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Battle for the Bed

Somewhere amidst shadows of dreams I felt my husband, Loren, flip back the covers and climb out of bed. A dim light from the hallway disappeared when the bathroom door clicked shut.

Seconds later I felt the mattress beside me sink down. I snuggled closer and draped my arm over his quilt-covered body, then drifted deeper into sleep. My eyes fluttered open moments later when I heard the elevated pitch of Loren's voice.

"What are you doing? Get down." ... Read more


All Things New

"Mom, you don't need to call all the time to check on me," our twenty-year-old son, Joe, said. "I've got to go. And Mom, you need to get a life."

Before I could say goodbye, he hung up. His words echoed in my head. "Get a life." I felt like I'd arrived to work at the best job in the world and been handed a pink slip. Being a mom meant everything to me. ...Read more


Holding Your Marriage Together When Your Family is Falling Apart

Tears streamed down my cheeks as I drove to work. The angry exchange of words with my husband from the night before echoed in my head.

"Why did you do that?" Loren asked. "We agreed we weren't going to give him any more money."

"But he said he needed gas to go to work until payday." I reasoned. "And he promised to pay it back on Friday." ...Read more


Distant Promise

After over thirty years of marriage, I thought our days of romantic secrets had retired. That is, until Loren announced, "Don't plan anything for your birthday. I have a special surprise."

On the evening of my birthday, we dressed up and drove into town. We pulled into the parking lot of a strip mall and I scanned the storefronts. Hmm … a costume store, Harbor Freight Tools, the driver license place, and then I saw it. The sign on the corner building read, Arthur Murray Dance Studio. ...Read more


Where is Our Hope?

"Are you asleep?" I whispered.

"No ... I'm wide awake," my husband, Loren, said as he reached over and clutched my hand in his.

"Can you believe how much of your retirement we've lost?" I said. "What are we going to do? What if we lose everything?" We lay in the dark and wrestled with shadowy fears for our future. ...Read more


When Lord? Trusting God's Perfect Timing

"Oh Carol, wait until you hear," my coworker Melanie said. "I went to the doctor yesterday and he confirmed it. I'm pregnant."

My throat tightened and I pasted a smile on my face as I choked out a response. "That's great Melanie. Congratulations." ...Read more