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Welcome to ChosenFamilies.org. I am so glad you have come to visit.

We live in a world with God’s creativity all around us. We see unique beauty in the many things He created. Whether we look to animals, plants or people, we see God’s creative genius everywhere. Regarding people, we see the diversity of God’s handiwork in that 75-80% are neuro-typical — their brains are wired typically — while the other 20-25% are wired differently.

The world often considers these individuals to be disabled in some way. While I certainly understand this perspective, I can’t lose sight of the … Read more

Despair or Depend

“You are blessed indeed if your marriage is more difficult than you can handle on your own. You are in a good place when you come to the realization that you simply cannot do it on your own.”

Gary Thomas’s truer than true words resonated with me, as in “Oh my goodness, this is SO TRUE!”

So I read his whole article, “Despair or Depend.”

I’m not an alcoholic, but AA’s first step fits me:  admitting I am powerless over my addiction – to self sufficiency. I am not strong enough to do this marriage with hidden disabilities on my … Read more

God Doesn’t Make Junk

“God doesn’t make junk.”

While we were eating lunch in the seminary cafeteria, Steven Kunkel told me that his mom had always encouraged him with those words. Steven has overcome the challenges of autism and has served a term as a missionary in Japan. He is a talented and gifted individual. If you talk to Steven, he will make it clear that everything he has and is achieving has been because of the grace of God. But God rarely pours out his grace in an ethereal way. To put it theologically, God uses means of grace in our lives. God … Read more