Sharing Prayer Has Great Impact

It’s one thing to help someone who has fallen on hard times without having done anything wrong. But it’s much harder for me to understand how people can leave their comfort zones to help people who have brought the hard luck on themselves. I received a letter from a woman named Marilyn Johnson that got…
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Replacing Hurt With Hope

My friend, Kristi, said something the other day that made my heart stop for a moment. But let me back up. Kristi is a one-woman parade: marching band, confetti, the whole works. She walks into the room and brings sunshine and gale-force winds. She has more energy than anyone I have ever met. Anyone. Ever.…
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Girl’s Work Resonates Long After She’s Gone

I want to follow up on the column I wrote last week about volunteering with your kids. The day after it appeared in the paper, I got an email from a woman named Karen in Sykeston, N.D. I think she illustrates better than I ever could just how much of a difference one person can…
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Get Kids Involved In Volunteering

My daughter has decided to quit Girl Scouts. Her best friend left the group and her leader took on another role, so basically my daughter feels like she would have to attend meetings without two of her favorite people. Half of me is dancing around the house in absolute glee because that means we won’t…
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Give The Gift Of Warmth

When I was a little girl, my mom took me shopping for a winter coat. My parents had recently divorced and were still trying to figure out who would pay for what when it came to clothes, shoes and after-school activities. Wintertime was right around the corner, so my mom and I went to the…
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