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What I have learned on the cancer journey with my husband

I have been on a cancer journey with my husband for 8 years In fact, in the space of 10 days, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer, my wonderful father died, and my daughter lost a long awaited IVF pregnancy. It was a traumatic time. To his credit, my husband is a very determined man. […]

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Don’t give people permission to hurt you

I was standing at my kitchen sink washing dishes My mood was dark as I pondered a couple of mean spirited people in our church. “How could they be so critical?” I said to myself. We were pastoring a large church in Australia, working hard, doing our best, and all this couple could do was […]

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Echoes of joy from our lament!

The moment my life changed! A big burly police officer was standing at my front door. I smiled at him, thinking he was there to collect money for the police force after the tragic events of 9/11. “Are you Mrs. Alexander?’ he asked respectfully. “Yes!” I responded quizzically. Then the words came tumbling out of […]

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When you are undone by depression

I was 21, and contemplating and standing in the dog food aisle, when I realised that I did not want to kill myself anymore. I remember the moment clearly; I can even picture the bag of dog food I was examining when I realised that I did not want to die, that I wanted to […]

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The 5 secrets to controlling your anger

Is anger a sin?  As Christians, are we supposed to try not to be angry? What do we do with anger issues? Anger is a very real human emotion we all experience. God put within us the ability to feel all kinds of emotions, negative and positive ones. Anger serves a very real purpose in […]

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Can I really do all things through Christ?

Paul was in prison when he wrote Philippians I love the book of Philippians! It is full of encouragement and exhortation for our daily lives. What makes it such an exceptional epistle, in my view, is that when Paul wrote this letter it was from his prison cell where conditions were dismal and he was deprived […]

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How to help a friend through a difficult pregnancy

I’m at the age when most of my friends have decided it’s time to grow their families. There have been dinners where pregnancies are announced, and baby showers, and afternoons spent folding teeny-tiny clothing. And then there have been messages saying, “I’ve miscarried” and phone calls telling me to please pray because a pregnancy is […]

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