ACWM: Motherhood Challenges, Part 2

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Today’s society gives us so many short-cuts for raising our children. We can park them in front of a movie for an hour or two of quiet. We give them electronic devices to keep them entertained on road trips. Local churches offer many good children’s programs to teach our kids about God. Local day camps offer instruction and play so …

ACWM: Stand and See

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Share this Post The soldier was standing, but barely. The enemy rushed in from all sides, attacking with renewed ferocity. He mustered all his strength just to keep his shield up and his sword swinging. As soon as one attacker was down, another one took its place. Would it never end? He didn’t know how much longer he could stay …

ACWM: Thankful in Trouble

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Share this Post Since last fall, my husband and I have stepped up to new and bigger ministry responsibilities. And God has blessed us with prosperity and success. After all, that’s what happens, right? Well, no, not really. Rather than sunshine and roses, we seem to have gotten rainclouds and sniffles…and bills. First, we each got a nasty chest virus …

ACWM: The Myth of SuperWoman

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Share this Post A close friend recently told me that she thought I was a SuperWoman. I laughed. I told her that she was a SuperWoman. Guess what. She laughed, too. We can all look at the highlights of other women’s lives and think that they are SuperWomen. It’s easy compare what we KNOW about our imperfect lives to what …

ACWM: There Is No Box

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Share this Post It never ceases to amaze me how we try to squeeze God into a box. Because we cannot grasp His vastness, we build boxes and try to make God fit into them. We have denominational boxes: Baptist, Pentecostal, Catholic, Presbyterian. Then there are those who want to force God into the theological boxes of Arminiansim and Calvinism, …

ACWM: Better Than a Fairy Godmother

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Share this Post Princess Bride is one of the most quotable movies of all time. I think I have watched it more than any other single movie. In college, my friends and I didn’t have TV’s in our dorm rooms, so one friend made an audio recording of Princess Bride. We must have listened to it at least thirty times. We memorized …

ACWM: A Portrait of a Beautiful Woman

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Share this Post Yesterday, my cousin posted a memory of our Gramma on Facebook. It was a sweet prayer that Gramma had tucked into her favorite Bible. Throughout the comments, some of her other grandchildren had posted memories of her lovable traits. I found myself choking back tears as I remembered how much I loved her. She died 15 years …

ACWM: What If?

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Share this Post The dark night of the soul. Yes, I’ve been there. In those times, I have to concentrate on each breath. Breathe in. Breath out. Put one foot in front of the other. Those moments whittle all of life down to surviving the present moment and then the next and the next. The pain is excruciating. My heart …

Injustice: Speak or Be Silent

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Share this Post Rescue the weak and the needy; deliver them from the hand of the wicked. Psalm 82:4 ESV I could write books about the many injustices in our world. The persecution of Middle-Eastern Christians makes my blood run cold. The plight of innocent refugees breaks my heart. But today I am talking about injustice towards women. Some is …

ACWM: Big Messes and Small Steps

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Share this Post My son’s room looks like an explosion in a toy store. I don’t want to even look at it. That special guest in our home (the one called “Not Me”) apparently dumped all the toys and closet contents on to the floor. If the mess overwhelms me as an adult, I can’t imagine how his little brain …

ACWM: A Shield of Childlike Faith

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Share this Post She is at such a sweet stage in life. She is trusting, yet spunky. She loves made-up bedtime stories. She is captivated by hero stories, of good overcoming evil. Inside her lies the heart of a warrior. Recently she memorized Ephesians 6:10-18. I loved listening to her recite these verses with gusto. She believes every. single. word. There …