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September 17, 2023

Overflowing Love

A tree that I call the Sister Tree grows near my home. It is twisted and bent with roots exposed where it comes in contact with the earth. I wonder what...

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September 16, 2023

Start with Prayer

During my career I had the opportunity to give numerous presentations. Over the years I’ve also had the pleasure of giving the sermon at my church on many occasions, and the...

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September 15, 2023

Putting God First

Exams, scholarship requirements, extracurricular activities — this summed up my everyday life during my freshman year of college. The first few months went well. But I was part of a music...

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September 14, 2023

A Beautiful Song

Growing up I loved to play the guitar. While playing an instrument came easily to me, singing did not. I remember enrolling in classes with a vocal coach and attempting to...

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September 13, 2023

Honest with God

Several years ago, my husband and I were experiencing a series of difficulties: health issues, car trouble, financial concerns, family drama. One afternoon as I sat sulking, a friend called and...

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September 12, 2023

The Gift of Worship

My uncle was the editor of The Upper Room in Myanmar. Each time a new issue was published, he always sent two copies to me — one English and one Burmese...

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September 11, 2023

Finding Christ

On September 11, 2001, my husband, Brian, shook me awake when the first plane hit the World Trade Center. After we watched the second plane crash into the South Tower, just...

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September 10, 2023

Caretakers of Creation

I panicked when I saw my five-year-old daughter lying face down in the dirt. As I ran toward her, I yelled, “Katie! Are you okay?” She looked up and calmly replied,...

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September 9, 2023

Ordinary People

I wasn’t raised in a Christian home, so I first learned about the Bible through Christian comics. David and Goliath, Noah and the ark, Jonah and the fish — these men...

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September 8, 2023

Unexpected Generosity

Several years ago, I was employed in a school administration office. One day I had only enough money for my commute to the office. Because I had no money to buy...

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The RESILIENCE conference in 2021 was so uplifting and nourishing. It was wonderful to be with other Christians around the world at this retreat, who truly care about responding to trauma in a compassionate way by teaching spiritual practices to help with grounding and healing.”

Join us for the next RESILIENCE conference on September 29-30, 2023. Learn more at UpperRoom.org/resilience.