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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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A Time of Waiting

A Time of Waiting

Waiting. Not giving up. Staying steadfast in hope. These are all easier said than done and easier to speak about than to live out. As I washed the dishes one afternoon, my youngest son burst into the kitchen from the backyard and shouted, “My flower bloomed! My flower bloomed!” What?! In the middle of October?! The flower that he planted months ago in the spring? The flower that didn’t grow when...

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A Message for Moms (Physical and Spiritual)

A Message for Moms (Physical and Spiritual)

Happy Mother’s Day to every mother, grandmother, and spiritual mother. To every woman who shares her life with another, in whatever form it may take, you make a difference. This may be, of course, a very different kind of Mother’s Day for all who are unable to gather together with loved ones and celebrate “Mom.” It may be a very painful day for a number of reasons, and you who may be grieving...

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He Cares

He Cares

“Why did you say that, Mommy?” my son asked after I exclaimed, “Thank you, Jesus!” I explained that his sister had almost fallen off the bench she was standing on, so I thanked Jesus for watching over her. A moment later my other daughter, who was also standing on the bench, lost her balance, fell, and began to cry. Without hesitation my son said, “Well, I guess Jesus wasn’t watching over HER!”...

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Follow Me

Follow Me

One winter evening, I was running late (as usual) getting my girls to soccer practice. They were only going to be a couple minutes late, which was no problem, I rationalized. As I drove, my children and I enjoyed each other’s company with light hearted conversation and laughter. I was taking it all in, thanking the Lord for these joyful moments that He sprinkled throughout the day when I...

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Confident in Hope

Confident in Hope

Excitedly and optimistically, my sister-in-law’s family agreed upon the perfect name for their new puppy: they would call her “Hope.” Imagine her surprise when she realized the frequency in which she needed to yell, “No Hope,” on any given day! We laughed at the irony. Yet I wonder if we utter those same words or perhaps believe that because of a certain situation, difficulty, or disappointment...

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Daily Verse and Prayer Journal Printables

More Coming Soon! Updated: January's Topic: Pursue and Seek This printable provides one verse per day -- for the month of January -- for you (or you and your family) to read, contemplate, and pray. Before moving too far into the New Year, let’s take a quick trip back to the 1300’s. Here we find one of the earliest definitions of “resolution” – taken from a Latin word meaning “a process of...

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Lessons from a Lighthouse

Lessons from a Lighthouse

Recently while on vacation, my family and I were given the following directions: “Just look for the lighthouse,” “It’s by the lighthouse,” and “When you see the lighthouse, you’ll know you’re close.” I was excited to not only reach our destination for the evening, but to be so near the lighthouse. Growing up in the midwest, the only lighthouses I had seen were the decorative figurines or those...

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Now is the Time

Now is the Time

“And now, again, is the minister’s time; and now is the time for all of you who love souls. You may see men more alarmed than they are already; and if they should be, mind that you avail yourselves of the opportunity of doing them good. You have the Balm of Gilead; when their wounds smart, pour it in. You know of Him who died to save; tell them of Him. Lift high the cross before their eyes. Tell...

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Good Gifts

Good Gifts

My parents received a phone call from their friends who had just returned from Greece: they had purchased a gift for me and were eager to bring it over. I was a toddler at the time and waited in anticipation for their arrival. As the story goes, I was so excited to receive their gift that when they gave me a t-shirt, I threw it down and ran off in utter disappointment! I’m sure we all have...

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