The What Ifs of Life: Positive or Negative?

July 1, 2014

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In fiction, asking “What if?” can create dozens of plot possibilities. But in real life, can asking “What if?” steal your joy or bring you peace?  Read more

What Makes Your Heart Sing?

June 3, 2014

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God laid on my heart this week to share a two-part blog series with you again. “Someone needs this,” I heard Him whisper. Maybe it’s you.

Feeling cranky, tired, discouraged or edgy? Sure, it could be hunger or hormones, but the problem could go deeper. Recently, I was suffering from “technology overload”–and a prolonged schedule packed with new “learning curves.” We’ve been married so long, my husband recognized the symptoms immediately. It was time to talk.

“What makes your heart sing?” he asked gently but firmly. “I think that’s the real problem.”   I knew immediately what he meant. Maybe you do, too. Read more

When Different Is Good

May 20, 2014

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I’m done. Finished. Last One. That’s what I said the last time. But this time I mean it.

Ever uttered those words? If it hadn’t involved our entire neighborhood, I probably wouldn’t have Read more

Daisies Are Forever, A Fall of Marigolds: Book Giveaway, Book Reviews

May 13, 2014

Here are two great fiction reads I think you’ll enjoy: Daisies are Forever, by Liz Tolsma, and A Fall of Marigolds, by Susan Meissner. And you can win the first one in a book giveaway. Be sure and read today’s blog to see how you can enter the book drawing giveaway for Liz Tolsma’s book.

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Moms Make a Difference

May 7, 2014

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Rebecca Barlow Jordan, Day-votions® for Mothers, (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 2010)

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“Here is a boy with five small barley loaves and two small fish, but how far will they to among so many?” John 6:9 TNIV

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Mother’s Day Poem Challenge

Last week, I challenged you to send me a Mother’s Day poem. Here’s the one I selected to print in today’s blog:
The Gift
by Victor Bare II
My Lord, my Savior, my Friend indeed
On a cross out of love he hung for me
The selfless act portrayed on that tree
Only a part was this His love for me
Before I was born He knew it was she
Whom through He could show His love for me
A mother, a woman, a friend is she
All these things is she to me
To see His love and boundless grace
I need only look at her beautiful face
To feel His comfort when times are hard
He holds me close in her loving arms
Examples of love and wisdom that is He
Displayed in her life for me to see
No greater love could there ever be
Than that of my God for me
Shown in the Gift, my mother, He gave to me
Thank you, Victor, for sharing your poem.
Happy Mother’s Day to every mom and grandmom!

What About You?

How has your mom made a difference in your life?

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What Can You Give to a Mother?

April 28, 2014

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Wondering what you could say or give to a mother to express your thanks and your love to her–on Mother’s Day or any day? For those of you whose moms are still living, here’s one simple suggestion. Read more

Shadowed by Grace: A Book Review

April 22, 2014

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I’ve always enjoyed historical fiction books set in the World War II era, so I chose Cara Putman’s new book, Shadowed by Grace, to read recently. And I thoroughly enjoyed the read.

Book Review of Shadowed by Grace

American journalist and photographer Rachel Justice accompanies Monuments Man Lt. Scott Lindstrom to Italy in his efforts to recover and preserve the great monuments and works of art from their destruction by the Third Reich. Read more

What Is the Quality of Greatness?

March 17, 2014

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We associate various meanings with the quality of greatness. Probably none of those equal the way Jesus explained–and lived–greatness. Read more

Book Review: Unquenchable, by Carol Kent

February 24, 2014

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Book Review: A Look at the Painful “But if not’s” of Life

Carol Kent’s new book, Unquenchable, takes a hard look at the fiery struggles and trauma in the lives of believers who have walked through the painful, “but if not’s” of life. With transparency and honesty she identifies with those who have faced crises of belief, sometimes questioning God’s actions and their own faith as a result of difficult, life-altering events. Carol shares even more insights from her own personal journey involving her incarcerated son as well as other experiences from her own life and family members. Read more

One Light Still Shines: My Life Beyond the Shadow of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting

February 3, 2014

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Triumph over Tragedy

I love stories about triumph over tragedy. One Light Still Shines, by Marie Monville, wife of the man who committed the Amish Schoolhouse massacre, is that kind of story.

The subtitle of her book, written with Cindy Lambert: My Life Beyond the Shadow of the Amish Schoolhouse Shooting, remind me of the familiar words by David the Psalmist in Psalm 23:4 (NKJ):

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death,
I will fear no evil;
For You are with me;
Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

On October 2, 2006, Marie’s husband of ten years entered an Amish schoolhouse in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, and did the unthinkable. He shot ten young girls, five who died. And then he turned the gun on himself.

Secret of Marie’s Triumph over Tragedy

Most of us probably heard about the tragedy and grieved with the Amish families who lost precious children. Since that time, people have asked 28-year-old Marie how she could possibly emerge and move forward from such a tragedy with so much triumph.This devoted woman of God shares her “secret” in the prologue of her book:

No matter how tragic your circumstances, your life is not a tragedy. It is a love story. And in your love story, when you think all the lights have gone out, one light still shines.1

A True Love Story

Indeed it does. Especially in the life of Marie Monville. February is the month we emphasize “love.” But this is one love story that’s not fiction, but a true story based on one woman’s courage and faith. I encourage you to read her book. It’s not a story filled with trite phrases or glib responses, but it shows a soul wrenched by tragedy, yet drenched by the unspeakable love of God.

Her Story Is About Your Future

Her story is one of love and forgiveness, of hope and mercy, sometimes from the most unexpected places. It’s a remarkable story. But Marie would not say it’s because she is remarkable, but that her God is. Her book cover quotes her own words, “My story is not about my past, but about your future.

We All Have a Love Story Being Written

Marie is right, you know. Life is not a tragedy. And we all have a love story being written in our own lives. You may think the lights have gone out in your own life. But just like in Marie’s heart, we, too, can choose to let that one Light still shine. If we follow that Light, one step at a time, we’ll discover that love story for which we were all made.

You can read more about Marie’s book here. I discovered this book recently and couldn’t wait to write this review of her story.

1 Marie Monville, One Light Still Shines (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan, 2013).

What about You?

How has God helped you triumph over tragedy?  I’d love to hear your comments.

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