The Easiest Life There Is

Mom used to say, “The Christian life isn’t easy, but it’s still the easiest life there is.” Others seemed to think the Christian life was the most difficult, citing temptations, duties, persecution, etc. Mom wasn’t denying those things. I think she just realized the power and implications of Jesus’ words, “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened,…

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Alice’s Amusing Insight

Cockroach saying "I'm hard to kill!"

My friend, the late Alice Patrick, said some things that still help me—and maybe they’ll help you. She had been through some serious health issues, and I was worried about her. “How are you, Alice?” She smiled easily and answered, “The REAL me is fine!” Alice didn’t have an Eastern idea that her body wasn’t real. She just meant that…

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Power of the Bible

In 1976, Joni Eareckson Tada wrote the book Joni about God’s hand on her after the accident that rendered her a quadriplegic. Forty years later, she recalled: “When I was asked to write [the book], my friend Steve Estes warned, ‘Joni, just remember that your testimony won’t change people’s hearts. Only the Word of God can do that. Be sure…

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“Until You Reached This Place”

handwritten scripture

The year was 2000. My husband, Mark, had quit his job (partly at my insistence) because he was literally pacing the floor in his desperation to get back to Japan (where we’d been missionaries years before). The Japan plan wasn’t clear. The financial plan even less clear. But the motive was pure. And…well, some things ya just gotta do. We…

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