An Unplanned Pregnancy and Three Questions God Asks Jun 27, 2022

Hers was a pregnancy she'd never planned.

It’s entirely unfair! Instead of residing in my homeland – arguably the world’s preeminent nation – I’m traipsing around with nomads. I’ve faithfully served for how many years? And then, instead of being allowed to...

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Can You Ever Win at the Comparison Game? Jun 20, 2022

 Sundays growing up meant –

-- morning chores in the barn,
-- hurried breakfast,
-- fussing with my two brothers about who was/wasn’t staying on their side of the “line” dividing the car’s back seat into sovereign territories,
-- Sunday School in the...

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Four "Truths" Harming Christian Women (Part 2) Jun 13, 2022

“You already have everything you need.”

Well, that’s depressing!

If this is true, the future does not look bright. There’s still too much ignorance and immaturity in me to be encouraged by the idea “I have everything I need.”

But this mantra, broadcast to...

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Four "Truths" Harming Christian Women (Part 1) Jun 06, 2022

“Hey, kiddo, go tell your brothers dinner is ready.”

A smiling face nodded, and feet traipsed around the corner, stopping at the bottom of the stairs.
“Mom says to get down here right now. It’s time to eat!”


What? That wasn’t what I said. I suppose a skilled...

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Have You Renounced Your Citizenship? May 30, 2022

Solemn-faced officials stepped slowly down the aisles, scanning the crowd, ensuring those standing had their right hand raised and were repeating aloud the words the dignitary behind the podium delivered. Onlookers in folding chairs on the main floor and others leaning over the thick railing...

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Buried Treasure & Exposed Hearts May 23, 2022

When I ask myself, "Stephanie, how much of your identity is really tied to your address and your belongings?", I squirm at the answer.

Faith in the abstract is wonderful; faith applied is often uncomfortable, if not downright excruciating, especially when it comes to "stuff."

If you’ve seen...

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What's Hiding in Your Wallet? May 16, 2022

It's easy for people of faith (me included) to hear about Bible teachings on money as yada, yada, yada. "For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also." Yawn. "Retail therapy." Yeah!

But just like the person living next to the railroad tracks eventually becomes so accustomed to the...

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Do You Know the Real Root of "Save the Planet!" May 09, 2022

Please Pass the...Salt?

In March 1930, a 60 year old man began a 240 mile hike to the Arabian Sea, accompanied by about 12 friends. Along the route he addressed crowds of various sizes, telling them about the trek’s purpose and inviting them to come along. By the time he reached the coastal...

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Please Pass the Comf, er, Casserole May 02, 2022

What possible connection exists between Jesus’ promise to his disciples in John 15:26 and a stove?

First, you’re going to need to step into your sixth-grade school shoes -- just for a minute. Ready? Good! Find which one doesn’t belong in this set. Chicken soup. Green bean...

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What Do You, Play-Doh’s® Creators, and the B&O Team Have in Common? Apr 25, 2022

Ever heard someone say (maybe you?), “I’m not creative!”? Au contraire! Genesis 1:1 doesn’t record, “In the beginning God loved…” but “In the beginning God created!” The first thing God tells us about himself is that he’s a creator. And...

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Ever Feel Like a Pushmi-Pullyu? Apr 18, 2022

"They had no tail, but a head at each end, and sharp horns on each head. They were very shy and terribly hard to catch. The men get most of their animals by sneaking up behind them while they are not looking. But you could not do this with the pushmi-pullyu—because, no matter which way you...

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Brainwashing is Good for You! Apr 11, 2022

What do these stories have in common? “Rip Van Winkle,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Sleepless in Seattle,” and “Inception?” Sleep! For some people, however, sleeping is a nightmare. Or rather, not sleeping, better known as insomnia.

In the 1980’s, a...

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