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The cheerful giver

The cheerful giver

Mara Hodler

It was a typical morning in our home. We were all rushing to get ready for the day—kids getting ready for school, breakfast to be made, spaces to be tidied, and me trying... »

Don’t worry, be happy!

Don’t worry, be happy!

Mara Hodler

There are some things I’m good at: I can clean, organize, delegate, and plan like a boss. I can cook well enough to get paid to do it, and I can write pretty well. But I... »

Check your gauges

Check your gauges

Mara Hodler

I killed our van. I was driving along at the peak of summer—and also at the peak of rush hour—completely lost. In the middle of crawling traffic, my air conditioner stopp... »

How can I make a difference?

How can I make a difference?

Mara Hodler

Whenever I log in to Facebook or load a news website—or when I glance at the newsrack at the checkout—it seems there are always some really ugly things going on, and I fi... »

Knights and mirrors

Knights and mirrors

Mara Hodler

One of the movies I watched the most often when growing up was Man of La Mancha. [[Dale Wasserman, Produzioni Europee Associates, 1972]] It seemed that every couple of mo... »

Love never fails to love

Love never fails to love

Mara Hodler

Most of us are familiar with the phrase “Love never fails.” [[1 Corinthians 13:8]] It’s illustrated in children’s devotionals. It’s woven into songs, stories, and poems.... »

Jonathan’s integrity

Jonathan’s integrity

Mara Hodler

I’ve always thought Prince Jonathan, the son of Israel’s first anointed king, is an amazing example in the Bible of honor and integrity. Think about it: he was logically... »

The “being” part

The “being” part

Mara Hodler

Do you ever wonder if you are doing what God wants you to do? As in, what’s that purpose you were created for? What is it that you’re meant to do that will give your life... »

It’s my fight

It’s my fight

Mara Hodler

The movie Shenandoah is set during the American Civil War. It’s a moving story of a Southern family caught up in the conflict of the day. The patriarch of the family, Cha... »

Another layer of Easter

Another layer of Easter

Mara Hodler

I was thinking about Easter the other night when a line popped into my head: “He did not leave my soul in hell.” It sounded like a Bible passage, but I wasn’t sure. Neith... »

A tale of two camps

A tale of two camps

Mara Hodler

A friend of mine told me that when she was young, even though her family was close and they loved one another very much, fairness was always an issue. She said that when... »

Finding Christmas

Finding Christmas

Mara Hodler

Just about everyone is excited to receive a gift. There is something wonderful about knowing that someone cared enough to think about what you would like, shopped for it... »