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May 20, 2017

Excuses, Excuses

I have flaws, and all too often I discover something new that I cannot do well. My typical response is to spend my free time lying in bed watching TV. I...

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May 19, 2017

Keep Your Heart in Tune

I woke up one morning, singing a song that my classmates and I sang many years before at our preschool graduation ceremony. The song emphasized the importance of praying in the...

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May 18, 2017

A Mother’s Gift

My mother died on Mother’s Day — the day she and I usually celebrated by remembering when she gave birth to me and heard my first breath. But on that Mother’s...

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May 17, 2017

The Ice Cream Man

When I was around six or seven the ice cream man would come in his white truck with the chimes ringing out — a signal for the children to come with...

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May 16, 2017

Choosing Joy

I spent one summer in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan planning and leading children’s activities. Before I arrived I imagined that the other staff members would be friendly, that the children...

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May 15, 2017

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One of my favorite places to study the Bible and to spend my devotional time is in the room adjoining our kitchen, near a fireplace and lots of windows. In this...

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May 14, 2017

Seeds of Faith

My parents were of Armenian heritage. My mother’s name was Zabel, or Isabel. I give thanks to God for my parents and their legacy of family prayer. I remember with fondness...

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May 13, 2017

No One to Help

It was the Sabbath. Jesus and the disciples were in Jerusalem when they encountered a number of people who were blind, sick, and lame waiting by the pool of Bethesda. These...

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May 12, 2017

Unflinching Devotion

My elder brother, Ajagaboka, takes great delight in his service to God. Most weekends, he wakes up early and joins the women in our local church in keeping the chapel clean....

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May 11, 2017

Unchanging Values

When asking for directions to a certain shop, a newcomer friend asked me, “Is it on the right side of the street or the left side?” I replied that it depended...

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The Holy Service of Motherhood

"When I became a parent, I struggled to find God within the chaotic world where I now lived. I was used to contemplative prayer, to silence and service and listening for God’s still, small voice in quiet, hidden spaces. Suddenly none of my life felt quiet or hidden – it was all loud, messy, and exposed." Discover more.