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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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Do You Stand for Life?

Each year since 1984, the third Sunday of January has been known as Sanctity of Life Sunday.  I arrived at church today anticipating an inspiring sermon about the value of life, but, unfortunately, that was not the sermon offered at my church and, from what I...