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I’d love for you to join my Still Life Insiders Facebook group… As many of you know, I have struggled with severe depression for many years. Still Life, A Memoir of Living with Depression (publishing May 1st!) is a book that will give you a first hand, insider’s look at what that does to a mother, a family, and to a faith. I pray that God uses the book for good and helps others who struggle with mental health and their families to know they are…

Church: 5 reasons why you must minister to families affected by special needs

You must minister to families affected by special needs

Church: 5 reasons why you must minister to families affected by special needs This last weekend, I got to speak to a church about special needs ministry. It was such a valuable time for them and for me, I thought I’d share some key thoughts. Here are 5 reasons why you must minister to families affected by special needs… 1. It’s in the Bible 2 Samuel 9: David and Mephibosheth. David took in his friend Jonathan’s son who had special needs and brought him to eat…

A few places I’m showing up…

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A few places I’m showing up… I wanted to make sure you know about a few places I’m showing up these days both online and in print. About Down syndrome I have an article up at Today’s Christian Woman called Fighting the Darkness about my daughter Polly’s diagnosis of Down syndrome: Sometimes I look back on that time with shame. Having a child is a good thing. We know from the Psalms that “children are a gift from the Lord” (Psalm 127:3). And my theology…

On being as dumb as Peter, where I’m at today…

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                               On being as dumb as Peter (Note: The ‘he’ in these passages is Jesus) 22 Immediately he made the disciples get into the boat and go before him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowds. 23 And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone, 24 but the boat by this time was a long way[a] from the land,[b] beaten by the waves,…

Run and get your shoes

              Run and get your shoes My husband Sergei recently preached a sermon about following Jesus (OK, all of Sergei’s sermons are about following Jesus. Check them out at www.churchinroscoevillage.org). But this one stuck out to me. He was talking about Jesus and how a lot of us tend to follow him to get something out of it for themselves. They follow Jesus the life coach or Jesus the marriage counselor, or Jesus the CEO. But when God calls…