Tag Archives: Personal Accounts

  • Break open in emergency

    Break open in emergency

    Recently two friends got in touch to let me know about some pretty major events that were happening in their lives. First, Ina called to share that her daughter had tested positive after being leukemia-free for three years. She had just received the heartbreaking news and was overwrought with emotion when she called. Later that […]

  • 01-Island-memories

    Island memories

    About 30 years ago, my husband Gabriel and I had just welcomed our daughter into the world. At the time we lived on a mountaintop overlooking a lush valley on a beautiful tropical island in the Caribbean. Gabriel had his dream job working with musicians on a musical radio program. The valley was uncomfortably hot, […]

  • 02-Joy-fulfillment-happiness

    Joy, fulfillment, happiness

    We all have many opportunities and possibilities to move forward in our faith, our relationships, our work, our inner lives, and more. Of course, making progress in any area requires determination, discipline, effort, sacrifice, and hard work, but the results are worth it. I believe that joy, fulfillment, and happiness are intrinsically connected to being […]

  • 03-The-joy-filled-life

    The joy-filled life

    The discouragement was overwhelming and growing by the minute. So many things were coming at her; possibilities were expiring; problems were piling up. Teaching is never an easy job. And it’s the most difficult at the beginning and end of the school year—this was the last week. One of her favorite classes didn’t do well […]

  • 04-Zero-credits-full-benefit

    Zero credits, full benefit

    As a college freshman, one of the things I disliked the most was required, zero-credit Physical Education (PE) classes. At my university, undergraduate students were required to take four consecutive semesters of PE. I hated the feeling of working for nothing. In addition, I was truly out of my element at PE. My first course […]

  • 05-Stressed

    Stressed out

    I have a six-year-old nephew who loves video games. The other day I was sitting with him while he was playing a racing game on his Wii. The levels were getting progressively more difficult, the speed was faster, and the courses were more hazardous. I could see him becoming more and more stressed—his face was […]

  • 06-An-unusual-taxi-driver

    An unusual taxi driver

    Ring, ring, ring… My cell phone interrupted my Internet browsing. “Sir, we have found the problem with your vehicle. You can come now and pick up the broken part as a sample to buy a replacement,” the cheerful voice on the other side informed me. “Already?” I asked. “Yes, and if you come down now, […]

  • 07-nothing-to-fear

    Nothing to fear

    My worst fears came upon me the day I landed in the hospital. I dreaded entering the huge, ominous health factory, where impersonal doctors would study my symptoms with a distant professional look, and nurses would appear at my bedside at the strangest hours to stick me with a thermometer, an injection, or a cup […]

  • 08-riding-the-wave

    Riding the wave

    It was one of those mornings when you wake up and get barraged with one piece of bad news after another. Everything that can go wrong does, and there seems to be no end to this downward spiral. To top things off, my wife was away on a trip, and things are always worse when […]

  • 02_All-will-be-well

    All will be well

    While surfing the internet, I stumbled upon a Positive Outlook test. I consider myself a fairly positive person, with some room for improvement, but I was curious to see if I was right. Since the test would only take a few minutes, I filled in the answers. When the results appeared, I wasn’t too surprised. […]

  • 04_weak-yet-strong

    Weak yet strong

    Nine years ago, I underwent a surgery that changed my life. When I was rushed to the hospital with terrible pain in my lower right abdomen, tests revealed that a large gangrenous cyst had ruptured, requiring emergency surgery. My surgeon assured me that I would be back on my feet within two months, and I […]

  • 05_gift-from-two-brothers

    A gift for two brothers

    Have you ever wanted to do something to help someone or longed to make a difference in the world, only to have your good intentions sidetracked by thoughts of why your efforts wouldn’t work? One such occasion happened last summer when my wife and I stopped to eat at a fast food restaurant that serves […]