Joan C. Benson, Christian Author, Speaker, & Educator

“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up…”
1 Thessalonians 5:11

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Oh, to Know Him …

Think of someone you love with your whole heart– someone you want to spend time with, someone who loves you too. This is a relationship where you are known, even with your foibles and imperfections, yet loved deeply. That’s how God, the Creator of all the Universes, feels about you. Yes, you. And, yes, me. How do […]

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Choosing Peace

Have you noticed how life sometimes runs on parallel tracks? Good things can take place in the midst of not-so-pleasant circumstances. 

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Readers, Readers, Readers

If you’ve ever had a dream, and wanted it so badly you worked your heart out to see it come true? Read His Gift and find out how Molly struggles with her faith to discover God’s greater purposes in her life and heart.

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Have You Ever Been Loved by a Dog?

To Be Loved I’ve been thinking a lot of about dogs lately. Some people have said the word dog is “god” spelled backwards. I agree with the spelling inversion, but the God of the Bible is Almighty, all powerful, Creator of the universe, and so much more. Dogs cannot compare to my awesome eternal God. […]

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Something Fun for You Book Lovers

TO WARM YOUR HEARTS in the chilly  winter blast, here’s a chance to win a $500 gift card! This is a book promotion by Celebrate Lit, and I want to invite you to check it out! Just use the link to fill out the forms.   The event and giveaway is going on now through […]

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A Kindle Conundrum

Don’t let the junk of life steal your joy. Lean into God’s light for your peace even when you’re not in a desperate place, but just facing day-to-day trials. He’s there waiting for you.

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Stepping into the Light

It was a blustery cold morning, and as usual, I was walking my dog. It was what we always did after breakfast. Why, I wondered, did he always seem to stop to investigate a good scent when we were walking in the shade? It felt at least ten degrees colder than when we were in […]

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This Moment is Your Gift

Whether it is a minute, an hour, a day … or a year, what will you do with your gift? Sometimes, God’s gifts come in packaging we don’t anticipate. Sometimes, our expectations and plans are diverted. We stand in awe, asking, “How can this be?” In 1929, Molly, the gifted and aspiring young woman in […]

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O Holy Night

I was a sixth grade teacher in a large Christian School delegated with the task of putting together the annual Christmas program. I began praying about our message as we celebrated the birth of Christ. Imagine approximately sixty sixth graders as your “cast.”

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Pandemic Lessons from Macy McCombs

I had the opportunity to interview Macy Mc Combs, a freshman at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM) when the 2020 pandemic hit our country. It is through her personal lens that I bring some insights today.  So, Macy was thoroughly enjoying her new college life last February–new classes, new friendships, and a new future […]

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EXCITING NEWSFLASH

Today is the official launch of my debut historical fiction novel, entitled His Gift. I am very excited to share with you that it is now available to you to read, review (I hope), and share with your family and friends. I truly hope this story will encourage you. It is based on a true […]

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Questions, Questions, Questions

INTERVIEW WITH ELLA ROSE, A 2020 HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATE: The current pandemic has shown its influence beyond the curse of illness inflicted on untold millions. We all have stories to tell of the ways our plans have changed in the past few months. Beyond the simplicity of “change,” in many instances, our plans have been […]

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Finding Hope and Peace

Interview with Allison Hicks So, what do you do when you don’t know what to do? When life throws a curve ball, which it always seems to do at one time or another, we do have a choice. We have the choice to yield to an enduring despair, or we can figure out how to […]

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Hopes, Dreams, Expectations

Photo by Julia M Cameron from Pexels So, here you are, looking into the future and wondering whatever in the world it will look like. At certain times in a young person’s life, the future seems wide open with opportunities. At other times, not so much. I know how excited I felt at being able to finally go […]

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The Lifter of My Head

When the world is knocked off its pins, don’t you wonder what will happen next? What is important in life? Are we ever going to find our significance in our busyness of “normal life”? Is acquiring material goods enough? Is being at the top of your game all there is? Or is there something more …?

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Green Pastures – Still Waters

Are You Listening? The other morning, I walked outside to the soothing sounds of a cooing dove. I looked up to find the little creature balancing on a power line. I smiled with gratitude. Flashbacks flooded my mind with the times God has comforted me with that same peaceful coo-coo … often when I needed […]

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Does a Fetus Feel Pain?

Though many do not even inquire, perhaps this is a question that deserves an answer. Many voices in our culture believe women’s rights prevail in choosing to carry a pregnancy to its conclusion, or abort its development. A parallel mindset is the importance of protecting animals from pain. I agree that we should provide humane […]

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Where Are You Going?

I am a self-admitted “planner.” I like to know where I’m going, literally, figuratively, and spiritually. When I don’t understand the course ahead, I feel the tension of the limbo state, or as I call it, the Great Unknown. As one who likes to see where she’s going, I realize that some would castigate my […]

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Open the Eyes of My Heart, Lord

Did you ever “find” animals and shapes in the clouds when you were a child? My father and I used to have such fun doing that. Later in life, I tried identifying optical illusions, searching for images that were not immediately recognizable. I confess, I don’t always discover the hidden objects as quickly as others. […]

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Where is the Son?

  While visiting our seven-year-old Kansas grandson recently, Max excitedly burst into the house carrying a bouquet of sunflowers … for me! He had convinced his mama to buy them for me when they were shopping. The uniqueness of this spray of flowers was that each large flower head was drooping, bowing down from its stem, […]

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For You Are WITH Me

Have you ever felt like you were alone? SO alone that nobody cared what was going on in your life? No one understood what you were going through? No one was WITH you to help give you strength, encouragement, or even just a bit of compassion. Most of us have been there at one time […]

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His Glory and Majesty … and Me?

“Lord, our Lord, how majestic is your name in all the earth! You have set your glory in the heavens.” Psalm 8:1 Have you ever felt small as you looked into the night skies, stood on a mountaintop, or gazed into what seems like an endless sea from the shoreline? My human life, which is […]

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I Have a Choice?

Liv, did you know? You really DO have a choice to make. If you are not ready to parent, and you believe it is in your best interest not to try, there is still another option beyond abortion. You will not be parenting now, and you can continue working or going to school. You can […]

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Limits: Blessing or Curse?

Being the owner and “parent/caregiver” of two adorable Bichons, I am fascinated with their behaviors. I often see an analogous relationship between their instinctive behaviors and ours as humans. Interestingly, when I put them on a leash, no matter what the length, they strain to the end of it. I tell them, “No pull!” quickly […]

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Are Intimate Relationships Impacted by Abortion?

Studies have been done to examine the correlations between abortion and relationship functions. In one such study, the variables included perceptions of quality-of-life, termination of relationship, sexual changes, aggression, and conflict. A large number of both men (n=658) and women (n=906) were interviewed, and the samples were ethnically diverse. Interestingly, for both men and women, […]

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Winter

The beauty of a new snowfall carried sweet remembrances that winter evening. It was so tantalizing that I couldn’t wait to pull on boots and warm gear just to experience the magic outside my window. White puffs of delicate intricacy fell on my head, shoulders, and ultimately, my feet, creating virgin footprints in the yet untouched snow. Everything […]

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