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I don’t know that I was born with a pen in my hand, but I do remember that I have ALWAYS loved to write. 

My hope is you’ll find inspiration, encouragement, truth, and even a bit of humor in my words penned in this blog! 

Let me introduce myself.  I’m a wife to one, mom to two, grandma to five, and I live in the middle of the United States of America with my husband, and a cat named Mufasa who believes he owns our home!

Elaine McAllister Author – Recent Blog Posts

The Struggle is Real!

It's real. This struggle. The churning in my gut. The thoughts racing haphazardly through my mind. Those fears. Those what-ifs. Those prayers for which I have no words. I'm thankful God knows my groanings, and I'm thankful for His promises of peace, though I'm not...

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Comfort Zone

My dictionary defines "comfort zone" as being "the level at which one functions with ease and familiarity." I'd say that pretty accurately describes where I found myself. I was overweight, and out of shape. I'd always been strong enough, and stubborn enough, that my...

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Little is Much…

In this country, where excess is commonplace, and millions of people seek after that which is bigger and better, isn't it ironic that SO MUCH can often be accomplished by SO LITTLE. Warning: Random thoughts ahead! Our alphabet has only twenty-six letters! No more. No...

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I Am From…

At a recent writing workshop, an 'exercise' was given to 'emulate' a poetry 'form' (I chose the often-emulated "I Am From" by Mary Pipher) .... I am from Arden and Nadine. From Carl and Bertha. From Marvin and Madge Edith. From the wooded hills of Iowa and the flat...

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Heaven’s Blockbuster

When reading the Bible do you ever visualize the story in your mind’s eye, wishing you could have been there? A friend once shared devotions at a staff meeting, retelling an all-too-familiar Bible story with such passion that every listener was enthralled. We were...

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A Taste of Thankfulness

I'm practicing thankfulness!  How about you?  It's a challenge that is gaining popularity, and it is definitely a practice that has value.  Join me on this journey... I'm grateful for my body! Thankful that I'm taking better care of it - finally. Thankful that it's...

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Fifty Fat Facts

Do you know what fifty pounds of fat looks like?  I don't either, but I know what five pounds looks like thanks to a recent picture shared on the internet!  It's kind of gross, isn't it? Until recently, I carried around ten times that much excess weight, so I...

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Hand in Hand

Hand in hand, mother and daughter walked down the stairs. Shawna and I, both nervous about what was to come, were on an adventure visiting the preschool she would soon be attending. The room was alive with color! Shapes, numbers, and letters decorated the walls. ...

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First Things First!

When preparing for our 'first' Bible study of this new series, I was reading - both in my Bible, and in a plethora of research books and commentaries I have.  Having led studies for several years, this is not a new thing to me, but this particular study is without a...

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Contagious Wellness

There's more to life than eating! I think I just learned that! Eating and entertainment used to be synonymous.  Our social life - such as it was - involved food!  My husband and I would meet friends for dinner.  We'd invite the kids and grandkids over, and we'd eat....

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A Frozen Fiasco

Spring thaws and heavy rains would often cause the winding creek to overflow its banks, making it necessary for the county to pour a concrete high water bridge on this rarely traveled road. The concrete allowed local traffic to ford the creek and continue on their way...

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Riding the Wind

He’s on two and I’m on three, Just as happy as we can be, Sun on our back and wind in our face, Riding together all over the place! No more time sheets – no alarms! Praying God keeps us from harm. He’s on two and I’m on three, Doin’ life together – it’s how it should...

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“When do I ‘arrive’?”

"When do I arrive?" It was a question I struggled with. I was a young wife and mother - well, not real young - but just not feeling like I was where I wanted to be in my Christian walk. Nothing was wrong with it, I just wanted more. I wondered, when do I get to the...

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Launching with Faith

What if the alarm doesn't go off, and we don't make it to the church in time to drop off our daughter for the mission trip?  It was an early morning departure time, and we had an hour drive to even get there, so our alarm was set much earlier than usual.  We would...

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Friends.

I’m thankful for the friends I have had to share my life.  They are diverse. They are unique. They are priceless to me. As a child, I was ‘forced’ to make new friends, and often.  You see, I lived in six different states – Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma, Illinois,...

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Sticks and Stones…

Do you ever wonder about the power of words in the ears of a child?  Words are more powerful than many imagine.  Especially the negative ones! "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me!"  If you're from my 'era', you heard that growing up -...

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My ‘Whys’!

Habits are hard to break!  The "will" is a strong thing!  And, change is difficult. In this, the first month of the year, there are many who are, most likely, expressing those same thoughts if they made New Year's Resolutions, or lifestyle changes.   We've all been...

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Winter Jealousy!

Feeling jealous today!  It's Christmas Day!  Not a feeling I should have - especially today, right?  Well, I'm jealous! I'm in the living room, listening to my husband's muffled voice and occasional laugh coming from the other room.  He went in there to make a phone...

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Thankful

The lights on the tree are still twinkling - Funny thing -  I hadn't even noticed them earlier!  There was too much commotion!  Happy voices! Laughter! Giggles! Commotion, yes!  But, it's much too quiet now! Underneath the tree, it's unfamiliarly bare!  Two trash bags...

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What’s Your Ark?

Recently, while reading in the Old Testament, I made some interesting discoveries. In Genesis, I saw DECEIT as the unwritten theme.  Overwhelmingly so.  Take a look… The serpent deceives Eve. Eve deceives Adam. Adam lies to God. Then, there’s the first murder.  The...

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Mama’s Hands

They held me as a newborn, as she praised God for the little girl she’d so desperately prayed for, and nearly lost. They fed and clothed and cared for me as a little girl who was so blessed to call her mine. They disciplined me when I chose wrong over right, always...

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Something Added…

Lately, I've been thinking a lot about life, and growing older!  (Did I say that? Old?  Me? Nah!  Can't be!)  It's funny - well, maybe not - when you come to the realization that you have less years AHEAD than in your PAST! I'm there. How about you? I've noticed that...

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Welcome, I’m Elaine. I’m a follower of Jesus Christ, a choreographer of words, a challenger of the status quo, an admirer of all things colorful, and a lover of life who finds great comfort and joy in knowing I’m completely adequate to do whatever it is God calls me to do!

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