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December 15, 2016

Reaching Out

After knee surgery, I had a difficult recovery. I live alone and quickly found that I simply could not manage on my own. I do not like to ask for help...

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December 14, 2016

Unsentimental Christmas

If I could omit one part of the New Testament, it would be the story in Matthew 2:16-18. I wonder why Matthew included it when Mark, Luke, and John were able...

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December 13, 2016

Choosing the Light

Sometimes when our family is traveling we carry camping equipment with us. We try to find somewhere suitable to set up camp while it is still daylight. That makes it far...

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December 12, 2016


Once more, I removed a sheet of paper from the watercolor block on which I was painting so I could start over. The angel I had been trying to paint looked...

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December 11, 2016

Beyond All Expectations

I often eagerly anticipate birthdays, special outings, and holidays. The excitement grows, and then the day arrives. Sometimes I enjoy the event as fully as I expected to, but sometimes the...

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December 10, 2016

Steadfast Motivation

Anyone who knows my father-in-law, John, knows he loves God. He is also never at a loss for words. Sometimes he makes astute observations. Sometimes he simply reminds people of an...

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December 9, 2016

Wind and Waves

My mom, my two younger brothers, and I went canoeing. When a speedboat went by, the waves would rock the canoe from side to side. I would get nervous, fearing that...

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December 8, 2016

God’s Direction

As my college graduation approaches, I have a million thoughts running through my mind: Where will I work? Where will I live? How will I pay my bills? My five-and-a-
half-year journey...

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December 7, 2016

Like Trees Walking

Being the youth leader at my church is not easy for me. 
I have not raised teenagers of my own and do not have any training in working with teens. But...

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December 6, 2016

Peace that Passes 

My friend Helen was expressing her concern for her son, who lived in a home for people with disabilities. At 86, 
she and her husband knew they would not be with...

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Looking to God for Strength

"How many times do we get stuck looking at people getting under our skin or at all that is wrong instead of looking to God for strength?" Read more.