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December 2, 2019

A Beautiful Blessing

My family relies on me for help financially. While my friends go shopping for new clothes, bags, or shoes, I must save money to pay rent for my family’s home. When...

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December 1, 2019

Anticipation

Over the course of 28 years of ministry, I’ve sat with hundreds of families in dozens of hospital waiting rooms. It’s an agonizing time filled with sorrow, loneliness, and fear. Virtually...

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November 30, 2019

True Freedom

When I was young, I had a dog named Ollie. He was tiny but intelligent. When I rattled keys in my hand, he would spring to his feet and grab his...

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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 28, 2019

Unexpected Opportunities

During a holiday trip, my daughter and her family stopped to eat at a fast-food restaurant. Because of a mix-up in their order, they ended up with an extra meal. As...

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November 27, 2019

God’s Care

In November 2017 my daughter was in a serious car accident while on her way to work. She was terribly injured and became unconscious. A few strangers who witnessed the accident...

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November 26, 2019

Our Treasure

I stopped at my uncle’s country store to purchase some gasoline and went inside to pay. As usual the store was busy with people purchasing groceries and other items they needed...

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November 25, 2019

Renewed Strength

I was deeply saddened when I received the news that a good friend from our congregation had died of cancer. This brought back memories of the deaths of my mother and...

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November 24, 2019

Interruptions

“Julia!” A voice hailed me as I emerged onto the street from the dentist’s office. My friend and I exchanged greetings. Suddenly, birds began singing. She reached into her pocket and...

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November 23, 2019

Even Me

I didn’t become a Christian until I was 32 years old. Until that time I did not know God. Looking back on my youth and young adult life, I feel shame...

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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.