Elaine McAllister

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The Struggle is Real!

The Struggle is Real!

Posted by on Nov 29, 2017 in Faith, Just Life! | 0 comments

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 experiencing it just yet. My world is a flurry of unknown realities...

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God’s Perfect Timing

Posted by on Aug 31, 2017 in Faith, Family, Just Life!, Thankful |

“I’m so sorry,” I said, stoically, “but as much as I WANT to accept your offer, I’m going to have to turn it down.” There was hesitation on the other end of the line. Perhaps even disappointment. The elder board chairman had expressed their overwhelming support when offering me the position – a dream job, in my opinion. One I knew I’d love; a...

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Little is Much…

Posted by on Aug 18, 2017 in Faith, Just Life!, Thankful, Writing | 4 comments

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 less. Only 26! Each one has its own voice. Each one holds promise. Each has a role,...

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I Am From…

I Am From…

Posted by on Jun 20, 2017 in Faith, Family, Just Life!, Thankful, Writing | 9 comments

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 sunny plains of Kansas. From hot, humid...

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Heaven’s Blockbuster

Heaven’s Blockbuster

Posted by on Jun 6, 2017 in Bible Study, Faith |

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 captured and carried into that Biblical scene as if it were showing in 3-D right in front of...

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“But, I WANTED this baby…”

“But, I WANTED this baby…”

Posted by on May 21, 2017 in Faith, Family, Infertility, Just Life!, Miscarriage, Pregnancy | 7 comments

I’ll never forget that time! Though decades have passed, the memory remains palpable! It was the late 1970s. Jim and I had been married a few years, and though we had agreed to wait at least five years to start a family, I found myself yearning for motherhood. He, on the other hand, was resolute in that decision so as other friends were having...

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