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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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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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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