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August 13, 2018

The Gift of Prayer

My husband, Milt, had recently returned from a men’s retreat, and when I walked into the living room I expected to see him sitting in his comfortable recliner. But I was...

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August 12, 2018

Humble Hearts

Years ago the pastor at a men’s retreat encouraged us to kneel in prayer to practice humility before God. This posture was new to me, but I knelt beside other men...

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August 7, 2018

Jesus Is Our Guide

We arrived at the park near my older son’s college. He led us through the parking lot to the entrance of a hiking trail. “Have you ever been on this trail...

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August 2, 2018

Can’t Stop Praising

We can tell easily when someone is in love. This person is full of life and can’t stop talking about his or her significant other. I could see this when my...

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July 30, 2018

I Am Not Alone

When I would look into the smiling, infant faces of my three sons and hold their tiny fingers, I dreamed of all they’d grow up to be. Never did I imagine...

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July 23, 2018

A Change of Perspective

We had a bumper crop of dandelions. My husband joked that if we killed them all, we wouldn’t have anything left of our lawn. During this time, I was stuck gazing...

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July 19, 2018

Showing God’s Love

Recently, I went through three medical procedures for my prostate, bladder, and colon. Initially I was worried because I had overheard the attending doctor say something about a round spot in...

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July 15, 2018

A Friend who Prays

Every two weeks, another of our four young children came down with chicken pox. What’s more, during this same time, my mother lay recovering in the hospital from her first cancer...

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July 12, 2018

Our Intercessor

I usually begin each new year with a feeling of excitement at the chance for new beginnings. But the first month of 2014 did not hold much hope. My four-year-old son,...

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July 11, 2018


When I first sang the words, “Here I raise mine Ebenezer; hither by thy help I’m come,”* I had no idea what Ebenezer meant. Then I read today’s scripture and learned...

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