Mary Dodge Allen

Dedication and Faith Journey


I dedicate this website to my mom. Throughout her life, she demonstrated a rock solid faith in God and an inner strength that was nothing short of amazing. She was widowed at a relatively early age, when she was only 60, and she also endured the deaths of two of her three children. My sister died when she was 9, of a rare autoimmune disease, and my brother died of cancer at the age of 40.


Despite the losses she suffered, my mom never became bitter. Her faith sustained and strengthened her. She served others in her family, community and church with seemingly boundless energy and an engaging smile. I had the privilege of caring for her during her last days on earth. She was my best friend, and I still miss her every day. Her love never failed.


“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly;

it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; It bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.  Love never fails.”

I Cor. 13:4-8  NAS


Although my mom instilled in me a knowledge and love of God, it wasn’t until I was a young adult and began studying the Bible in earnest, that my faith matured and I developed a personal relationship with Jesus. This is the bible verse that sparked the ongoing fire of my faith journey:


“God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it. For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.”

Eph. 2:8-10 NLT


My goal is to write compelling stories about people who are trying to make sense of their lives in this uncertain world, people who are dealing with real life struggles and looking for answers. I hope to inspire readers to seek - and find - a meaningful relationship with God.