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The superhero within

The superhero within

Maria Fontaine

Have you ever experienced some particular problem or pain that surprised you by how debilitating it was? Perhaps it was a sore toe or an earache that outwardly seemed sma... »

Faith in times of crisis

Faith in times of crisis

Maria Fontaine

No matter how devastating, irreversible, or hopeless things seem when you’re facing a major setback or a life-threatening situation, you can choose to continue to activel... »

Hope in hard times

Hope in hard times

Maria Fontaine

Life is hard, there’s no question about it. But there is someone you can talk with when decisions seem too hard to make. There is someone you can run to when your heart i... »

Goodbye past, hello future

Goodbye past, hello future

Maria Fontaine

Our future isn’t limited by our past. No matter what point we’re at now, the future is still as bright as God’s promises. If you’re not where you want to be, there’s time... »

Manger beginnings

Manger beginnings

Maria Fontaine

There are many things we can celebrate at Christmas, the most essential being the gift of our relationship with God through His Son, Jesus. To paraphrase a beautiful prom... »

Appreciating aging

Appreciating aging

Maria Fontaine

Since turning 70, I’ve been thinking more about the benefits of aging. Even though many of us who are getting older have already felt some of the disadvantages or difficu... »

Optimizing prayer

Optimizing prayer

Maria Fontaine

There are many instances when we pray for people and they are healed immediately or within a short time. But we also experience situations where we pray for some very ser... »

Love in the parking lot

Love in the parking lot

Maria Fontaine

Did you know that parking lots at midnight can be very romantic? I’m talking about the romance I experienced with Jesus while walking in a parking lot. I needed to get so... »

The thorn factor

The thorn factor

Maria Fontaine

I don’t think that God intended any relationships to be perfect. I think of it as the “thorn” factor that He allows into the equation—that element that we shrink from, bu... »

Perceptions

Perceptions

Maria Fontaine

When I feel a sense of weariness creep in, because the queue of deadlines seems to be getting a little too long, I find it helpful to occasionally stop for a few minutes... »

The unexpected birthday gift

The unexpected birthday gift

Maria Fontaine

I have a dear friend who told me about something that happened on his birthday. His car was in for repairs, and on this particular day he was driving someone in their own... »