hope-more than a name

As I sat, watching the "Joni and Friends" TV show which featured David and Nancy Guthrie, tears rolling down my cheeks, I was deeply touched by this couple who entered into very difficult circumstances that they did not chose but who faced them by digging deeply into their faith in knowing that God had not abandoned them in their sorrow but He had enriched their lives in and through their heartache and suffering.  I contacted Nancy about sharing their story because through sharing how she and David lost "Hope," their story can be used to show how through God's grace, they've had their hope ...[Read more]

cody-the overcomer

Seven year old, Cody McCasland has been on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Oprah, and Dateline, to name a few.  He has run in marathons and triathlons.  He's met people like astronauts, Olympic athletes, Paralympic athletes, professional football players, and race car drivers.    When you see this little boy being interviewed, his great big smile and contagious laughter draw you instantly to him.  The fact that he is a double amputee that walks on two carbon blades is quickly forgotten.  By all appearances, you would never know that when this little boy was born, his parents were told to say their ...[Read more]

The Mosaic Cross

The Mosaic Cross Each cross is a unique creation.  There are many kinds of dishes used in the making of a mosaic cross, some plain and inexpensive while others are very fancy and valuable. The first step is to break the dishes.  They are placed into a large container and smashed.  The pieces are then carefully sorted.   Just the right ones have to be found to fit on the corners, the edges, and certain ones for the center.  Some of the pieces end up being discarded while others are chiseled and grinded  in order to make them fit into the right places.  Each piece spends a lot of time in ...[Read more]

james- bringing out the best

By Carolin My mother-in-law told me a story one time that I found down right frightening, "Sarah told me that when she was a little girl she wanted to write with her left hand.  Every time she picked up a crayon or a pencil she was drawn to use her left hand.  Every time she tried using her right hand she felt awkward and uncomfortable.  Unfortunately Sarah's teacher believed that a person could not write correctly with their left hand.  Every time Sarah got caught using her left hand she would get struck with a ruler." When I heard this story I wondered how anyone could be so cruel and ...[Read more]

abby-beautiful butterfly

abby's story Written by: Tammy (her lucky Mama) The doctor performing the routine ultra sound during my fifth pregnancy 7 years ago, was quietly studying the screen while I lay there watching his face and my husband sat eagerly waiting. Finally he said, "Do you want to know the sex?" to which we said, "Yes." He replied,"It's a girl." We smiled and made comments about how our other children would react to the news. Then, quietly, he stood up and said, "I'll be right back." As we sat there for what seemed like forever, my husband said, "He was sure studying her intently.  I ...[Read more]

a family’s story of turning tragedy into triumph

From Tragedy to Triumph By: Jodi When I gave birth to my first child I was barely eighteen years old, single, and wondering how I was going to make it. Erika was a beautiful baby with a lot of energy from the start. She hardly napped, had trouble sleeping at night, and got sick constantly. I worried about her health often, and became exhausted after multiple trips to the emergency room for varied illnesses ranging from pneumonia to ruptured ear drums. When she began having seizures following her routine vaccinations, I knew something was seriously wrong. The medical community had few ...[Read more]

Listening to Sheila

Sheila nearly drowned as a small child and now, her muscles at the age of 36, have a mind of their own because of her cerebral palsy.  But that doesn't stop Sheila from interacting with others.  Her beautiful blue eyes, look intently into your own as she struggles at conversation.  Her throat tightens, even her tongue twists from spasms and yet, she has something to say, a message that she wants to get across to me as I sit next to her wheelchair at camp one afternoon, surrounded by the noise of laughing children, carnival games and parents making connections with one another.  All of my ...[Read more]