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Nature has a way of humbling us, of stepping into our lives with previously unthought power and reminding us what truly matters. That's how I felt these past two days while surveying storm damage … more
“The preacher’s coming!” Dad announced to Mom as he placed the old black phone back on its cradle. Mom quickly took in the “lived-in” look of our farmhouse and rushed to remove the pile of … more
“Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all day long.” Psalm 25: 4-5 Mid-May is graduation … more
We were lucky to have survived the big storm last week without any damage, but living without electricity for a day was more of a challenge than I would ever have imagined. When the power first went … more
As Christians we pray to be good examples in front of the world. Sometimes, we should be more careful. A man was being tailgated by a stressed-out woman on a busy boulevard. Suddenly, the light … more
I don’t know how you feel, but in my opinion, parenting is hard! Someone must have forgotten to hand me the instruction manual when my children came home. I have yet to meet a parent who wouldn’t … more
“Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her.” Luke 10:41-42 The … more
The man in front of me in the checkout lane examined the contents of his wallet and shook his head. He glanced up at his cohort, another guy about his age. “I may have to get another job if Paul … more
I hope everyone enjoyed the Mother’s Day weekend. I was spoiled by my husband and daughter and then able to spend a great day with my mom on Sunday. My husband Josh asked what I wanted for … more
How are you with computers? Where do you keep your passwords? Here's a story that will let you know that some stories are better than others. Seeing a homeless guy begging on the street, a woman took … more
Over the course of my career, I have performed countless pelvic exams on women of all ages from all walks of life. There are two common patient behaviors that I have observed. First, most women leave … more
There has never been a better time to talk about tourism in South Dakota. May 1-7 is National Travel and Tourism Week (NTTW) across the country. In South Dakota, we celebrate the Great Faces, Great … more
“’Unless I see the mark of the nails in his hands, and put my finger in the mark of the nails and my hand in his side, I will not believe.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Have you believed because you … more
There are hundreds, maybe thousands of them lying dormant in our brains, just waiting. Suddenly, at any given time, a signal triggers a part of our memories, and uninhibited, spontaneous song pours … more
Mother’s Day is right around the corner, and it’s a great time for all to do something special for the moms in your lives. I think most moms would agree that it’s not about how much you spend … more
Things aren't always as they seem: A woman was waiting at an airport one night, with several long hours before her flight. She hunted for a book in the airport shops, bought a bag of cookies and … more
The act of breathing is essential to life and can be done with or without thinking about it. You can control your breath and vary it, but eventually air must come in, and air must go out.  The … more
An optimistic mindset can change more than just how we see the world – it can change everything about our lives. Winston Churchill summed up how when he said, “A pessimist sees the difficulty in … more
For two days the north wind has howled through the trees and rammed into windows here in southwest Iowa. Fifty-five miles per hour gales put us in a wind advisory area more times than I care to … more
“Mom, what are you doing?” one of my boys asked in amusement, looking over my shoulder. I quickly moved the photo, embarrassed he had seen it. What was I doing? I had zoomed in on a photo of my … more
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