By Teresa Swanstrom Anderson | May 16, 2018 | 20 Comments

Shortly after adoption expanded our family from two children to four, I remember collapsing onto the floor in the kitchen one afternoon and bursting into tears. As I sat there on the cold tile floor, I wondered how on earth I could do this. Lord, is this really what we’re supposed to be doing? You’ve […]

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5 Resolutions That Could Actually Change Your Life … #3: Be Still

By Barbara Rainey | January 17, 2018 | 4 Comments

Winter is the perfect time to begin to act on this resolution, to begin, perhaps begin again, a new habit of being still. We sang a few weeks ago, the world in solemn stillness lay, and all is calm all is bright; both perfect descriptions of the quiet of winter, invitations to hush our too […]

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12 (Printable) Prompts for the Christmas Soul

By Janel Breitenstein | December 6, 2017 | 0 Comments

One thing I picked up from my Christmases in Uganda: All the glitter and hype of Christmas does have a purpose beyond the secular. God created seven feasts for the Old Testament Hebrews, which clues me in; these occurred in the same seasons. Maybe the Israelites knew Hadassah made the best matzoh, or Great-Aunt Hephzibah […]

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3 Tips When Your Prayer Doesn’t Get Past the Ceiling

By Barbara Rainey | April 19, 2017 | 12 Comments

A black cape snapped snug around my neck, our conversation somehow drifted to prayer. My hairdresser is delightfully light hearted and relaxed with everyone who sits in her chair, a skill refined after decades of practice. After six years of appointments, we’ve learned much about each another. With refreshing honesty she said, “I can’t pray […]

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Breathing Lessons

By Janel Breitenstein | January 25, 2017 | 5 Comments

For those of you who’ve been married: Do you remember what “just married” felt like? After the sound of the tin cans clanking behind the car faded, after you set your bags down in your together home after the honeymoon—what was it like? I thought since I had wonderful training in my home of origin, […]

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