Coping With Juanita’s Passing

By E. Jeffrey Hill In 2001 everything looked good for our family—our nine children (ages 4 to 23) were all doing well, I loved my job as a university professor, the house was paid for, and we had good health. It would be clear sailing to retirement in just 15 years.  Or so we thought! Then my wife Juanita noticed a lump in her breast.  The doctor’s diagnosis was devastating—the tumor was 10 cm and there was only a 50 percent chance for long-term survival.  Our whole world changed overnight! ...
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How Can I Have a Happy Marriage?

by Susan H. “All things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you do ye even so to them.” One year our entire family participated in a musical play which a man in our church was putting on.  My husband was an assistant to the producer; our eldest daughter, age 10, was a member of the family in the play; our sons ages 6 and 8 had little walk-on, non-speaking parts; our children ages 2 and 4 sat on the front row during rehearsals and performances sucking their thumbs and holding thei...
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Seeking God in Prayer

“God… God… Dear Father in Heaven, I’m not a praying man, but if you’re up there and you can hear me, show me the way.  I’m at the end of my rope.  Show me the way, God.”      - George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life ---------- George had lost $8000.  If he didn't find it, he’d go to jail.  After all his efforts failed, he was in deepest despair, and he finally prayed.  But only when he was at the end of his rope. Are we all like that?  We don’t pray until we’re desperate?  Let’s look...
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How Can I Heal after Traumatic Experiences?

Sonia F. Many dark nights I remember my father coming home, drunk and screaming at my mother. Terrified, I would run and hide, close my eyes tightly and not open them until he had gone. I grew up in a violent home. My father was a drunk, unfaithful to my mother, and very abusive; he would often would hit me and my mom. The atrocities I witnessed there left my heart bruised and scarred. As a girl, I was timid, frightened by practically everything, and very bitter about the things I had live...
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CAN I BE POSITIVE WITH A CHRONIC ILLNESS?

By Elana B I am a diabetic. I was diagnosed in late January 2011, just short of my 66th birthday. I woke up feeling like that wintery day would be my last. I had been experiencing all the symptoms--no energy, couldn’t sleep, drank volumes of water but was still thirsty. My body was shouting for help the only way it could...by shutting me down. I called my office to tell them I wouldn’t be in--why is it we have dedication to a job, enough to take care of “business,” but too often ignore our he...
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Where Can I Turn for Peace?

By Alexander B. In this voyage we call life, with all of its stresses, trials, and hardships; it can be easy to ask questions such as “Why is this happening? Who can truly understand me? Where can I find peace?” These questions can be even more difficult to answer when we learn about a God who is our loving Father in Heaven, and supposedly behind all of this. Then our questions may change to: “Why is God letting this happen to me? I know God understands, so why is He not making this easier? I...
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