“Give me also springs of water.” Joshua 15:19: God’s Unwavering Regard For Women

By Jo Ann Alo / June 4, 2021 /

Women have to ask for what they deserve. Is it fair? No…it’s just a fact. Achsah grew up learning her worth. She was the daughter of Caleb, a just man who feared the Lord and fiercely followed God’s commands. Caleb arranged for her to marry the one man who would capture Kiriath-Sepher—an entire city set to…

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Love Is Not Compulsion: Love Is Conversion

By Jo Ann Alo / June 1, 2021 /

We volunteered our marital expertise for a marriage preparation class and fought before every meeting. Tried talking couples out of the clouds. But it couldn’t be done—because there’s something overpowering about becoming one. “The mystery which has been hidden for ages and from all generations, but now has been revealed to His saints. To them…

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We Walk By Faith: Experiencing God as we bravely and boldly surrender to Him

By Jo Ann Alo / May 29, 2021 /

I wanted to share here a blog I wrote for Growth Roots Co. (Click here) back in August 2020. I love this Company. Check out their Growth Book, the journal to document your entire year of growth. ♥♥♥ I’m totally distracted in church. Levi (who recently learned to walk) is out of his seat. Attempting…

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Letting Your Fledgling Go

By Jo Ann Alo / May 11, 2021 /

A mama robin lands, shrilling from the roof of the shed. Across the driveway her last fledgling rests inside the gutter on the corner of the house reluctant to leave the comforts of home. We watched her and papa serve meals and guard their young for two weeks without a break. But today it’s time…

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Getting More Than You Can Handle: The Truth About What God Gives

By Jo Ann Alo / April 25, 2021 /

The first time I heard someone say it, I thought God a cruel deity. The second time was after I’d read the whole Bible and couldn’t wait to set the record straight. She decreed it to a crowd of us during a lady’s retreat, “God never gives us more than we can handle.” Snapping back…

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It’s Not You It’s Me: Breaking Up With Social Media

By Jo Ann Alo / March 21, 2021 /

I haven’t been able to control the scroll. Some of you know exactly what I’m talking about. It all begins so innocently. A morning post for friendly followers and instantly we’re fixated on friendly’s all day! Me and my church girls are studying Priscilla Shirer’s, Elijah. (Thank you, Jesus, for sisters sitting in small spaces, around little tables, sharing their…

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How to Pray: An Age-Old Conundrum

By Jo Ann Alo / March 11, 2021 /

Demons of depression chased me home. Hurrying, I pressed into the door. Before turning the handle, I rushed to Jesus, Whisper Your sweet everythings into my ears. The one way the raised in Christ endure in all this dust and ash is praying in spirit and truth. God knows I want to fight my own fights.…

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Love Really Is Enough (When We Know What Love Really Is)

By Jo Ann Alo / February 7, 2021 /

Have you seen it in movies as often as I have? A father stands over his kids explaining how he and their mother were in love, But things change, and love wasn’t enough. It breaks my heart how we learn love is merely affection — physical connection. Where our bodies decide whether love thrives. The Righteous…

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For-Life: In And Out of the Womb (We Don’t Have to Pick Sides)

By Jo Ann Alo / January 10, 2021 /

When I was 17, it was 1981. At home pregnancy tests were not well known, but I knew I was pregnant before he drove me to the doctor. We’d discussed what I would do if this should ever happen months ago under the moon. (It’s not as though we were oblivious to the fire we…

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The One Way to A Whole Heart Is A Broken One (The Whole Heart of Christmas)

By Jo Ann Alo / December 17, 2020 /

It feels like a whole other lifetime since then — the hour my husband confessed his moment of infidelity. A split second can change your life forever, but what you ultimately uncover can change your future for the better. Nothing helps us become more like a child quite like The Child who became a man.…

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