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“How Do You Learn Your Music So Quickly?”

Posted by on May 18, 2017 in God at Work, Living with Low Vision, Overcoming, Perseverance | 0 comments

“How Do You Learn Your Music So Quickly?”

The answer to the above question is, I have no idea. “How do you learn your music so quickly?” comes up whenever I join a new choir or worship team. I start out with my face buried in my sheet music, and by the end of rehearsal I’ve set it aside. On Sunday morning, everyone who knows me knows I can’t read the PowerPoint slides that the other vocalists rely on, but those who don’t probably assume I’m reading them too. I know where the slides are; depending on the location I might even be able to see that there are some...

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Why I Still Haven’t Prayed for Healing

Posted by on May 11, 2017 in God at Work, Living with Low Vision, Overcoming, Perseverance | 10 comments

Why I Still Haven’t Prayed for Healing

Recently, my experiences living with the rare vision problem, Achromatopsia, have come up in a lot of conversations, including one about the possibility of weaving this into a book. I’ve connected with two women—one through my blog and one through a Facebook group—who also have Achromatopsia. This is a big deal for those of us who grew up not knowing anyone besides a sibling who shared our eye condition. I’ve caught myself visiting the Achromatopsia Support Facebook Group more often to answer questions, share experiences, and Love pictures of...

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How it feels to be Half a Century Old

Posted by on May 4, 2017 in God at Work, Overcoming, Perseverance | 12 comments

How it feels to be Half a Century Old

I remember when my first boyfriend’s mom turned 50. “How does it feel to be half a century old?” he taunted on her birthday. Even as a teenager, I knew that was just mean. But secretly I wondered, too. How did it feel to be that old? It was the 80’s, and Cybil Shepherd had become the pretty face behind some cosmetic line’s 40 Isn’t Fatal campaign. If women needed to be reminded that 40 wasn’t a death sentence, what must 50 feel like? I had one of those forever-young moms who didn’t look her age no matter how many birthdays she acquired, so I...

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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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