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Creating a Family Culture of Appreciation

Creating a Family Culture of Appreciation

The jar sits on our dinner table along with a stack of little slips of paper and a pen.  When I sit down at the table, alone or with others, my first thought is what I appreciate from that day.  I pause, pick up the pen and fill out a couple of pieces with aRead more

How One Woman Went from Survivor to Joy Starter

How One Woman Went from Survivor to Joy Starter

Barb is a miracle. There is no question about that.  Growing up, she experienced abuse and  trauma. She attempted to take her own life and spent six weeks in a psychiatric hospital. Today Barb is  alive, has graduated from college, and has a healed heart. Missing Skills Because of her childhood,  Barb did not developRead more

Here’s a Way You Can Bring Life to a Graveyard

Here’s a Way You Can Bring Life to a Graveyard

Uruguay is known for being the “graveyard for missionaries.” With one of the highest rates for suicide and depression in all the Americas, the large majority of missionaries get chewed up and spit out. Atheism and agnosticism rule, with only 3% of the population actively practicing any Christian faith. Learning About Maturity Matt and ToniRead more

How One Fighting Couple Finally Became Friends

How One Fighting Couple Finally Became Friends

Several years ago Gerry and Karen were living in a marriage full of pain, loneliness, and at best peaceful co-existence. Time after time most conversations would end in anger that caused distance and hopelessness. Gerry and Karen were trying to parent many children and to operate a business. They tried their best to look goodRead more

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