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Life’s Challenges

Think again

A few months ago, my mom won an award from the Rotary Club of Madison, Wisconsin. The rotary folks invited our family to a…

Life’s Challenges

A strange kind of joy

Have you ever thanked God for helping you grow through times of testing?  Listen in on this prayer of thanks and praise to God…

Life’s Challenges

Telling the future

My husband and I were walking in downtown Madison, WI, and passed a man who held a cardboard sign that read, “Tarot Readings.” I…

Life’s Challenges

Hope for the future

I just love it when my seed catalogs arrive in the mail this time of year! I like to take a day—in the deepest,…

Depression & Anxiety

Jesus is with you

Times are hard. These words of Psalm 60 may just roll off your tongue: “You have rejected us, God, and burst upon us; you…

Life’s Challenges

Good cuts from an expert

A diamond needs to be cut in order to achieve its greatest beauty. That kind of seems counterintuitive, doesn’t it? How can cutting a…

Life’s Challenges

Grace AND peace!

Christians love the words grace and peace. Those two words are laced through the Bible, peppered into prayers, and bound up in the benediction…

Life’s Challenges

Your pain has a purpose

I recently read The Problem of Pain by C. S. Lewis, and it shattered some of my old ways of thinking about life’s troubles….

Life’s Challenges

Learning to let go

When my son was born, he caught a cold in the hospital just before coming home. His little nostrils were plugged, and his breathing…

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Color-blind

A man had been color-blind for 66 years. For his birthday, his family gave him a pair of glasses that allow people with color…

Life’s Challenges

Almost home

Did you know the average life expectancy in the U.S. according to WorldData is 74.5 years for men and 80.2 years for women? Subtract…

Life’s Challenges

Do you believe in arranged marriage?

Some cultures today practice the custom of arranged marriages. It’s much different than our modern American culture. Either is acceptable to God. But know…