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January 19, 2018

Flooded with Light

Rainy days give me a slow, sleepy kind of feeling. While I usually enjoy these days, sometimes even when I seem to have no reason to feel sad, I feel dreary....

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January 18, 2018

Always with Us

As a 20-year-old Bible school graduate, I kissed my parents goodbye and went to teach the Bible in Southeast Asia. I had planned the whole adventure on my own and was...

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January 17, 2018

The Gift of a Bible

My hand reached for the gift as everyone in the congregation watched. I pulled the brown book toward me, admiring its big, gold lettering. HOLY BIBLE was stamped across the front....

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January 16, 2018

The Missing Piece

My mother enjoys jigsaw puzzles. She starts with the edges and works inward — slowly bringing order to the chaos of small pieces. The process is challenging but satisfying. One puzzle...

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January 15, 2018

Beautiful, Broken Shells

When I dig a seashell out of the sand, I first turn it one way and then the other to see its condition. Does it have chips or cracks, or is...

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January 14, 2018


I walked out of the nursing home feeling like a failure. I had gone to visit a friend and to tell him about the good news of Jesus. Yet, as usual,...

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January 13, 2018

Eyes Closing

Four-year-old James climbed into his car seat, and we drove off. “My eyes are closing down,” he announced sleepily. No wonder! He had just spent a long day playing on the...

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January 12, 2018

An Awesome Responsibility

In March 2003 I had a serious stroke. It was an especially difficult time because I am left-handed and was paralyzed on my left side for quite a while. I don’t...

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January 11, 2018

Reflecting God’s Love

My husband and I hiked down to the lake, which lay still in the early morning sunshine. Its surface perfectly reflected the world above — hills of dark green fir and...

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January 10, 2018

A Faithful Steward

I have the privilege of being a stay-at-home mom to my six kids. This allows me to spend time with them during the day, greet them after school, teach them, and...

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A Breath of Fresh Air

"Discovery Weekend (The Upper Room spiritual formation weekend experience for middle schoolers) is a breath of fresh air for the youth ministry in local churches. I was impressed with the way it invited both spiritual maturity and committed leadership from our older youth as they served. Of course, our younger youth received so much as well." Read more about Discovery.