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Remembering the small stuff Jesus labeled large:

By Jo Ann Alo / June 24, 2019 / 0 Comments

A cup of cold water. A coat. A visit. A lost sheep. A bruised reed. What I look at. What I think about. How I ask. My No. My Yes. My cares. My doubt. My conscience. My contentment. My joy. The day. The hour. My friends. My neighbor. The stranger. My debts. All my tears.…

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Worth It

By Jo Ann Alo / June 14, 2019 / 6 Comments

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 / 6 Comments

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 / 0 Comments

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 / 0 Comments

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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Breakthrough

By Jo Ann Alo / May 30, 2019 / 0 Comments

Stretching himself along my side, his head lay on my shoulder. Affection always makes me flinch. Hands and feet are one thing but lingering full body contact asphyxiates. Inside I squirm, feeling compelled to escape. I’ll say I’m having a hot-flash, my shoulder hurts under the weight of his head — either one will serve to rescue.…

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Day 14 and 15

By Jo Ann Alo / May 28, 2019 / 0 Comments

Evening four-wheeler rides. The perfume of lavender sweeping off the earth. Burgers sizzling on the grill. Wild asparagus. Silky summer sheets. Ice cream parlors. Bare feet in cool grass. Bullfrogs passing through. Pictures from the past. Retelling Grandma’s stories. Six o’clock Scrabble. A dog lapping water. Busy birdhouses. Re-reading love never fails.  Praising: Thank you for…

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Day 12 and 13

By Jo Ann Alo / May 22, 2019 / 0 Comments

A red-winged blackbird has been spreading his tail feathers, fluffing his bright red shoulder patches, and sounding conk-la-ree!   outside my window three days now. At first we loved his arrival, until scratching and chest bumping his reflection became annoying. We tried shooing him away. We pitied him, and, for an instant—we considered putting him out…

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Day 10 and 11

By Jo Ann Alo / May 21, 2019 / 0 Comments

Butterflies. Rainbows after rain. Baking cake with your best friend. The whish-whooshing sound of the dish washer. Movie theatre popcorn. Mom and Dad for dinner. Laughing at ourselves. Sunbeams shooting through clouds. Squirrels looking for leftovers. Praying: Help me see things from Your perspective, Lord.  

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Hear my love.

By Jo Ann Alo / May 18, 2019 / 2 Comments

Assumption has been too much a part of my relationships. Our ears are designed to hear love—hear affection. Words are always entering our mind. Most are not audible and few are affectionate. I know…actions speaks louder than words, but words sweeten the soul. “You are my favorite part of the day,” he said over the…

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