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Lest We Forget

A few days ago we celebrated our nation’s 4th of July holiday. Normally we would cook out, go to a parade, and enjoy some fireworks.  This year, though, feeling our age (especially the heat and humidity of Texas), we chose indoor activities with plenty of cool...

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A Seat at the Table

Philip Yancey is one of my all-time favorite authors. Yancey shared that an alcoholic friend of his once told him: “When I'm late to church, people turn around and stare at me with frowns of disapproval. I get the clear message that I'm not as responsible as they are....

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I Can See Clearly Now

I am a stickler for keeping my calendar, always keep my appointments or reschedule when needed. My medical appointments and my health are very important to me, so I always keep my annual check-ups. For decades now, the doctor has said, “Debby, as we “mature” our...

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80 Years Ago

On June 6 of this year, the world commemorated the 80th anniversary of the D-DAY Landings in 1944. Allied forces stormed the coast of France and changed the course of history. More than 130,000 troops — mostly from the United States, United Kingdom and Canada — landed...

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A Very Real and Growing Problem

With so many “breaking” news reports these days, I almost missed a news report about Grayson Murray, a handsome, young, up-and-coming PGA golf pro who had an amazing life ahead of him. So what was reported?Grayson, just 30 years old, had won two tournaments on the PGA...

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Well Grounded

The past few months have seen torrents of rain, high winds, and tornadic storms tear through our part of East Texas.  Trying to maneuver many county roads after a storm turns into an Indy-500 race avoiding the vast number...

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Forget About It!

Mother Teresa once said, “If we want to love, we must learn how to forgive.”  I grew up hearing, “Just forgive and forget!”  Whoever said it made it sound so easy. Forgiveness is near impossible to do in our own strength, and forgetting is even harder. The...

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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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