By

JoAnn
I love fantasy stories. Tell me about knights on horseback combating ancient evil or the adventures of a rag-tag band of misfits with a destiny and I’m hooked. It doesn’t get much better than that, unless you throw in a princess. Stories are usually better with princesses, especially if it’s an average, everyday girl who...
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Is there a step of faith you know you should take right now? When you hear the phrase “step out in faith” does any one thing immediately come to mind? I’ve been struggling with faith in one particular area of my life for years. I struggle because obedience in this area definitely requires more of...
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We’ve all had those pivotal life experiences, the ones we can look back on years later and say, “That changed who I am as a person.” I wish I could say that those experiences are always for the better, but the truth is that, more often than not, they are failures or hurts that change...
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I have a friend who loves to hike. She lives in an area surrounded by the kind of scenery most of us only read about in books, and every few weeks I see her post about her latest hike on Facebook. It fills me with envy. I may live in one of the most beautiful...
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As I was being wheeled down the cold hallway on a gurney, headed to the x-ray room, I looked up at my husband and said, with tears in my eyes, “I am on that boat and it’s storming and I’m really ready for Jesus to show up.” I then closed my eyes and under my...
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We all long to be a part of something. Even the most introverted among us longs to be wanted and accepted, even if only from a distance. So those moments when we witness, or better yet, participate in true community are precious. Today I was blessed to witness community at its best, not once, not...
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Sometimes all it takes is a small favor to remind you that you’re not forgotten. Maybe it’s a bouquet of dandelions or a free ice cream cone. Maybe it’s an unexpected letter of encouragement in the mail or finding $5 in the pocket of a pair of jeans you haven’t worn in months. For me...
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Have you ever had one of those nights where you just need someone to wrap you in their arms and hold you as the tears run hot down your cheeks? Have you spent a day smiling through the uncertainty and the fear and the pain? Have you watched other people rejoicing in the blessings you’ve...
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Some days creativity comes easy, some days, not so much. I never received formal training in my profession, so there are times when I take on a job and feel like I’m in way over my head. When you’re self taught, most of the time you only learn new techniques when you have to use...
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I was scrolling through Facebook tonight, not expecting much but the usual pointless quizzes and general updates about friend’s food choices or the latest adventures of their kids. To be honest, I just wanted a little mindless surfing after a few pretty rough days. I didn’t expect to be stopped in my tracks by a...
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