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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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My Word Is My Love: A Poem

By Jo Ann Alo / February 19, 2021 /

Half a heart won’t ever be enough to grasp the reach of My love. Come back this way, you’re not that far. Seek Me first with all your heart. I am He who gets demons off your door. Come, sit with the word of the Lord. I am here every hour, every day. I destroy…

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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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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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