Hope and Inspiration

Senior man painting

Let’s Get Creative

We were desperate. Dad had been busy all his life as a farmer and factory worker. Even in retirem ...

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Orange and white cat

Helping the Pain Go Away

Mom had plastered the inside of her front door with greetin ...

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Two wrapped gifts

Gifts

For nearly a year, my mother-in-law lived with us after a series of illnesses prevented her from ...

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Man sitting peacefully on a mountain

Hero on a Hill

In one of my favorite movies, a great battle breaks out between two warring tribes in a valley. W ...

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Senior couple dancing on the beach

May I Have This Dance?

Nearly every evening one summer, I watched a frail 80-something woman guide her husband to the ed ...

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Smiling sisters

Remembering that God Knows Everything

“It’s your turn. I dropped the ball!” my sister says excitedly. “I’m going to ...

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Lily among a blue sky

Hoping and Trusting

Humans are the only creatures that require hope. Animals do not require this state of being for a ...

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Daughter helping mother walk with a cane

Not Control, but Love

As we arrived at the cancer center, my mother informed me that she had been unable to walk on her ...

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Mother and daughter smiling

God’s Promise

Searching for the perfect card for Mother’s Day can b ...

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Man's praying hands

The Temple of God

My father fretted over placing his mother in a nursing home ...

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Couple on the beach with their bikes

Coping Strategies

Early each day, I see the familiar flashing lights of our neighbor James’s bicycle from our fro ...

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Joyful choir

Relearning How to Live Life to the Fullest

The oncologist told my mother-in-law she should stay home during chemo because her immunity was l ...

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Two female friends

A Friend in Deed

After a month of taking my mother-in-law to her physical therapy sessions, I had settled into the ...

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Two outstretched hands

Finding the Best Ways to Help

When I received an e-mail from the director at Mom’s assisted-living facility, my heart rate do ...

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