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Your Greatest Hope

Posted by on Dec 13, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Your Greatest Hope

How many of you have been in a desperate situation and been told by a friend or loved one, “You just need to have faith.” They may have been well-meaning and sincere, but don’t you want to ask, “Are you serious? Do you have any idea what you’re suggesting? I’m hurting, and ‘faith’ is like a foreign word to me right now!” There have been times in this girl’s heart when the word ‘faith’ couldn’t come from my lips, much less be felt in my spirit. Yet God will break through the darkness and renew out trust in Him. Here’s a time He did exactly...

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Got H-O-P-E?

Posted by on Nov 7, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Got H-O-P-E?

The holidays will soon be upon us, and though they are supposed to be a joyous and relaxing time, they’re often anything but. In fact, many people deal with depression, anxiety, and difficult circumstances during the holidays more than they do at any other time of the year. If that’s you – or of you know someone who will need encouragement for Thanksgiving through the New Year and beyond, let me tell you that there is a Light at the end of tunnel. It’s H-O-P-E in the Lord! H= Hold on! Imagine yourself on a big rollercoaster. You’ve just gone...

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Why Do You Have To Wait?

Posted by on Oct 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | 9 comments

Why Do You Have To Wait?

Ecclesiastes 3:1 says, “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Come with me as I revisit a humorous yet poignant time when I learned that verse to be true. It’s told in a scene from my book My Climb: I looked at the holiday lights and envisioned our wedding and all the people who’d be there. I saw the sanctuary all decorated and heard the music playing while I walked down the aisle in a gorgeous gown to meet my handsome groom, dapper in his tux. Then, out of the corner of my eye, I saw Dan walking...

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The Third Strand

Posted by on Sep 12, 2015 in Uncategorized | 15 comments

The Third Strand

This month my parents celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, and the scripture from Ecclesiastes is a perfect depiction of the life they have shared over the past half century. I can say with certainty that the third strand of Jesus Christ has been the stronghold for their marriage and the reason they are celebrating this golden anniversary. As I wrote in My Climb, “I’ll always value the story of how my parents met, fell in love, and began their journey together. Their enduring love for the Lord first, then for each other and their...

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Relief from the Heat of Life

Posted by on Aug 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Relief from the Heat of Life

My family and I recently took a trip down to Missouri to visit our son’s birth family. I have never experienced summer humidity like we did down there. It was almost unbearable! As difficult as it was to leave them, it was a relief to get back to Wisconsin and out of the heat. We often want to escape the heat life can bring to bear upon us, don’t we? Yet I am certain that we can remain anchored in the expectation of a better day as we find our hope in God and the cooling comfort of His presence. I know it’s not easy. As the daughter of an...

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Freedom of the Unexpected

Posted by on Aug 15, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Freedom of the Unexpected

Four-wheeling, fishing and bonfires. They were among the joys – along with something else completely unexpected – that I experienced as our family recently spent a week in northern Minnesota. What was the surprise? One evening, our son Lucas and my brother-in-law went fishing…off the top of a huge beaver lodge! As I took a picture of the moment and watched the two of them together out there, I sang praises in my heart for having the honor of living in this country – the Land of the Free! Then I thought back to another unexpected opportunity...

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Bask in the Son!

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

As I sit in my kitchen with the sliding glass door open and the warm air streaming through the screen door, I’m reminded of a day in my life when the warmth of the sun was indescribable. As told in my book My Climb, “On July 23 the doctors cleared me to leave the hospital to stay a few days at home. As I was wheeled outside, I closed my eyes, savoring the warmth of the summer sun on my body and the first touch of the breeze on my face. It felt like heaven. On the drive home, I took in the journey like I was on a trip to some exotic vacation...

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Look for the Signs

Posted by on May 22, 2015 in Uncategorized | 11 comments

  There is something to say about a new beginning, a renewed spirit. A time to start over. My personal spring occurred when I was given the opportunity to sing at my high school graduation. As told in my book My Climb, “On June 6, 1985, I graduated from Hopkins High School, stood in front of 14,000 people at the Minneapolis Auditorium, and sang ‘The Way We Were’ with all my heart. God blessed me with another fulfilled dream—and reinforced my healing from leukemia by His mighty hand—when everyone in the arena gave me, little Wendy Lynn...

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Hope Reality

Posted by on Apr 11, 2015 in Uncategorized | 4 comments

  “I was awakened one night by a voice in the hallway. ‘Code Red! Code Red!’ it shouted. I heard feet running by, people pushing something on wheels. Maybe because my family was full of nurses, or maybe because I’d watched one too many hospital shows, I knew ‘Code Red’ was serious. Someone was probably dying. Very close to where I was….I’d never been that physically close to death – actual death – before. I was always safe. Protected. Never in danger. Now I felt vulnerable, alone, unable to even run away. ‘Oh God, please help...

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Love Defined

Posted by on Mar 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

  In 1984 – the same year that I was waging my hope-filled battle against leukemia – pop singer Tina Turner asked, “What’s Love Got to Do with It?” It was a hit single with an infectious chorus that forced listeners to consider her question from the standpoint of romantic love. Yet love is far more than that – and as we eat the last of our Valentine’s Day candy and look ahead to Easter and the celebration of the greatest love of all, I wanted to take a look at love and what a true gift it is. The Greek language reveals there are actually...

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