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What God Has Given

Posted by on Apr 26, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance, Single Parenting | 4 comments

What God Has Given

Fifteen years ago today, this little angel came into the world. I’m sorry, Nathan, but none of your baby pictures are on my desktop, and this one is worth a “Bad mom. Bad!” His middle name should have been Surprise (maybe in Gaelic). Instead we chose Joseph. I found out I was pregnant the day after September 11, 2001 while in the middle of writing my first book for Focus on the Family. Christian was about to turn eleven. I’d given away all of our baby stuff except the outfit Christian came home from the hospital in, the remains of his...

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When God Restores Us

Posted by on Apr 24, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance, Suddenly Single Mom | 6 comments

When God Restores Us

I found this bracelet in a consignment shop in Twain Harte during Nathan’s spring break. It’s made out of antique flatware. As soon as I saw it, I felt drawn to it. I gave myself permission to buy it when my mom also saw it and said, “Oh, Jeanette, this is you,” and I realized that it would complement my Suddenly Single Mom charm necklace, which also includes a piece of vintage flatware. But after I made my purchase and put the bracelet on, I knew I’d needed it for another reason. It had been made out of something restored and repurposed. My...

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Needy. That Dreaded Word

Posted by on Apr 19, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 7 comments

Needy. That Dreaded Word

Several months ago, I wrote this post for my friend Julie Elder’s blog, The Lies in Our Bones. She asked me to write it after several talks about our mutual fear of being seen as needy. Since then, the topic has come up again and again as I work through some leftover stuff. As I reread this post I immediately wanted to post it here with some added thoughts. So here it is:   After my husband left, I feared the labels I would earn almost as intensely as I feared court orders. I dreaded the first time I would have to check Divorced on a...

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Loving God’s Surprises

Posted by on Apr 13, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance, Writing Life | 6 comments

Loving God’s Surprises

I am still catching up after an incredible time at Mount Hermon, and reveling in all of the good things that happened there. I hardly slept, and I don’t think I have ever talked so much in my life (almost eight hours of teaching + a one-hour Orientation + co-hosting a meal table + several one-on-one appointments = a lot of speaking), but I would sign up to do it again in an instant. God’s plans truly are amazing. Based on my twenty-two trips to this conference, I knew He would work in ways that went much deeper than my workshop track and...

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One in Fifty

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance, Writing Life | 6 comments

One in Fifty

I expected to recycle or update another old post as I prepare for the Mount Hermon Christian Writers Conference, but something happened this week that begged to be pondered and blogged about. When I see “Mount Hermon” and “ponder” in the same paragraph, this bench comes to mind. On Monday, a devotion I’d written went live on the publisher’s website, along with a short blog post. I woke up to comments on my personal blog from readers who’d enjoyed the devotional reading and decided to check out my website, and a long string of comments on the...

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