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Using all your strength

The story is told of a little boy playing in his sandbox. He worked industriously, building roads for his toy trucks and cars. All went well for a time, until he discovered a roadblock. A large rock was embedded in the sand, exactly where he wanted his road to go....

Sleeping on the couch-a lesson in thankfulness

If you’ve followed my blog for awhile, you know that I operate a small daycare. But you may not know this interesting little fact…my three teenage sons and I lived in the daycare before we were able to buy our own home. Yep, that was as fun as it sounds....

Only a moment

Some stand uncertainly, arms wrapped around their children. Others grip the iron bars of their prison in desperation. But all eyes are fastened on Luke, as one man asks him the question they all long to voice. “What’s going to happen to us?” A short...

The right side of the road

“You’re on the wrong side of the road,” my mom calmly told me. (Really, she was calm. I promise.) “Oh, right. That could have been bad.” (Cue nervous laughter-because that’s what I do when I’m flustered.) You might be...

Never give up

Kaylee clung to the 66-foot climbing wall, about 1/3 of the way up. I could see that the teenager from my youth group was tired. “Okay, I’m done. I can’t go any further. Let me down.” “No. You can do this. I’ll let you rest, but...

Go back

Bang! Bang! Bang! The sound catapulted its way into Cassie’s consciousness. She bolted upright in bed, staring at her bedside clock in confusion. 12:07am. What on earth? Bang! Bang! Bang! Realization finally dawned. The front door. Someone was pounding on the front...