Category Archives: Family

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Simple Acts of Love

“Any simple act of love, done in obedience and humility, reaches all the way into eternity.” This profound word, spoken at a recent prayer meeting, shocks those embroiled in our toxic culture. The world tells us we are to do … Continue reading

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Six Lessons of 9-11

After 16 years, I still keep a poster on the wall of my office advertising the National Book Festival, which my husband and I attended on September 8, 2001. All kinds of booths and entertainment venues filled the National Mall … Continue reading

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Pressed into Service

”Should anyone press you into service for one mile, go with him for two miles,” (Matthew 5:41). Your son comes home from his first day of Early Childhood all excited, “Guess what, Mommy, we get to go on all the … Continue reading

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Keep Calm and Carry On

There it was printed on a carry-on bag: “Keep Calm and Carry On.” I was fascinated with it and visually followed it past me in the airport. After a glorious time during a quick three-day trip to attend my daughter’s … Continue reading

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Circle of Good: Loving the sinner

featured on CatholicWritersGuild.com Our parents and spiritual mentors taught to hate the sin and love the sinner. This haunting story, compelling me to share it. The author is unknown and the facts cannot be authenticated. Like a biblical parable, the message … Continue reading

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Featured Favorite: God doesn’t create clones

I grew up in the shadow of my sister who was 18 months older than me. I followed her around, copying her every preference and obeying her every request. She convinced me that her likes and dislikes, friends and fashions … Continue reading

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Butterfly Bumps

Each one of us has little insignificant rough places that seem harmless — lumps and bumps of no consequence. That was the way it was for several years with a little bump on my neck under my chin. The bump … Continue reading

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First post: Godless Graduation

Five years ago I wrote this first post on JOYAlive.net. Celebrate a half decade of blogging with me! The ceremony was awesome with the crowd cheering loudly and stomping their feet from different areas of the gym as each of … Continue reading

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