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The widow’s mite

The widow’s mite

Marie Alvero

Jesus and His disciples were in the temple observing people giving their offerings. A wealthy man approached the coffer, drawing as much attention as he could to the fact... »

Your little light

Your little light

Marie Alvero

One Friday evening a few weeks ago, my husband and I decided to set out some lounge chairs in our driveway and let our neighbors know we would be out there with drinks an... »

Control?

Control?

Marie Alvero

I was one of the hopefuls that started last year with a brand-new planner. 2020 was full of promise, and I thought I had some control over the direction of the year. I ha... »

The patient one

The patient one

Marie Alvero

Life is a constant stream of contradictions—things to hold on to, to let go of, to fight for, to give up. We’re told to try harder, to give ourselves a break, to loosen u... »

The art of encouragement

The art of encouragement

Marie Alvero

As I write this a very good friend of mine is struggling with wave after wave of hard news. Her husband has been laid off from a job he held for 27 years, she had a suspi... »

You don’t need a guru

You don’t need a guru

Marie Alvero

Not long ago, my social media exploded with the news that a high-profile couple had announced their divorce. This power couple had established a following as “relationshi... »

Changing

Changing

Marie Alvero

I read something the other day that’s been running through my mind ever since: “The system you have in place today is set up to get exactly the results you are getting to... »

Christmas reset

Christmas reset

Marie Alvero

Last Christmas I was a few months into a new job. My new office was an hour from my home, my hours were from 2:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., and I worked on Saturdays. I was alw... »

This day

This day

Marie Alvero

Who would have thought that I’d be writing an article on the topic of happiness and satisfaction after everything that we have been through this year due to the COVID-19... »

The mystery of less

The mystery of less

Marie Alvero

Do you ever feel like, in order to meet your own expectations and those of others, you’d have to work relentlessly, push through the tired, ignore the stress—and you stil... »

Back to basics

Back to basics

Marie Alvero

I was standing in the checkout line at one of our local stores and noticed the lady ahead of me was wearing a brightly colored T-shirt with a Bible verse on it. Then when... »

Love, actually

Love, actually

Marie Alvero

Every year, at Christmastime, my husband has to endure my private tradition of watching Love, Actually.[[Richard Curtis. Universal Pictures, 2003.]] The movie weaves toge... »

The joy of community

The joy of community

Marie Alvero

Today I get the privilege of hosting five families for dinner. We’ve known each other for the better part of our lives, and tonight we’ll all come together in joyful comm... »