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By Jo Ann Alo / December 2, 2010 /

Michael Jackson has fizzled. One of the most popular figures of the day is but a fleeting thought at the sound of one of his musical accomplishments. Yea…there are a few worshipers…but for the most part, we simply smile at the thought of a few fancy steps. Pondering all that he had been given by…

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Our Mountain

By Jo Ann Alo / November 22, 2010 /

I struggle with prayer. I’ve said this before. I talk to God all day. I ask Him for everything I need. I praise Him, and believe Him, and I trust Him implicitly. (Thank you Jesus) The prayer I want, and do not have, is the prayer Jesus demonstrates and teaches me about. I’m talkin the…

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The Million Dollar Question

By Jo Ann Alo / November 1, 2010 /

No matter how hard I try I can not escape from my sin. I role truth through my head over and over. I set up boundries and new habits. I make new pledges of honor to myself…but when the satisfying thoughts of what I gain from my sin return…I go right back. “How long will…

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Earthen Vessels

By Jo Ann Alo / October 25, 2010 /

Five years ago I stepped off the court. I was concerned that I would not have enough activity in my life to stay trim. I asked the Lord to help me eat only what my body needed to be strong and healthy. I started walking for exercise and pleasure. I learned to cook. I became…

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Jesus

By Jo Ann Alo / October 9, 2010 /

I have a friend. She is very kind and thoughtful. Gracious and generous. We laugh about silly things, and always look forward to seeing each other. I love her. She believes Jesus was a great prophet. A holy man. She believes that he was God’s son. She says that she respects Jesus very much. She…

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The Jungle

By Jo Ann Alo / October 8, 2010 /

Over the last six years God delivered 5 unborn babies from death through me. I have probably preached the gospel over 300 times. I am not boasting when I say that God has done a mighty work through me. Because all that has been done in me is impossible for me. Impossible. Born a weakling.…

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Saved in Vain

By Jo Ann Alo / October 7, 2010 /

After I was saved I told my husband that Jesus was really alive. He thought I had lost my mind. I learned quickly that talking about Jesus…how He made things make sense…and how I was no longer alone in myself…was a reality that was best kept to myself. No child wants to be made fun…

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Death's Lie

By Jo Ann Alo / June 22, 2009 /

Death, why do you call me,as if to comfort me?You beg me to ask…“Is death better than life?”Look at me.My body is taut, my head reeling,my eyes fogged with tears.Surely, you are no comfort.Death does not come to me,it beckons me.Life comes to me,settles my flesh, stills my head,and clears my eyesto the horizon.(2004)

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We Are Sisters

By Jo Ann Alo / June 22, 2009 /

The little girl who was just like me,looks like me,even sometimes acts like me.She shared my first doll,my first day,my first date.She knew my deepest secret,my brightest moment,my favorite place.We share a distance no one else has been,laughter no one else finds funny,and stories no one else can tell.We are sisters.(2001)

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Walking the Wall

By Jo Ann Alo / June 22, 2009 /

I came to tell you,thank you,for that priceless gift you gave.I wanted to finally meet you,and touch your noble name.I sense your heroism around me,as I walk the long still Wall.I pause at the sound of the trumpet,as it plays its sobering psalm.The sacrifice will not be forgotten,that your life was cut in half.I am…

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