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September 6, 2022

Trusting God

In high school, French was a difficult subject for me. I had little interest in it, and my teacher’s explanations were unclear to me; so I had difficulty in the course...

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September 5, 2022

The Power of Water

On a recent trip with friends to a nearby lake, I visited a beautiful waterfall. I was able to hear it even before I could see the falling water plunging into...

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September 4, 2022

Keep Focused

I have led seven trips to Israel over the past 25 years. During the course of those trips, we always take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. When we...

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September 3, 2022

The Best Place

After our father died following a prolonged illness, my siblings and I tried to care for our mother by renovating her house and making travel plans for her to see friends...

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September 2, 2022

Anxiety and Faith

I’ve dealt with anxiety and depression for a long time. Some days I feel like I can take on anything that comes my way; other days I feel like crawling under...

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September 1, 2022

Keep Up the Good Work

One evening as I tucked my eight-year-old son, Brent, into bed, I sat by him as he began his prayers. Then I kissed his forehead, stood up, and began to walk...

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August 31, 2022

True Identity

When I was in college, I could tell which of the many strangers on a bus were fellow students. There was something familiar and similar among those of us who were...

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August 30, 2022

Going in Circles

I often become anxious when entering a traffic circle. It is especially challenging when I approach my desired exit but am in the wrong lane. Veering from one lane into the...

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August 29, 2022

A Sparrow’s Worth

As I sat in the garden one summer day watching the birds flit back and forth through a hedge, I remembered this verse. It speaks of how precious we must be,...

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August 28, 2022

Love in Action

When I applied for my first job after college graduation, I spent a whole day interviewing with multiple executives. Every interviewer ended by telling me, “You’re a shoo-in for this job.”...

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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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