Forgiveness is a journey of grief and courage that involves honestly tending the painful wounds inflicted by another. In my own journey of forgiveness, I wrestle with resentment and ways to bring about justice in my own way and timing.

Although the pandemic outlook in the U.S. is optimistic as restrictions are rapidly loosening, many parts of the world remain in crisis.

To encourage means to make strong, to hearten, to give courage and hope to someone. Who in your life needs courage and hope today?

The upheaval of this past year has provided the opportunity to establish new norms and to think outside the box in every aspect of life, especially professionally.

Spring is my least favorite season of the year. Why? It’s allergy season, the season of sneezing and itchy eyes and generally not feeling great. This was true in Colorado; it’s worse in Jordan, where I’ve discovered that I’m allergic to olive pollen.

Growing up, I had a lot of hobbies. Then I got married and had children. I no longer had time for fun and leisure activities. My life became filled with work, family responsibilities, kids’ homework, running my kids to their after-school activities—life. 

What is your profession? Did you know you can join the work God is doing through IDEAS projects in agriculture, business, community development, education, and health and wellness?

Many Americans are troubled by the state of the nation. It is an unusual feeling.

“Where can I make a phone call?” I asked my roommate who had lived in Casablanca for a year longer than I had. “There are no pay phones here,” she replied. Hmmm, I thought. Many people in the city don’t have the money for cell phones. How do they make calls?

“I am urine.” Carefully and tentatively I enunciate the unfamiliar sounds. My language tutor’s mouth twitches as she tries to keep a straight face. Politeness and honor are part of her country’s language culture. Trying hard not to laugh out loud, she then tells me what accidentally came out of my mouth while practicing verb declensions.

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