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Keep Looking Forward!

Keep Looking Forward!

“Let your eyes look directly forward, and your gaze be straight before you.” Proverbs 4:25 (ESV) Just recently, I spoke at a Christian writers conference, and one of the points I made in my keynote was simply—keep looking ahead. Set your gaze forward. I was prompted to share this after listening to a preacher I respect say, “You’ve got a big windshield on the front of your car. And you’ve got a little bitty rearview mirror. The reason the windshield is so…

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Surprise, Surprise

Surprise, Surprise

“Those who hope in me will not be disappointed” (Isaiah 49:23 NIV). When my oldest daughter, Abby, was diagnosed with preeclampsia at 33 weeks into her pregnancy with our first grandchild, I was surprised…and not in a good way. And, when her baby came via an emergency C-section after she’d been through 34 hours of labor—four weeks early—again, I was surprised…and not in a good way. And, when my adorable little grandson was whisked away to the NICU and I…

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Mommy, it’s Doris Day!

Mommy, it’s Doris Day!

Just last week, my favorite actress of all time, Doris Day, celebrated her 96th birthday.  Not only am I a fan, but also I raised some diehard Doris Day fans. You see, on rainy days, Abby and Ally and I would pop popcorn—the real buttery kind—put on our favorite jammies, and have classic movie marathons on my big bed. Sometimes Jeffrey even joined us. On one such rainy afternoon, we enjoyed a Doris Day/James Garner double feature, watching “The Thrill of…

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It’s Time to Enjoy the Journey

It’s Time to Enjoy the Journey

  I recently heard of a study involving the top CEOs of the biggest companies in the world, and one common theme was apparent. When interviewed, the majority of them said something like this: “If I could do it all over again, I would take time to stop and smell the roses. I would take more walks with my spouse. I wouldn’t live so stressed and uptight. I would slow down and enjoy the journey more.” This intrigued me, as…

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Choose Faith

Choose Faith

My daughter Abby delivered Baby Bear in late August…several weeks before his due date. After the ordeal, I shared the following message on Facebook, and I received a huge response. It’s amazing how our family’s story has touched others! I hope this blesses and encourages you today. When Abby struggled with preeclampsia and her blood pressure shot up to dangerous levels, we had to choose faith. And when the doctor had to induce labor more than a month before Baby…

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