It Is Well

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God, how is this a good plan? On her worst days, this is the cry of Lauren Macher’s heart. This is her cry on the days when she’s too tired to cook. Too tired to work. Too tired to make plans with friends. Too tired to do anything but sleep. How is this what You decided? I don’t understand. The …

A Prepared Heart

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In the solitude of her surgeon’s office, Kristin Griffin fearfully fell to her knees in prayer. It had only been a few days since she learned of the tumor located in her chest—a mass only inches away from her heart, pushing against her lungs. And now the doctor said it could possibly be cancerous. Even before facing these circumstances, Kristin …

All I Need

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There’s no way I’m going to live to see my thirties, thought Anna as she lay in bed, unable to move. I give up. Seven years earlier, death wasn’t on Anna’s mind. Fresh out of college, engaged, and working as a stockbroker in northern California, her pursuit of the American dream was going as planned. Life was good. During this …

The Longing and the Love

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For Father’s Day 2015 at The Austin Stone Community Church, we asked one of our writers to create a poetic call to worship to use in our services. This is a sweet day for some, and a difficult one for others. But for every believer, this is a day to be reminded that all of our longings for a good …

The Weight of Two Worlds

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Shawn Martinez took a glass from the cabinet and set it on his kitchen counter. He grabbed a bottle of liquor, twisted off the cap and filled the glass. He picked up his headphones, put them on and turned the music up. It was 2:00 AM, and he walked out the door of his apartment. He wandered around the complex, …

Plan A

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At 9:30 on a Monday night, Matt and Hayley received the phone call they were waiting for. The Caring Family Network said they could have a three-year-old foster daughter in their home in two hours, and they had only a few minutes to decide. Could they take the child in? From the beginning of their relationship, Matt and Hayley talked …

Due Date of Grace

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“I don’t want to do this, I change my mind.” The words fell out of Daphne’s quivering mouth as nurses ushered her into the dimly lit room and onto the blanketed bed. “No, no, no. I don’t want to do this anymore!” “You can no longer make that decision,” the doctor responded. Daphne lay on that blanketed bed on May …