Anna Miller

No Sorrow without Joy

When I was growing up, we learned a poem in school entitled, "What God hath not Promised." One of the lines is "God hath not promised joy without sorrow." This is so true. Life is often about struggles. But as I have discovered this week, the reverse is also true. We do not have to endure our sorrows without joy […]

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Anna’s Return

Today was a rainy, drippy, sad day that fit my mood exactly. I am still reeling from this past weekend. I did something that I will probably wonder for the rest of my life whether it was the right thing or not.  For some time now, Anna has been planning to return to her community. She had in mind to

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In One Year…

A New Year’s resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other.  ~ Author Unknown à 1979  1980à In the beginning of 1979, I made 9 (NINE!) New Year’s resolutions. Here is what I listed in my journal on January 2, 1979: 1. Pray and read the Bible regularly2. Go on a sensible diet3. Exercise regularly4. Keep a diary5.

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A Day of Rest

Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God: […] For in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath

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Celebrating Light and Daring to Hope

Please visit the Amish Descendent Scholarship for a story of “An Irrepressible Spirit.” This is the story of Emma Gingerich’s educational journey. She left her Amish community when she was eighteen. Before she left, she did not know what a college is, yet she was enrolled in one less than a year after she entering the “English” world. My life

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Stories by and about Former Amish “Stars”

In a culture full of Amish novels and bogus reality television about Amish youth “breaking out,” it is often disheartening to those of us former Amish to see what “sells” in the media. Some of us have well-written stories to share with the world, yet we keep getting rejections from mainstream publishers. Meanwhile, writers of bonnet fiction have contracts for

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