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The Tree of Life

By Ana Borden We have a massive cypress tree that shades us from the summer sun. By the time fall rolls around, with each breeze, the leaves fall through the end of the year. Our yard becomes topped with a golden-brown layer throughout most of the first half of winter.  

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God Will Provide

By Jenny Dendinger For years, when my kids outgrew their clothes, I packed them up to store in the attic. What started out as a sensible practice while in the season of having babies, slowly turned into a bad habit. The more I packed and saved, the more it fed my fears of God not […]

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Baby Giggles

By Sarah McDonald There are a lot of things to love about having a new baby. There are snuggles and cuddles and smiles and coos, but one thing stands out to me: baby giggles.

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What are the hard times preparing you for?

By Kristy Solis A new year is upon us. In the new year, I keep hearing others say, “last year was hard, so hoping for a better year.” Even my young daughters have expressed this sentiment. It is a great time to reflect on Scripture, which reminds all of us that God commands us to […]

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Thoughts and Prayers

By Kim Roberts Families sat paralyzed in fear watching a regular Monday night football game, not believing what was unfolding right in front of their very eyes in real time, as a young man lay motionless on the field after a routine tackle. We saw the fear, pain and disbelief in all of the players […]

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Family Gatherings

By Ty Salvant As we begin the new year, reflect on how your family gathered last year. Was it engaging and fulfilling or frustrating and disappointing? Do you all eat at the same table? Do you meet at the same house? Is it family only or are friends invited? Does your family follow the same […]

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Mediating Magic into Awe

By Phillip Garside Parents of a young child feel the joy of active magical thinking over the holidays. This type of thinking is one reason children have a more direct relationship with God than adults, to whom God or even God’s very existence can become hidden. As a child matures, magical thinking confronts the hard […]

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The Gift of Time

By Charla Misse When my husband and son ask me what I want for a present, beignets and a bike ride are always at the top of my list. I don’t really want things from them; what I really want is to spend time with them. When my son was 3, he and I gave […]

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Present with Me in 2023

By Stacy LaMorte The Lord is always calling on us to be present with him, asking us to recognize his dwelling in each one of us and in others. When we make time to be fully present with our spouses, children, family members and friends, we are actually making time to be present with him. […]

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God is with you all the time

By Vivian Marino Throughout life, we are thrown random curveballs of trials and tribulations. I have asked myself countless times, does God notice? Does he care to help us? To answer this question, I turned to Scripture, and that is where I can see he truly does in a loving and merciful way.

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“A voice cries out in the wilderness, prepare a way for the Lord!”

By Gina Sternfels We sang this song in church last weekend and that verse has been in my head since then, and it has been a gift.  Yes, a song in preparation for Christmas, but also it is an excellent line in the song to keep me focused on what matters most right now in […]

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