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Seeing for Yourself

Seeing for Yourself

Ruth was hustling her two girls out the door so they wouldn’t be late for school. That’s when she noticed that her pants were too big. Way too big. They kept sliding off her hips. So she cinched up her belt and slid into the minivan. Those sagging pants plagued Ruth’s...
Love’s Hard Work

Love’s Hard Work

Nobody said that love is safe or easy. Love, genuine love, is risky and sometimes painful. Honestly, it’s hard work.  We were born to love. God made us that way. Love, you see, is how we connect with God and how we become our true selves. In a way, that boils...
Joined At The Hip

Joined At The Hip

She died at work. A massive heart attack seized her as she stood behind the grocery store’s deli counter. Maybe she was slicing pastrami for a customer. Or making potato salad. Or just daydreaming. Her coworkers found her lying on the floor and called 911. The EMTs...
Mending Damaged Things

Mending Damaged Things

After returning from Afghanistan and spending a couple of more years serving at Camp Pendleton, our oldest son Andrew got his discharge papers. He started his transition to civilian life in our home. Both of his younger siblings were still living with us at the time....
What True Courage Looks Like

What True Courage Looks Like

To speak normally—to make intelligible sounds that other people could understand—I had to undergo two lengthy surgeries. The first happened when I was just a toddler. There’s not much I can tell you about that one. I have no memory of it at all. The second time around...