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Importance of Family

We arrived at our mountain cabin ahead of the rest of the family, making sure food, games, and supplies were in place.  It was a gorgeous setting and one we felt sure our large family would enjoy. But this  year would be different from the last five years – one family...

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Sheep and Their Shepherd

We returned from family vacation in the mountains last week.  We were saddened to leave the family and all the kiddos, but anxious to get back home, to our bed, and especially to Scooter, our puppy.  “Do you think he’ll remember us?”  “What do you think he’s been...

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One Person’s Impact

I awoke yesterday morning to learn of the passing of Rev. Billy Graham, age 99.  Over the past several years, as he grew older and frailer, it was evident that his time on earth was drawing near to death’s doorstep.  I grew up listening to his sermons and attending...

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Baby of the Year

Just 18 months old and a little guy from Dalton, Georgia, is going viral.  Young Lucas Warren has been named Gerber’s “Spokesbaby of the Year,” beating out more than 140,000 other baby applicants.  Lucas is the first baby with Down Syndrome to be chosen. As a life...

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Crashing Down

I live in the piney woods of East Texas.  Huge pine trees, over 100 feet in height, surround our home.  The sound of the wind moving through the treetops is both soothing and therapeutic.  But it wasn’t therapeutic when I heard a loud crash. I ran out the front door...

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Are You Being Called?

A famous quotation of Albert Einstein says:  “The world is too dangerous to live in-not because of the people who do evil, but because of the people who sit and let it happen.”  I think you’ll agree there is plenty of evil in the world for all of us.  Pick a topic, a...

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The Rest of the Story

When I was little I remember listening to the radio (a lot), being a middle-class family, and probably because television was such a “new” media and unaffordable to most people.  My parents particularly liked a show called The Rest of the Story, hosted by Paul...

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No Coincidence

The Book of James is one of my favorite books of the Bible.  It is jam-packed with life lessons.  I was studying Chapter 4 and re-read verse 17:  “Whoever knows the right thing to do and fails to do it, for him it is sin.”  I just knew I had to use this verse for a...

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Flying Leap

I answered the phone and immediately heard my husband say, “I don’t know how it happened.  I was driving no more than 5 miles an hour ….”  My heart sank while visualizing every emergency imaginable.  As it turns out, Scooter, our 3-month old Great Pyrenees puppy...

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A Woman of Substance

We snuck into church, late as usual, trying desperately not to attract attention to ourselves.  As I was getting comfortable in my pew seat, I noticed the pastor was starting a new series on the Book of Ruth, one of only two women who have their own books.  Being a...

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Questions That Demand An Answer

Jack lived on the streets, homeless, for over 20 years. He was certified insane in three states. He traveled all over the Southeast — Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Florida and Texas. Jack grew up not wanted by his parents.  His father died when he was four...

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Missing Them

I’ve been cleaning this week (oh stop it — before you start laughing, I really do know how to clean).  Since the temps have been so frigid, I’ve had time to continue working on all the pictures we have … enough to fill warehouses! As I uncovered and began...

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More Common Than You Think

Every day — day in and day out — incidents of domestic violence/abuse appear in our newspapers and televisions.  I’ve heard people say, “that could never happen here,” and then it does.  No community is immune to abuse and resulting long-lasting effects of...

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Obedience School

Scooter, our new puppy, had his first obedience class last week.  Hubby and I had our noses glued to the back door in utter amazement that Scooter was responding so well and so quickly to the trainer.  “Why doesn’t he do that for us?” we thought, “after all, we feed...

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