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Anne Adriance

Featured in 2013 Edition
In the midst of a year of transitions, ANNE ADRIANCE of Oldwick, New Jersey, has learned more profoundly that the most important things never ever change. For that, she says, “I am deeply grateful. My husband Matt and I have had one son graduate from college and start a life on his own, and another son live in faraway cities all year long. It's meant we've had to learn new ways of relating as parents, expressing our feelings and sharing our connections as a family. Through it all, my love for my precious family, and my joy in living the life I have before me, has only grown!

Sam Adriance

Much has changed in the last year for SAM ADRIANCE of New Haven, Connecticut, but the most important things have remained the same. Sam and Emily have settled happily into married life and have made a home with their cat, Crookshanks. “I love being married,” Sam says. “Going through this journey we call life is so much better when you have someone to share it with.” He just finished his final year of law school and began a yearlong position working for a federal judge in Bridgeport. When that commitment ends, Sam and Emily will join Sam's brother, Ned, in Washington, DC. Sam's parents, Anne and Matt, are still a major part of their lives, and Sam's in-laws, Nancy and Mark, have become integral members of the family.

marci alborghetti

MARCI ALBORGHETTI and her husband, Charlie, of New London, Connecticut, are newly infatuated with Baltimore's Inner Harbor neighborhood, which they can easily reach by train, and they enjoy their road trips throughout New England and New York. When they aren't traveling, they continue their involvement with the local homeless shelter and the friends they have made there. Marci also corresponds with several individuals through the Church of the Brethren's Death Row Support Project. Her twenty-fifth book was published, and she is now working on a series of Scripture-based books. “I am blessed by the number of opportunities God offers to do the work Jesus taught us to do,” she says.

Andrew Attaway

“Could this really be the year I turn 68? I still can't believe it,” writes ANDREW ATTAWAY of New York City. “Maybe one of the reasons I can't believe it is our family: one soon-to-be teen (Stephen), one early teen (Maggie), one midteen (Mary), and two young adults (Elizabeth and John). There's truth in the saying that children keep you young—just by watching and trying to keep up with them. And when there are bumps in the road, I can't sit under my vine and fig tree and read a book. I have to keep moving. Amid it all, there's the knowledge that God abides with me in His Word, in life's quiet spaces and in its difficult moments, in the love of family, and in the incredible generosity of friends.”

julia attaway

“I used to think that if I could plow through whatever obstacle I faced, I would be able to resume my normal life,” writes JULIA ATTAWAY of New York City. “But this year I realized there was another way of looking at things.” In the midst of an extremely difficult series of family crises, the phrase “Abide in Me” began to take on new meaning. Instead of pushing against the rough stuff, Julia focused on simply moving toward God. This attitude had a huge impact on her faith. “My prayers shifted from ‘Make this problem go away!' to ‘Show me what I need to see and how to draw closer to You!' In that sense, it was a fruitful and wonderful year.”

karen barber

A number of years ago, KAREN BARBER of Alpharetta, Georgia, met a remarkable physical education teacher with multiple sclerosis who accepted her limitations by trusting that God was there with her. “She told me that even though her physical disability sidelined her, she could still support her students by cheering them on,” Karen relates. “Since then I've often had to remember to abide and make myself at home with God when I face a not-so-welcome ‘new normal' in my life, such as high blood pressure, the divorce of our son Chris, or our son John's career move away from home.” Karen learned that with a retired husband, three sons, and two grandchildren, there's always a “new normal” just around the bend, where God is inviting her to abide with Him once again.

evelyn bence

“I'm not much of a vacation traveler,” admits EVELYN BENCE. “I just walk out my front door and find an ambience that spans the world—from Central America to northern Africa and southern Asia. Where do I reside? In a diverse neighborhood in Arlington, Virginia. Where do I abide? Rooted in the life of Christ, hoping to bear the fruit of blessing.” Two focal points of Evelyn's year have been table hospitality and spreading the word about her new book, Room at My Table, which is filled with meditations intended to inspire hosts as well as guests.

erika bentsen
“I'm experiencing a profusion of blessings and healing, both spiritual and physical,” says ERIKA BENTSEN of Sprague River, Oregon. After a career-ending back injury two years ago brought an abrupt halt to ranching life as she knew it, Erika struggled to find the path God intended for her. “When I finally changed my prayers from ‘But I want' to ‘Yes, I will,' overwhelming peace followed—and blessings began to flow. I can still live in the country I love, surrounded by animals, but I'm taking a step back from the constant workload to savor life. Today is not only different from before—it's better. I want to thank all of the dear Daily Guideposts readers who sent prayers and letters of comfort. I am overwhelmed and humbled by their outpouring of support.”
rhoda blecker

“I always wondered how Job could keep faith,” writes RHODA BLECKER of Bellingham, Washington. “But now I really do understand. After Keith died, I found out that Los Angeles County had no record of our wedding thirty-five years ago. Then the bank couldn't find the power of attorney that Keith had signed to give me access to his account. When I tried to sell his truck, I discovered the state of Washington had never sent the ownership documents to us. On top of all of this, the cemetery buried Keith in the wrong grave and the headstone was installed facing the wrong way. I was starting to fray at the edges. Then, two months after Keith's death, our dog, Anjin, was diagnosed with cancer. It could have felt like the last straw, but somehow God gave me the strength and grace to cope. Anjin had surgery and was pronounced healthy. And I began to heal too.”

gina bridgeman

Featured in 2013 Edition
GINA BRIDGEMAN of Scottsdale, Arizona, is happy and grateful to return to the pages of Daily Guideposts after a one-year hiatus. In that time, son Ross graduated from Belmont University; Maria is a high school junior who would tell you the best thing that happened this year was learning to drive. “This past year, in my absence from Daily Guideposts, I realized how thankful I am for its readers, who wrote and called to check on me and my family,” Gina says. “They truly are like an extended family across the country, and I give thanks to God for putting them in my life.”