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Christian Living / by Shannon Quintana - about 3 days

Where Are You Placing Your Identity?

We all had a starting point in life. I was born into a Christian home with a pastor for a father. My parents have been married about four decades. My family ate dinner around the table almost every night, did Bible devotions and went to church every Sunday. This was my beginning. We all have one, and it’s easy to get where we started all mixed up with our identity. Being raised in a Christian home doesn’t m...

Christian Living / by Shannon Quintana - 2 months

Has a Piece of Sin Latched Onto You?

You don't exactly plan to be living in luxury on a mission trip, but you do hope to at least get a good night's sleep. Our hopes were dashed a little in the middle of our mission trip to Vietnam. There's no nice way to put it; the hotel we checked into was nasty. Our complimentary toothbrush packet was already open. A glass sat next to the sink with water still in it from the last customer, and there was no soap t...

Christian Living / by Shannon Quintana - 4 months

Should I Still Trust When Life is Unstable?

I was probably about 11 years old, and we were having a small gathering at our house for some people from our church. A man with a huge glass of iced tea walked over to our rickety piano bench to sit down. As soon as he sat on the unreliable bench, it gave way under his weight. He fell straight to the floor, spilling his cold drink all over himself. I have a vivid memory of being so embarrassed for this poor man. ...

by Shannon Quintana - 6 months

When God has a Plan

My family and I recently returned from a medical mission trip to Haiti. We met a special person who changed our lives. His name was Edison. He was eight months old but so malnourished and sick that he weighed only 14 pounds, the average size of a four-month-old. His nine-year-old brother, Esky, brought him to our medical clinic in Croix de Bouquets, Haiti, on a Sunday afternoon.Words don’t come easy when yo...

by Shannon Quintana - 6 months

How to Overcome Fiery Words of Anger

It was a difficult conversation. Don’t you hate those? I thought I was right; they thought they were right, which resulted in a heated war of the words. Unfortunately, the exchange escalated, and all of a sudden, I transformed into some sort of fire-breathing dragon bent on destroying any words that might come against me. I thought I was good. I thought I was sensible and wise and kind. But, when it was over, as I...

by Shannon Quintana - 8 months

How Placing Others First Brings Rest

My husband and I were all settled in our seats as our plane was boarding for a flight to Houston. Believe it or not, we had won a trip including flights, accommodations and tickets to the Super Bowl! We aren’t even sports fans, but, I mean, c’mon, it’s the Super Bowl, oh, and it was my birthday. God always gives the best gifts!A woman came down the middle aisle with a worried look on her face.It di...

by Shannon Quintana - 10 months

Divine Intervention: God is in the Details of Your Life

It’s hard to believe a new year is already here! I remember over the summer saying, “In only six months we’ll be singing Christmas songs!” Just this morning I was humming, “Baby It’s Cold Outside,” only to hear my 13-year-old say, “Mom, Christmas is over.” How did that happen so fast? I know it sounds so cliché, but my goodness, time flies; and it has nothing to do with it being fun or not…it just slips right thro...

by Shannon Quintana - 10 months

Have a "Mary" Christmas

Christmas trees, presents and parties, oh my! How’s that Christmas season treatin’ ya so far? Is it just me, or do people get meaner while driving their cars around this time of the year? All of a sudden, it’s as if everyone is saying within the confines of their car, “Get out of my way! I have WAY too much to do, and YOU are slowing me down!” Granted, there is a lot to think about during this season, and especial...