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A Cluttered Heart

A Cluttered Heart

Things to do. Errands to run. Doctor appointments to make. Sports schedules to coordinate. These notes are what clutter my kitchen countertop on any given day. In fact, the more hectic life is, the more cluttered my counter is! One evening I took off my wedding ring and placed it on the counter. The next day I could not find it, my most valued possession!  It was not where I thought I...

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Part of the Family

Part of the Family

Tamar. Rahab.  Ruth. Bathsheba. Mary.  Five women. At first glance, nothing would seem to tie these women’s stories together. One is known for her deception.  The other for her devotion.  One for her purity. The other for her prostitution. One for being at the “wrong place at the wrong time.”  One for being chosen at the ordained time.   Some seemed to be defined by...

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Consider Him Faithful

Consider Him Faithful

“And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered Him faithful who had made the promise” (Hebrews 11:11). She considered Him faithful. She carefully thought about, and concluded, He was trustworthy and would do what He said He would do. His faithfulness: what a thought for us, too, to not only consider but allow to wash over our hearts...

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More Than A Mess

More Than A Mess

As I walked into the kitchen, I saw that flour, measuring cups, and mixing bowls covered the counter: my daughter had been baking again.  I exhaled a heavy sigh as I wondered, “When will these kids clean up after themselves?!” As I got closer, however, I noticed her signature smiley face drawn into the layer of flour dusting.  I couldn’t help but smile as I thought, “She left her...

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A New Life

A New Life

Back to school shopping is one of my favorite things to do!   My children love choosing new backpacks, notebooks and folders. We get excited over the purchase of never-before-opened crayons, pencils, and highlighters.  There’s something about organizing desk drawers and binders and books: it’s all so new and full of potential.  “What will this folder hold?  What will be...

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Proceed with Caution

Proceed with Caution

{Listen here} A story is told of a hiker who was attacked by a mama grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park.  Evidently, the hiker and his wife “surprised” the mother bear and her cubs.  The bear did not realize, of course, that the hikers intended to do them no harm.    The statement released by The National Park Service read, “In an attempt to defend a perceived threat to...

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Celebrating Freedom

Celebrating Freedom

Fourth of July: the words alone create images in our minds of red, white, and blue; hot dogs and barbecues; fireworks and parades. We see the words “freedom” and “independence” on signs, home décor, and tee-shirts. Indeed, we are celebrating the signing of the Declaration of Independence, which stated that the thirteen colonies were now a new nation, the United States of America, and no longer a...

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True Strength

True Strength

It has been said that the ancient Greek army would select the wildest horses, ones found in the mountains, in order to attempt to break them in and train them.  These horses were determined, strong, and passionate.  As you can imagine, the training process would span multiple months. By the end of the training, the horses would be separated into categories: some would be used for various...

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Resting and Finding Rest

Resting and Finding Rest

Baseball cards and Lego sets.  These are the typical answers I expect after asking my young son why he wants to go on the computer to the Amazon shopping website.   Imagine my surprise when one day, after he asked to go on this website and I asked why, he replied, “I need some vitamins.”  Excuse me?  Vitamins?  I told him, “Don’t worry about getting that on Amazon. ...

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Let Us Not Become Weary

Let Us Not Become Weary

An old story has been told: “The devil once held a sale and offered all the tools of his trade to anyone who would pay their price.  They were spread out on the table and each one labeled.  Hatred, malice, envy, despair, sickness, sensuality - all the weapons that everyone knew so well.  But off to one side lay a harmless looking wood-shaped instrument marked...

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