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Over the Rail

By Laura L. Wood   I sat in the mall with my two preschoolers, my own infant, and a baby I was babysitting. I had made the monumental effort of getting out of the house with these little ones to ward off the loneliness, isolation, and boredom that come with raising young children. As I […]

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Hope for the Hopeless

By Laura L. Wood   The once-hidden problem of human trafficking has taken the limelight in recent years. According to the January/February 2013 issue of Prism magazine, the sex trade exploits approximately one million children annually. An estimated 27 million slaves exist in the world. The Center for Global Impact (CGI) fights this alarming trade. […]

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Finding Contentment in God

By Laura L. Wood   We’ve all had them. Days when nothing goes right. Days when we oversleep, yell at the kids to get ready, miss the bus, walk in late to work, lose the important document we were working on, burn the dinner, send the kids to bed early and gruffly, and fall into […]

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Murderous Intentions

By Laura L. Wood   “Do not murder.” On the list of commandments, this sounds like an easy one. I can check that off right now. As with any Old Testament command, however, the sixth commandment must be understood in the light of Jesus’ teachings. Jesus takes the ancient mandate a step further than simply […]

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The Perfect Woman

By Laura L. Wood   “I’m trying to model myself after the Proverbs 31 woman,” I heard my friend say. Inwardly, I cringed. The proverbial Proverbs 31 woman. The Wonder Woman of the Christian world. While she doesn’t twirl a magic lariat or fly in an invisible jet, she does just about everything else. I […]