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December 6, 2019

A Little Tweaking

During my exam, my eye doctor said, “I may tweak your prescription a little.” I hadn’t noticed any problem with my eyesight, but I replied, “Well, if a little tweak is...

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November 29, 2019

Praising God All Day

After our grandson was born, I went to my son and daughter-in-law’s house to help out. I was so caught up in taking care of the house and the baby that...

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November 15, 2019

Faithful in Service

“Bob is celebrating his 90th birthday next week,” I remarked to my husband. “I could get him a card and bake him something. He’s been so lonely since his wife went...

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November 2, 2019

Heavy Burdens

As I was going through the difficult end of a marriage and moving into the even-more-challenging role of a single parent, I became an expert in hiding my emotions. In public...

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November 1, 2019

All Saints’ Day

In today’s reading, the writer of Hebrews cites the lives and labors of many Old Testament heroes — people like Gideon, David, and Joseph. Despite the challenges and trials they faced,...

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October 31, 2019

Steadfast

When I was younger, I played golf two or three times a week with friends in a company league. And I was fairly competitive. When I would have an especially good...

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October 27, 2019

No Limits

After my mother became debilitated with dementia, she came to live with me. Her doctor prescribed medications and supplements, but she continued to decline. Her behavior became increasingly hostile, and eventually...

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October 18, 2019

God, Our Shepherd

The doctor told my sister and me that our dear mother only had months to live due to congestive heart failure. I went home to collect some personal items for Mother...

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October 12, 2019

Hiding in Plain Sight

While working at a large chain store as a vendor, I soon noticed something about one of the customers. He was in the store several times a day, walking around talking...

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October 10, 2019

Productive Pruning

Every year I had searched beneath prickly briars of my raspberry bushes for ripe berries with no success, and then I read an article about how to increase my yield. The...

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Vulnerability

“I believe with all my heart that vulnerability and authenticity are the only way to find wholeness in Jesus Christ. … I believe in the holistic, healing love and salvation in Jesus Christ, who walks with us in the valleys and brings beauty from ash heaps again and again and again. I am here to tell you that I have been on the mountaintops and in the valleys, and I have discovered that we need a reset in our souls. We need to share stories so that others will too. When we’re free to be real, that’s when the real joy comes.” Read more.