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Pregnant With Hope

Pregnancy, by and large, is a phenomenon that happens to a woman. The moment of conception, gender, hair color, and even moment of birth are completely out of the mother’s control. The mother who is expecting a child wields very little – if any – control over the pregnancy, yet a tremendous amount of influence over it. The choices she makes in a myriad of little things yield drastic differences....

What Little League Taught Me About Faith

A soft breeze, warm with the heat of an Arizona October, brushes my face. The scent of stale popcorn, bubble gum, and dust hangs in the air. I squint against the bright sunlight and scan the field. Ah! There he is. My 6-year-old-the-size-of-a-9-year-old has assumed the ready position way out in left field. Again. Never mind the pitcher hasn’t even made it to the mound yet, and that this is his third time in...

Does Your Heart need a Total Christmas Makeover?

I absolutely love Christmas. I always have. This year, however, as the blessed day draws nearer, I feel a tightening in my chest. A heaviness settling on my shoulders and my teeth grind just a bit harder. I feel it…the suffocating pressure for a solid Christmas “performance” in my home. I don’t usually feel this way, but I think the year of working full time outside the home for the first...

The Blessing of A Bloom

This post first appeared on my old blog a few years ago. It’s message resonated with me today, so I wanted to share it with you again. We planted it back at the beginning of summer. Along with the strawberries that never quite made it, and the sweet pea that bloomed in beauty. It was the first of the three plants to sprout, and the excitement was palpable. Day after day we’d rush to the pot to see what...

When You’re Missing Out on the Blessing

The air hung thick and hot as the sun beat down on my face. The usually dry heat so familiar to this place had given way to a muggy and heavy blanket tucked over the city. On the horizon, circling all around our neighborhood, clouds towered high. Thunderheads rose tall and powerful, teasing with the promise of the sweet relief of rain. Rain that would never come. In the small towns surrounding us, at least a few...

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