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Hope Is The Cure

I read about a new Harvard study in Forbes recently which investigated the health and mental health of children and teenagers who were raised with religious or spiritual practices. I am not surprised by what they found. According to the study, children and teens...

Best Laid Plans

There’s a line from Robert Burns’ famous poem “To a Mouse” that’s been adapted from the original text … “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.”  That line kept revolving in my mind as the preacher gave his sermon.  By the end of the service, there was...

Prayer in Our Nation

Since 1952, the first Thursday in May has been designated as the National Day of Prayer.  The National Day of Prayer shares common roots with the celebration of Thanksgiving; both were national proclamations establishing a day of prayer, but in the New England...

Where Do I Go?

Last week I was trucking down a back road (admittedly with my foot heavy on the metal), admiring farmhouses on the right and left of the road, when I suddenly saw a squirrel run directly in my path.  He saw me, I saw him, our eyes locked, then he freaked out looking...

I’ve Got A Secret

When I was little, my family were one of the few in our neighborhood that had a television.  That round black and white “television tube” provided hours of entertainment to our family.  Unlike today, most households had one TV (unless you were very wealthy, then you...

Finding Rest

After much procrastination, my husband and I decided to bite the bullet and buy a new mattress.  After some sticker shock (gone are the days to get a new mattress for $900), we shopped and bought.  Like two kids at a candy store, we couldn’t wait until the new “gift”...

Power of Prayer

Always intrigued with history, I recently ran across a name I had never heard of and a story that brought the power of prayer up close and personal.  The name? … Rees Howells.  The story? … how the power of prayer helped turn the tide in the Battle of Britain. Rees...

Fly the Friendly Skies

  Last week I went to a writer’s conference in Tennessee.  A friend and I had originally planned to drive, but quickly talked ourselves out of it and flew instead.  For the two hours flying up and two hours flying back, I reminisced about my one-time desire to be...

Movies and Popcorn

I have been a movie fan forever (movies with popcorn, that is).  I remember watching “Bambi” and “Cinderella” as my first venture to the silver screen.  Then I graduated to “Gone with the Wind” and “To Kill a Mockingbird.”  Yes, I love movies, especially when I have...

Interest Free

  I believe in prayer.  I really do!   I talk a lot about prayer, I tell others to pray.  I even practice it (most of the time).  In fact, this probably tells you a lot about my spiritual condition (you have probably heard this before, too!): Dear Lord, So far...

A Mother’s Love

I was standing in line at the pharmacy after church today.  It was a long line, filled with men young and old, each of them having something in common . . . they all had flowers and cards they were purchasing.  I smiled to myself as I thought of the mothers (and...

Prayer on Demand

We live in an on-demand culture.   Every service imaginable is geared for the convenience of the consumer … communications, technology, vehicles, on-line shopping.  Witnessing the paradigm shift of our culture over the last five years, it shouldn’t surprise me that...