Pray for Orlando – especially if you’re “religious”

June 12, 2016 | Danielle | Faith | 0

A rainbow-colored hashtag caught my eye this morning as I scrolled through Twitter. Another shooting… sadly I’ve grown somewhat desensitized. But a “massacre”… that was new. The shooter’s religion… burden that once again a faith system would be put to blame. An attack on a gay community… now that’s downright ugly. My stomach turned in…

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From Hotel to Motel

May 23, 2016 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

Poof. I expected a larger cloud of dust to billow out from the faded mustard bedspread as I plopped down to scan the motel room. It was much different than the 4-star hotel I checked out of just hours earlier. Amidst a busy week and chaotic work schedule, details of my travel plans fell through…

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Making Peace with Eve

May 8, 2016 | Danielle | Faith | 0

Each year Mother’s Day can bring a mix of emotions in all of us. For years this sweet holiday intended for good brought difficult feelings for me. I couldn’t look to the past, present or future without pain. The blessing of adoption brought a joyful child into my life, but what I’ve learned (especially this…

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Learning to accept my mission field

May 6, 2016 | Danielle | Faith | 1

The tables were lined with colorful runners, authentically stitched by (what I imagined to be) elderly Guatemalan women with long braided hair sitting in the marketplace talking to travelers. Handmade noisemakers and dolls made the perfect centerpieces. Postcards with a photo of my friend’s beautiful family served as a “program” and explained her ministry and…

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Summoned By Name

April 18, 2016 | Danielle | Devotionals | 0

My eyebrows frowned with disdain, and not because I was “so over” being the only teenager in the oncology waiting room. With no say or input of my own, I’d been put on a plane and flown to a world-renowned cancer center to have the country’s leading experts review my rare colon cancer case. Missing…

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How to Trust God When My Friends Are Dying

February 23, 2016 | Danielle | Cancer Survivorship, Faith | 0

“How could you…? Why didn’t you…? “Where were you…?” I struggled to find the strength to complete my prayerful sentences. I didn’t want to pray my honest prayers. And it wasn’t because I was scared to hurt God’s feelings; I’d moved past that months ago. The memories of dearly loved friends who went all too…

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The Day I Wanted to Punch a Kid

February 19, 2016 | Danielle | Parenting | 3

All of us parents dread the day when the hardships of this life sneak up and sting our kids. No matter how padded we build their rooms or how crazy we go on limiting their exposure to all kinds of people, foods, movies and toys we think will harm them or land them in jail…

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Love to Me

January 31, 2016 | Danielle | Adoption | 0

For Mae. Happy 5th adoption day. Love to Me Paint’s chipping off your wall Dirty laundry pile’s getting tall Your drawers are a mess Toys need put on the shelf I’m trying so hard to not do it myself But all that – it’s not love to me Mis-matched PJs when you sleep Year-round Christmas…

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15 Years Later – God is my Healer

January 23, 2016 | Danielle | Cancer Survivorship | 3

On this day 15 years ago, my life changed forever. I went to school in the morning. I attended a large high school with over 300 other students in my class. It was big enough that I didn’t know everyone at the school, yet somehow small enough that by mid-semester I knew, or at least…

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I Want More – A Devotional

January 18, 2016 | Danielle | Devotionals, Parenting | 1

And they were bringing children to Him so that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked them. But when Jesus saw this, He was indignant and said to them, “Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I say to…

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