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Do You Believe?

A Note from Colleen Several years ago, I had the opportunity to speak with Nancy Guthrie, the writer of the following devotional, titled “Do You Believe?” Our talk was brief, and her voice was serene. One wouldn’t have expected this, due to the unspeakable suffering she’d experienced in her family. Two of Nancy’s children, Hope […]

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Bubbles

Day One: I heard something scratching in the boys’ bathroom wall . . . not good. Day Two: I heard more scratching and named the source “Godzilla.” Day Three: Godzilla was hungry. I knew this because the scratching intensified. Day Four: I mentioned Godzilla to the kids, asking if they had heard any roaring. I was then informed […]

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“Believe”: Sometimes Found in Stars over the Porch

My close friend just found out her son was sexually assaulted. In the last 10 years, her son has been diagnosed with the following: intellectual disability; developmental disorders; severe Tourette’s syndrome; learning, behavior, and life skill disorders; and the accompanying challenges related to anxiety and emotions. Believing in God’s goodness was tough for her. Adding […]

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Attitude Check

In the last blog post of 2009 I encouraged you (and myself) to toss out the idea of “New Year’s Resolutions” and instead cultivate four areas of character development. The first character trait was directed towards our attitudes. I determine to exhibit a persistent ATTITUDE of praise and to write down three examples each day. […]

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Good Attitude

In his book, Man’s Search for Meaning, Viktor Frankl wrote these amazing words: We who lived in the concentration camps can remember the men who walked through the huts comforting others, giving away their last pieces of bread. They may have been few in number, but they offer sufficient proof that everything can be taken […]

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Thick Glass

One of the realities of raising a neurologically disabled child is what I call “thick glass.” Thick glass is the clear yet mostly impenetrable divider between a parent’s unconditional love for his or her child and the child’s seeming total lack of response—that disheartening vacant look. Parents grieve behind thick glass, ever longing to touch […]

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