The Kristen Chronicles, Part 3

Merry Christmas! This is a wonderful and unique time of year. Hustle, bustle and stress mingles with promise, hope, and holiday greetings. There's a sweet undercurrent of anticipation. It could be due to the bright lights or gift giving. But to me, it's because we're celebrating the birth of Jesus. His birth and the life …

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The Kristen Chronicles, Part 2

(August, 1985) After spending a week at Children's Medical Center to find the reason for Kristen's infantile spasms, it took one crucial day -- one moment, really -- to completely upend our lives. After those words, tuberous sclerosis, everything changed. Suddenly we had a new vocabulary. Infantile spasms. Angiofibroma. Genetic counseling. CT scans. Pediatric neurologist. …

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The Kristen Chronicles, pt 1

For the next few Wednesdays, I'd like to share a story very dear to my heart: the story of my sweet Kristen. Actually, it's more the story of how the gift of Kristen changed my life in every conceivable way. My daughter has brought reality to Romans 8:28, "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." This has been a journey I never imagined or wanted, but I'm so grateful for it. I would never choose another kind of life over the one God has graciously given.

Tender Mercy — YES!

I'm a why person. Always have been, ever shall be. So when I'm reading and the word "because" comes into view, I straighten up, my brain comes to full alert, and I pick up my pen. So here's what I was reading this morning. "And you, my child, will be called a prophet of the …

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When Plans Change

  If you're like me, you're full of plans. for your day for your groceries for your meals for your kids for your life But if you're like me, my plans often don't play out. In fact, days I'm muttering, "The best-laid plans of mice and men..." to soothe my ambitious soul. But on harder …

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