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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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Epidemic Harmony

By Jo Ann Alo / July 7, 2020 /

Call me crazy, but this deep-dyed introvert loves social media. Cutting ties with trusty electric keys on humming machines, carbon paper, and white-out, I was smitten with auto correct, copy & paste, edit, and delete. Clicking till the cows came home, I stopped dreading the long, hard road of starting all over again. But I’m…

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We Can’t Afford To Be Hearers, and Not Doers of the Word

By Jo Ann Alo / May 28, 2020 /

We had to do something. Filling two grocery carts, we carried 25 bags of mercy door to door on the poorest side of town. Bought styrofoam container of mud and worms for the young robin abandoned in the gutter—because we couldn’t watch one more senseless death. Still breathing here. Holding on and handing out because…

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When Your Heart Starts Turning Dark in the Brightest Season

By Jo Ann Alo / May 21, 2020 /

The sun stayed up till eight o’clock last night. My front yard is bloomin’ pink petals and last year’s perennials. I’m watching tree buds turn into shoots. Coiled leaves uncurl like a newborn fist. Soft and supple, every lobe carefully carved. Form and color quietly march in right before my eyes. Sparrows and finches fill…

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How Turning Over Your Life Is More Crucial Than Returning to Life as Usual

By Jo Ann Alo / May 1, 2020 /

I called my Mama today. It don’t matter how long it’s been since she folded my clothes—sometimes I just need my Mama. I can’t feel her hands through the phone. I miss her. I need her, but her voice will have to be enough. Affection is not something she lavishes, but if you come into…

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I Don’t Want To Change the World, I Just Want To Keep Changing

By Jo Ann Alo / March 22, 2020 /

I was twenty-four when my knees bent to Jesus. Bringing a boatload of baggage into my born-again life. Married six years with two littles, I had a heap of bad behavior to reorganize. Cigarettes and swearing had to go. Movies, TV shows, music—all required revamping. Bible reading and morning prayer needed implanting. I had a…

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Go Forward

By Jo Ann Alo / January 25, 2020 /

The country is a mess. The world is a mess. But believer do not lose heart. Israel was in the same sinking boat. Their story was written for our sake that we should not lose hope. It’s natural to feel afraid when all we see is Pharaoh’s horses and chariots chasing after our liberation. But…

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“God loves you.” Deuteronomy 23:5

By Jo Ann Alo / December 9, 2019 /

Relaxing in his comfy chair after setting up the tree, Which one is your favorite? Curled up on the couch, hugging pillow, I’m staring straight past him at silver circling two long-ago lovers skating across festive green. Mine too, he gleefully agrees, on his feet and confirming our communion. We haven’t always agreed. We’ve slammed doors, spun gravel, and…

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