Love Bends Low


Do you have a friend who bends low and waits long to hear the story of your heart? We’d love to honor him or her with a little give-away. In 20 words or less, tell us a little bit about your friend, and on Sunday, we’ll choose one sweet friend to honor with a little …

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Expectancy


Chronic Joy Ministry

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Praying you will catch glimpses of hope in unexpected places today, color rising from winter’s drab debris, moments to breathe deeply, be still, and simply know that He is God.

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When God Says, “Go!”


Chronic Joy Ministry

CJOnEaglesWingsIt was a moment when time stood still, a moment I could feel in the marrow of my bones.

Purposed.

Each piece. Every place. The accident. The illness. The loneliness and isolation. The places I’ve worked. The positions I’ve held. The reasons I write and the reasons I don’t. My photography.

Each piece. Purposed.

It was a word that clotted in my throat for eight long years, hard-edged and jagged.

Allowed was a gentler word, softer, a word that could hover and sway at the edge of my days, a word I could scoop in my hand and look in the eye.

But purposed?

No.Purposed was not allowed the light of day.

Till my phone rang on January 1st.

“Happy New Year!” I greeted my friend.

She paused, then without even hello, quietly spoke six words, and time stood still.

“We’re supposed to start…

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Introducing a New Ministry


Today, I want to introduce you to something close to my heart, something you've been reading in bite-sized pieces since 2008, a story simultaneously just beginning and one that's been decades in the making. A story only God could be writing. Today, I introduce you to my friend, Pamela Piquette, and the brand new ministry …

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Back to School


September ushers in change in routine, in seasons, in the order and rhythm of our days, and it marks our 18th year of homeschooling. Two sons and a daughter have already graduated from high school leaving me with just two for the first time in many years -- a freshman and a senior. Our senior …

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Where I Live


I live in a small midwestern town on an acre and an eighth of gently rolling hills in a sprawling older subdivision filled with towering pines. On Hamilton Court. Just off Hamilton Drive. We've lived in this elongated ranch for nearly twenty years, raising five kids in a town too small for a post office, …

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The Gift of Tithing


One afternoon, just after I turned 30, I decided it was time to finally read the Bible – the whole Bible – cover-to-cover, Genesis straight through Revelation, no matter how long it took. Excited and often challenged by what I was learning, I eagerly shared my new found knowledge with my husband, who wasn’t nearly …

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