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October 29, 2016

Giving from the Heart

Forty years ago, when I lived in the United States, I learned about an organization that helped poor children all over the world. But as a single mother of three, I...

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October 28, 2016

Directional Arrows

With sunrise an hour away, my friend and I had the 
responsibility of marking the 5K course for the walkers and runners participating in the race sponsored by two neighborhood churches....

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October 27, 2016

Unmistaken Identity

One Sunday the cashier at a local store was smiling at me broadly as she totaled my bill. As she handed me my receipt, she said, “Have a great day, John!”...

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October 26, 2016

Pestering God

“Oh please, Mommy! Please! Oh please!” I said. When I was a child and wanted my mother to say yes, I pestered her constantly. She often told me to stop begging,...

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October 25, 2016

Never Forgotten

While walking along the lakeside of our local county park, taking photos of the beautiful landscape, and enjoying the sunshine and warm breezes, I noticed something lying in the dirt. It...

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October 24, 2016

The Joy of Obedience

Recently, I saw a student rocking his chair in class. I 
reminded him that another student had fallen while rocking his chair and had needed to go to the hospital for...

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October 23, 2016

Power of a Psalm

During our son Paul’s training as a cadet in the U.S. Air Force Academy, he and the other cadets were tested to their limits. As his parents, Betty and I supported...

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October 22, 2016

The Spirit Intercedes

For years, I had trouble praying. The problem was not in the actual act of prayer but in the fear that I wasn’t praying correctly. I had received so much advice...

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October 21, 2016

Prepared for Action

Sunshine and warm temperatures were expected on Monday, and I had planned to do some landscaping. But when Monday arrived, 
I could find only one 
gardening glove, and my small shovel...

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October 20, 2016

The Gift of Love

First Corinthians 13 is a favorite scripture of mine, and I wanted to read it at my son’s wedding. Uncomfortable with public speaking but wanting to give this reading as a...

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I join many of those who will pray for you as you seek to discern what you are called to be at this moment. May God grant you the courage to fulfill that calling. May we all open our eyes and see the misery, open our ears and hear the cries of God’s people, and, like God through the Lord Jesus Christ, be incarnate amongst them.” 

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