scrape ice cream off the sides of its paper carton and eat it. Even though it’s late afternoon. Even though I had a bowl of the black walnut ice cream this morning. I can explain. My freezer drawer
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Wednesday, May 19
EVERY SPRING OUR MISSIONS STAFF gathers for a conference somewhere in Eastern Europe to provide encouragement through networking, participating in corporate worship and Bible teaching, and hearing stories about what God is doing through one another’s
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Sunday, May 16
THIS SPRING, MY SIXTH-GRADE BIBLE class put on a play about the prophet Jonah for our middle school. My friend Alexis was the director. A theater arts major in college, she brought all her gifts to the table: creativity, humor, drama, and fantastic s
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Thursday, June 24
SINCE MOVING INTO THE MARINA, we’ve intentionally built relationships by being hospitable and helping with fix-it jobs on our neighbors’ boats. We’ve made lots of friends, but we’ve yet to find another believer. Our neighbors’ lives are difficult and
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Thursday, June 10
MY CREDIT CARD BILL THIS month was three times larger than usual. When I lamented to my husband, he tried to reassure me. “You had several large ministry expenses, Jeanette.” But I knew better. For me, overspending is what the writer of Hebrews calls
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Tuesday, June 1
I CAN STILL FEEL THE warmth of that freshly baked cookie in my hands. It was the perfect accompaniment to my second cup of coffee that morning as I prepared to facilitate a brainstorming workshop a few weeks ago. Days earlier, the retreat team had in
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