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December 19, 2016

The Perfect Parent

When I was pregnant with my first child, someone told me that becoming a parent for the first time would deepen my understanding of God’s love for me. They were right....

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December 18, 2016

The God Who Understands

Although Christmas is a time of joy for many, it can also be a time of sorrow. Some people experience isolation and loneliness in the face of broken relationships or the...

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December 17, 2016

Calm Amid Chaos

News of chaos in communities around the world tempts me to live in fear. Threats of violent attacks, natural disasters, war, disease, famine, and financial crises alarm me. When I have...

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December 16, 2016

Not What I Planned

For years, I dreamed of serving on a mission in another country. When I heard about a week-long mission trip to Haiti, I was excited! But then I was told about...

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December 15, 2016

Reaching Out

After knee surgery, I had a difficult recovery. I live alone and quickly found that I simply could not manage on my own. I do not like to ask for help...

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December 14, 2016

Unsentimental Christmas

If I could omit one part of the New Testament, it would be the story in Matthew 2:16-18. I wonder why Matthew included it when Mark, Luke, and John were able...

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December 13, 2016

Choosing the Light

Sometimes when our family is traveling we carry camping equipment with us. We try to find somewhere suitable to set up camp while it is still daylight. That makes it far...

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December 12, 2016


Once more, I removed a sheet of paper from the watercolor block on which I was painting so I could start over. The angel I had been trying to paint looked...

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December 11, 2016

Beyond All Expectations

I often eagerly anticipate birthdays, special outings, and holidays. The excitement grows, and then the day arrives. Sometimes I enjoy the event as fully as I expected to, but sometimes the...

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December 10, 2016

Steadfast Motivation

Anyone who knows my father-in-law, John, knows he loves God. He is also never at a loss for words. Sometimes he makes astute observations. Sometimes he simply reminds people of an...

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Missing an Opportunity

"I am concerned about our aging church membership, not out of fear that we are becoming an 'old' church; rather, my concern is that churches are missing an opportunity to help build the Kingdom of God with older adults." Read more . . .