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Till Death Do Us Part…

December 4, 2014

In the early years, when my husband and I were first married, it seemed we enjoyed being together 24/7. Even mundane chores, like doing the dishes or making a trip to the laundromat, weren’t so bad if were together. We commonly hear this period of time referred to as the “honeymoon phase,” that stage of… Read More ›

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When Two Become One: Living God’s Plan for Marriage

Growing up, one of my favorite games was The Game of Life. I loved getting my little car and filling it up with my husband and children, all the while making decisions about education, careers, houses, and the like. I guess it was so engaging because this is how I imagined my real life would… Read More ›

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Putting the ‘Hallowed’ Back in Halloween

It’s that time of year again: Halloween, one of those holidays that you either love or really can’t stand. As a kid, I was all over it; as an adult, it’s a much different story. I could easily come up with a dozen different things I don’t like about it. But my biggest objection, by… Read More ›

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What Animals Can Teach Us About Being Human

If you knew my family’s history with pets, you might wonder if I’m the best person to write an article about the role and value of pets in our lives. We don’t have a dog, my husband is highly allergic to cats, and our only pet at the moment is a Chinese fighting fish by… Read More ›

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Thank God for migraines!

Several years ago I discovered that I have a really weird allergy – I’m allergic to scents. Things like perfume, lotion, hand sanitizer, and even dryer sheets can really put me over the edge. Within minutes, I get an arc around the right side of my face and begin seeing double. Then comes the throbbing… Read More ›

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New Years Resolutions?

Going back to school and starting a new year is such an exciting time. As a kid, I always looked forward to shopping for new clothes, buying school supplies, and finding out who my new teacher would be. Now that I’m a little older, I think I finally understand some of the appeal. It’s that… Read More ›

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A prayer in your back pocket…

Many years ago, when my kids were still little and I was feeling the need to get out of the house, I joined a Bible study in our neighbourhood. I figured it would be a great way to get to know other young moms, while also growing in my faith. At the first meeting, though,… Read More ›

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The 12 Step Program for Spiritual Slugs

When most people think of summer, it conjures up images of long, lazy days lounging in the sun, no alarms, schedules, or agendas, and basically not doing much of anything. Where I live, summer is glorious, but also incredibly short – too short for a lot of lounging around, in my opinion. I tend to… Read More ›

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Mr. Fix-it

Before moving to Canada, my husband and I and our two children lived in a small town in northern Russia for a few years. It was one of those “adventures of a lifetime,” and we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. But as four Americans living in Russia, it wasn’t without its problems, mostly due to cultural… Read More ›

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Crossing the Great Divide: Understanding our Differences

By some estimates, roughly a third of the people in the world today identify themselves as Christians.1 But what does this actually mean, considering that there are over 30,000 different denominations? As you might expect, all Christians do share some things in common: reverence for the Scriptures as the inspired Word of God; love for… Read More ›

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