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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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Love Includes You

By Jo Ann Alo / December 5, 2020 /

I spent the day with my middle daughter. The one who’s been climbing her whole life to find her worth. At the tender age of 5 her arms wrapped around my middle sitting in the pew while the teacher up front taught us we were sinners. We learned that God was a mountain and we…

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The One Book That’s Always New

By Jo Ann Alo / November 19, 2020 /

I’m so excited. I got a new Bible. It feels like the latest book from your favorite author. The one you’ve been waiting months to read. I’m giddy over new books. Getting an author’s new release of tragedy to triumph in my hands, I don’t want to let go. I resist opening them. I want…

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Held

By Jo Ann Alo / October 6, 2020 /

When Martin holds my hand old mother bear instincts kick right back in. His putty palm and delicate fingers, like gamma rays trigger Hulk reflexes and uncontrollably I transform into a huge, green superhero. Suddenly, threats lurking everywhere are no match for me. Heavy objects, electrical outlets, glassware — beware. Forks, knives, pencils, scissors —…

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Wild

By Jo Ann Alo / September 22, 2020 /

It took some convincing, but I finally got my husband to agree. This was our first summer letting half an acre of lawn grow wild. I’m happy to say, we’ve both enjoyed watching new wildlife pop up. As you would expect, it’s mostly long grass. But undoubtedly this natural setting has brought a few colorful…

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Daring To Wade Through Your Story Can Wash the Stink Off Your Past

By Jo Ann Alo / September 2, 2020 /

It still feels shameful to admit, I wet the bed till I was nine years old. I keep reading how sharing your story helps others from feeling alone. (And we all know a few things about loneliness.) But my story always sounds so embarrassing to me—even downright disgusting to repeat. Funny, how I didn’t think…

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We Can Enjoy All the Same Things and Come Completely Apart

By Jo Ann Alo / August 13, 2020 /

He couldn’t wait to take me there. “I have something to show you when you have a minute.” In our marriage that once meant, I know you’re gonna love what I love. Today it means, I know you. “I found a picture you are going to want to take.” He says, standing at door wide…

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You Take Brave Steps Toward Loving Others When You Count Yourself Worth His Love

By Jo Ann Alo / August 3, 2020 /

My Mama is not to be trifled with. She and Dad left suburban life broke, but determined to give their kids what they never had. Owning land, breeding animals, and growing fields in wide open spaces was the backdrop for a family that sticks together. Before my sister and I arrived Mama birthed two boys, breech.…

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The Ark of All Living Things

By Jo Ann Alo / July 17, 2020 /

“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing.” Romans 15:13 Are you believing in the One true God and His Son Jesus Christ — forfeit for your faults? If so, hope is an anchor for your soul. Once tossed, staggering on the waves of sins’ seductive pull, now held fast by…

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