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Who I Was Writing About All Along

Ashley Trammell Wedding-Chispa Magazine-Five Year Anniversary-1

This coming Thursday, my husband and I will celebrate our fifth anniversary. Officially out of newlywed territory, although we have felt like veterans for most of our time as husband and wife. We had our first baby just two months shy of our first anniversary. We feel like old pros sometimes. See, we’ve covered a…

Sensitive Spots

God-Light-Chispa Magazine

When we physically fall hard enough the evidence is a rainbow-colored bruise on our skin—or, if the fall is bad, stitches and/or broken bones (ouch). We usually learn to hide the bruise with makeup or choose to wear different clothes, so we don’t show others “how bad the fall” was. If the fall resulted in…

Caring Well for Elderly Parents

Caring for Eldery-Chispa Magazine

The role reversal of caring for your parents after they spent so many years caring for you, can be a shock to the system of all involved. Some elderly people will not admit that they need help and this can make the situation even worse. Not everyone is suited to caring for others and if…

Letter To My Sisters Who Have Chosen Abortion

Dear Sister, Sweet One, I will not pretend to know what you have gone through. I know that most of the time, abortion is chosen because of desperation. I can’t even begin to imagine the confusion, the loneliness, the pain that has been a part of your story. I can imagine, however, the people have…

It Was Like… Magic

Magic-Chispa Magazine-Maggie Sabatier-Smith

“It was like… magic.” How many of us remember that line from the movie Sleepless in Seattle? In the movie Sam Baldwin (Hanks) describes it like this, “It was a million tiny little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together, and I knew it. I knew…

Fully Loaded for War

Armor of God-Chispa Magazine-Kuan-Yin

Soldiers are trained to shoot an enemy, dug defensive trenches, and defend a territory. Why would the Lord of the Bible tell us to put on “armor” if we would not “physically” be in a fight? God gives us everything we need for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3). But, the thief of Earth comes…

How to Stop Bad Habits Ruining Your Life

Addicted to Social Meda-Chispa Magazine

We’ve all got them, and while there are habits that can be good for you, there are even more that are bad. Your good habits promote your well-being and success, while your bad ones can cause depression, fatigue and create a barrier that stops you being successful and feeling happy. However, you don’t need to…

The Grace That Moms Need

Mom-Grace-Ashley Trammell-Chispa Magazine

This has been a tough season of motherhood. I have three kids 18 months apart. My daughter just turned four and, that same day, my boy/girl twins turned two and a half. Having kids that close together has been an adventure. The older they get, the more like triplets they are. Last week, I cried…