He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not

By Janel Breitenstein | January 10, 2017 | 16 Comments

Do you remember the moment that first made you wonder if He truly loved you? I don’t know if I remember the first one. But I remember the first big one, and I can trace the crooked, faltering lines of the rest of them through my past. (Fear has its way of searing itself upon […]

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Your Longing Has a Name

By Janel Breitenstein | December 7, 2016 | 0 Comments

Christmas–like a lopsided stocking with all the goodies poking out the top—is stuffed full of longing. But maybe not in the way you’re thinking. I’m not talking or kids rubbing their hands together over the mysteries under the tree. I’m not even fully talking about that wish to be somewhere else for Christmas, though that’s […]

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Memos for a Hard Thanksgiving

By Janel Breitenstein | November 23, 2016 | 7 Comments

Have you ever felt forgotten by God? I remember one of those first hallmark moments in life when my faith collided with that dark, rumbling question at the core of so many of our disbeliefs: I know God is great. Is He really…good? This may sound as juvenile as it actually was at the time—but […]

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20 Ideas for Kids Waiting on Thanksgiving Dinner

By Janel Breitenstein | November 20, 2016 | 0 Comments

Wondering how to keep them occupied while you’re whipping up Aunt Marge’s sweet potato casserole? Set up a small table in an adjacent room, grab a few minimal-mess supplies, and try out a few of these timely strategies. Have them … Craft “I’m thankful for you!” cards. Have an example ready. Collect the most colorful […]

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Does God ‘So Love’ … Me?

By Janel Breitenstein | October 26, 2016 | 0 Comments

A friend and I were headed for haircuts together. It was definitely time: My naturally curly hair was starting to resemble, at alternating moments, a lampshade or a labradoodle. As we circled a roundabout discussing spiritual matters, her confession tumbled out. “Honestly, I’ve always struggled with whether God loves me—as an individual.” Her vulnerability echoed […]

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