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January 13, 2020

My Right Place

The most beautiful plant in our home is in our bathroom. It is a November cactus, and it amazes with its beautiful flowering, even in conditions where other flowers fight for...

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January 12, 2020

A Remarkable Opportunity

In the 1970s, one winter afternoon after classes, I hurried to Moscow’s State Tretyakov Gallery to study a painting entitled Appearance of Christ to the People by Alexander Ivanov. My plan...

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January 11, 2020

Found!

When I was a child, the tropical outdoors of Nigeria where I lived beckoned to me. In grass, rocks, dirt, mud, cement patio — whatever the setting — I found a...

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January 10, 2020

From Fear to Hope

Depression has afflicted my life in different ways over the years. One constant was fear — the persistent catch in my chest that made it difficult to ever be completely at...

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January 9, 2020

The Water of Life

I was part of a construction crew that worked on new housing developments. Our job was to connect houses to the water system. The work was not always easy, but it...

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January 8, 2020

Children of God

On the first day of each community-college art class I taught, I would ask the students to write a brief answer to the question, “Who are you?” Later, I was eager...

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January 7, 2020

Beyond All Imagining

Throughout my career as a journalist I have held important jobs with a good salary to match. However, in 2016 I was dismissed from one of the most prominent television stations...

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January 6, 2020

Go and Glow

When I think about being a light to the world, I remember one of my favorite childhood toys: a glow-in-the-dark, synthetic-rubber super ball. If I carried it in my pocket all...

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January 5, 2020

Giving with Love

When my husband and our two-and-a-half-year-old great-grandson Carson returned from a walk one morning, Carson handed me what was left of a rose. Apparently, it was already wilted when he found...

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January 4, 2020

In the New Year

As the new year approached, I took some time to look back on this past year. I thanked God for the abundant blessings, favor, and grace I experienced. But I also...

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Just As We Are

"God doesn’t just save us for heaven in the future. God saves our hearts and souls and bodies in the here and now. God cares about our whole person, just as we are." Read more.