Category Archives: Hope

Easter Hope

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Last weekend my husband and I attended my uncle’s funeral.  He will be mightily missed, but my cousins and I had a lovely time remembering and reconnecting. Tuesday morning we all woke up to news of another devastating terror attack in … Continue reading

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How Strong is Your Vocabulary?

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How strong is your vocabulary?  (Click here to find out.)  A robust vocabulary can be an advantage in life, or at least it is in Scrabble or Words with Friends.  Some people enrich their words by doing crossword puzzles, others by learning a … Continue reading

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Lessons From Little-Known Women of the Bible: Anna

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It’s almost Thanksgiving, a day when we will simply give thanks around a table overflowing with turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberries, and other goodies.  No gifts.  No hype.  No countdown, unless you’re the one hosting a large crowd for the day, and even that is a joy. … Continue reading

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Barreling Through

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I’ve noticed a common feature in my handling of major health problems: I barrel through them with an attitude of I can’t even believe that happened to me and it’s messing up my plans. When I had cancer, nine years ago, my approach … Continue reading

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We Fail; God is Faithful

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How many of us can claim to always have made good decisions, to have consistently been kind, thoughtful and considerate of other people, and to have honored God above ourselves?  Obviously, that is a rhetorical question. We fail.  Regularly.  Thank … Continue reading

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Framing a Stroke – Which Frame?

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How should I look at my experience with a stroke?  My recovery has been excellent, but the truth that I had a stroke still stands.  It’s disturbing. I come face to face with the age old question: If there is a God, … Continue reading

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Life Beyond a Stroke

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I was living life fully loaded: teaching opportunities were suddenly plentiful, spending time with family and friends was a joy, and getting ready for anther year of CBS was just around the corner.  I had lots of ideas and plans and life … Continue reading

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Deconstructing Disasters Du Jour

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What is today’s disaster du jour?  It might be a genuine catastrophe, like the violent conflicts in Israel and Ukraine, MH17, or vulnerable children at our borders.  Or, perhaps it’s the usual polarized political theater in Washington inciting fear of the … Continue reading

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If Only: Letting Go of Regret (book review)

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What do you do with your troublesome “if only” moments, a.k.a. regrets?  I tend to ignore them, safely stashing them in a mental holding cell because facing them feels like living Groundhog Day without the power to change anything.  No fun. If Only: Letting Go of Regret, by Michelle Van Loon, … Continue reading

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Don’t Confuse Suffering People with the Problem of Suffering

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Suffering presents us with a theological problem: If God is good and all powerful, then why does he allow people to suffer?  It is a fair question. Here’s another one:  What is the best way to help a friend who is suffering? It is important not … Continue reading

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