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Do You Need a Ride?

Each time I’m at church, I am met with a sign when I leave the parking lot which says, “You are now entering the mission field.”  That same sign is at several churches I’ve attended. You’ve probably seen them, too.  Remembering this sign is why I decided to...

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What’s On Your Mind?

The mind is a beautiful thing.  Stories have been written about it, movies made about it, and we hear something on the radio or TV every single day about it.  Unfortunately, lately what we hear is the mind/mental health for a lot of Americans is declining...

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Making Amends

Webster’s dictionary defines “amends” as “to do something to correct a mistake that one has made or a bad situation that one has caused.”  Every human being at some point will be faced with making amends to someone. I certainly have. Making amends is different...

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A Childlike Faith

I must have good ears. What I mean is I’m apparently a good listener. For many years (especially this past year), I can’t count how many have shared their fears, concerns, or any number of reasons why they are miserable and can’t even sleep. I always ask where their...

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What Money Can’t Buy

When the Titanic sank in 1912, it carried millionaire John Jacob Astor IV. The money in his bank account was enough to build 30 Titanics.  He was worth roughly $87 million (equal to $2.75 billion today) when he died. When faced with mortal danger, he chose to...

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Something to Behold

My husband and I have been AirBNB hosts for about five years.  Last June, 2023, I received two reservations for both of our cabins within a week for the exact same dates (April 7-9, 2024). I thought to myself, “Well, this is strange. I wonder what’s going on...

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The Dash In Between

Since time began, every human on the face of the earth began with a start date (birth) and an end date (death).  What shows up in between is a dash … standing for the life between the start and finish.  We see the dash in obituaries and on grave markers all...

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Most Humbling

On Maundy Thursday this year, Pope Francis washed the feet of 12 women at a prison in Rome during a ceremony emphasizing humility. This was a first for the pope to wash the feet of women only during the special annual service. Pope Francis led the ceremony at Rebibbia...

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In His Image

I look forward to Easter every year. It’s a time of new beginnings.  As a child, I was excited about the Easter Bunny, Easter egg hunts, lots of candy, and my new Easter clothes.  Then as I grew older, my faith matured, and I became intrigued how my...

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Time to Come Home

I read something fascinating this week.  In the British Isles, a sheep was found after hiding out in a cave for a total of six years.  The fleece on the sheep continued to grow over those six years since it was not near a shearer.  When the sheep was...

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CUNNING, BAFFLING AND POWERFUL

My husband and I are founders of a ministry that advocates for mental health, recovery from addiction, ministering to the incarcerated and the homeless.  Many ask why we focus on mental health. Well, if you turn on the news or listen to the radio at any...

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Hope in the Midst of Darkness

Alexei Navalny’s recent death has been widely publicized in the news. He was an activist combatting corruption in the Russian government. Media reports that Vladimir Putin likely played a role in his death. What intrigued me about Navalny is that his final years...

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My Way or The Highway

I attended a large meeting this week.  It was the first time I attended this particular function.  I had heard through the grapevine that this particular group’s meetings could  be heated and contentious. Well, I showed up, walked in the door prepared...

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To Vote or Not to Vote

In case you haven’t heard, we are in the midst of an election year. There are many who know who they will vote for, many who don’t have a clue, and many who wouldn’t vote if their life depended on it. I get it … people are upset about what’s not being done in our...

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