The Joy of the Lord Is My Strength

Written by Casey Johnson   Joy. We sing about joy often. Joy to the World. Ode to Joy. I’ve Got the Joy, Joy, Joy.  These are a few examples.  We talk about joy. But what does joy mean? Many misunderstand that joy=happiness and happiness=joy. Sadly, with this misunderstanding many good people miss a wonderful gift... Continue Reading →

Shame

Written by Ayla S.   The eyes are the window to your soul.    I never quite grasped the precision of this well known statement, until a rather solemn moment with my chiropractor two years ago.  I had been seeing him for about four years at the time.  He was undergoing his routine procedure of... Continue Reading →

I Don’t Really Want to Hurt My Child

Written by Kathy Collard Miller   Darcy's training pants were wet again. Again!   Marching over to my two-year-old daughter, I directed her into the bathroom. As I struggled to pull down the soaking pants, I felt a rush of frustration and a sense of failure.   "Darcy, you're supposed to come in the bathroom and... Continue Reading →

A Letter to My Three-Year-Old Self

  Dear Three-Year-Old Paula,   I’m so sorry that I never realized how broken and scarred you’ve been all this time. I guess I had shut you down so that I could survive moving forward. You didn’t know how to deal with those you trusted betraying you at such a core identity level. You had... Continue Reading →

The Things That Were Meant For Evil…

Written by Judith A Cruz-Vazquez   By most accounts myself and my children should have been added to the list of statistics. I came from an abusive background, on all levels. I didn’t get help and as I got older I immersed myself in extremely destructive lifestyle choices. I was a teen run away, involved in... Continue Reading →

My Testimony (Kasmira Jensen)

Written by Kasmira Jensen   How much can a person handle? That is a question asked all too often, whether we ask it of ourselves or we wonder about someone we’ve seen a news story. The answer simply boils down to whether or not we have factored God into the equation. For me, looking back,... Continue Reading →

When Life Stops You Dead in Your Tracks

Written by Elaine Lankford   There I stood, mouth gaping open, heart pounding, head starting to throb as I listened to the words coming out of his mouth: “The practice is closed, we can’t see any more patients.” In disbelief, I stood stunned.   In 2008, after almost sixteen years in nursing, with three and a... Continue Reading →

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