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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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He cares. 1 Peter 5:7

By Jo Ann Alo / November 12, 2019 /

Everyday life can become a lonely place. We can feel singularly and hopelessly alone. It doesn’t have to be this way. We have a choice. We can leave our pride behind and be joined in the body of Christ. We won’t miss anything we trade. We’ll only gain everything we miss. Despite all the arguments…

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The Cost of Dreams/The Riches of Faith

By Jo Ann Alo / October 15, 2019 /

The book is finished. The memoir I’ve been writing: PERMISSION, Loving the Child You Were Written to Be. It has a beginning, a middle, and an end. A book I believe God called me to write. It’s done. No…it hasn’t been published. It hasn’t even been edited for errors or flowability or whatever it’s called…

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Live at Peace

By Jo Ann Alo / September 16, 2019 /

Biting lips and holding the tongue—isn’t that keeping the peace? No words get exchanged, no fighting ignites, and everyone walks away in one piece. No bloodshed doesn’t mean no harm done. How many times have I walked out, or sent others away, emotionally injured, insulted, or hostile? Thin grinned and clutching coats we can’t get…

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Worth It

By Jo Ann Alo / June 14, 2019 /

Have you ever given a gift that was blatantly unappreciated? I found one of those pivotal bible verses calligraphed onto a plaque I thought perfect for a friend. She struggles with depression. LOVE NEVER FAILS, hanging on her wall might be exactly what she needs to coax her into a brighter future. Maybe if she loved…

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Grateful

By Jo Ann Alo / June 10, 2019 /

Suffering with social anxiety makes the heart wilt and the brain blank. It’s been busy. And impossible to write these past few days, but feeling lighter today. So grateful for breeze blowing through bedroom windows. A tall, leafy red oak bouncing off the wind. Welcoming moss roses to our front door. Ham sandwiches and watermelon…

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Day 24

By Jo Ann Alo / June 6, 2019 /

Grandson sleeping with snorkel and mask. Storytime. Goodnight kisses. Thunder. Grandpa’s that juggle. Long evening talks with missed loved ones. Watching tired babies eyes close. Caught up in this verse today: “I will dwell in them.”—2 Corinthians 6:16 Oh my soul, you are not left alone, nor shall you ever be. How extraordinary a God,…

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16, 17, 18, 19

By Jo Ann Alo / May 31, 2019 /

Children catching themselves in the mirror. Replanting gifts in the ground. Three-way calls with friends. Returning home. Grocery list for grandkids coming. Ripe red strawberries. Knuckles rubbing whiskers. A doves coo like a bass drum in a symphony of first light. Praying: May I diffuse the fragrance of Your knowledge in every place.

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