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Try a Little Kindness

A lady in front of me at the grocery store had a real melt down today.  Sadly, I couldn’t flee the area fast enough to avoid witnessing her tirade at the clerk, then the sacker, and finally her children.  After she left I told the clerk, “she must be having a bad...

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Hide Where You Can Find

America seems to have grown apathetic about their faith.  A recent Pew research study shows  97.3% of professing “born-again believers” have never shared the gospel with another person.  Maybe we’re taking our freedom of faith for granted.  I bet if you lived in...

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Great Awakening

Some fifty years ago, 85% of American children attended church on a regular basis.  Today, only 4% attend regularly.  When the pastor made that statement, I remembered my own upbringing in church, particularly my “Jesus Movement” days.  During the early ‘70’s, I was...

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R-E-S-P-E-C-T

After learning of the death of the Queen of Soul, Aretha Franklin, each of her famous songs replayed in my head.  I found myself dancing to her music and singing at the top of my lungs, especially when she sang Respect (… all I’m asking for is a little respect …). ...

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R(edemption) & R(econciliation)

If I tell you I’m off for “R&R,” what am I talking about?  Many would say “Rest & Relaxation,” or some other definition.  Over the last year “R&R” will forever stand for “Redemption & Reconciliation.”  Let me tell you about it. When we moved to the...

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Road to Health: Progress Not Perfection

Thanks to all of you for the outpouring of encouragement on my journey to better health.  Now that I have started the journey, here’s an update on my path.   As with any trip, you have to pack.  My “guide/trainer” gave me a specific grocery list (organic, no...

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A Servant’s Heart

Over the course of my life I’ve had the privilege of observing the work of many of God’s servants in action.  There are those who have large international ministries, but the majority serve in smaller environments – all doing what they felt God had called them to do....

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Something Old, Something New

Every young woman knows the old saying “something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue,” in preparation for a wedding.  While there’s no wedding in my sights (celebrating 30 year anniversary this year), I am preparing for something new, leaving the...

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The White Rose

History provides many tales of courage, principle and honor.  The following is a story I read about this week that exemplifies all three of these. Hans and Sophie Scholl were German teenagers in the 1930s. Like most young Germans, they  joined the Hitler Youth and...

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Unconditional

I’ve had some health issues recently.  While the rest has helped, your  prayers are appreciated.   I’ve had many discussions with friends about forgiveness – debates actually.  Is forgiveness conditional or unconditional?  This past week I couldn’t stop thinking...

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What I Learned from Dumbo

I was five when I first saw and fell in love with a baby elephant with humongous ears (who later found out he could fly).  “Dumbo” was one of my favorite Disney movies, and it is relevant today – Dumbo was made fun of and bullied, yet became a hero because his large...

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Back to School

I messed up.  This week when I heard school was ready to start, I was shocked.  “School doesn’t start until after Labor Day,” I thought to myself.  Well, where have I been for the last umpteen gillion years … school has started in August for at least the last quarter...

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Battery Recharge

  Practically every job description written contains the phrase, “other duties as assigned.”   Jobs on a farm are no different.  Last week I took our van to the shop for some needed maintenance.  I got in, turned on the ignition, and nothing … deader than a door...

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It’s A Dog’s Life

Isn’t it funny how we envision our life when we are young?  I envisioned suburbia, sleek foreign convertible, jet-setting to vacation spots.  In reality I live on a farm, lots of land, sprinkled with cows, geese, and two Great Pyrenees puppies (mini-horses) – Scooter...

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