Jackie Gingrich Cushman

One example is a column in which I wrote about my mother asking for a divorce from my father. My column was based on my mother's recollection and our recent discussions (my sister Kathy reviewed as well). Recent news reports note that he filed the paperwork for the divorce, and they questioned my mother's recollection and my recounting of the events.

The truth is simple: They had a troubled marriage; she asked for the divorce; he filed for divorce; they got divorced.

Our family has moved on. After all, it's more than 30 years later.

Most of my life, I've been able to use my God-given gifts of intelligence, stamina and hard-headedness (from both my parents) to get things to work.

Now, I'm learning that God is calling for less me and more him. More prayer, more patience. Less my gifts, more God's grace.

My resolution for this coming year is to spend more time in prayer and to continually ask for patience.

May God hear my plea, help me accept his grace and allow it to shine through me.

Jackie Gingrich Cushman

Jackie Gingrich Cushman is a speaker, syndicated columnist, socialpreneur, and author of "The Essential American: 25 Documents and Speeches Every American Should Own," and co-author of “The 5 Principles for a Successful Life: From Our Family to Yours”.