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Banishing “But”

We need to virtually banish the word but from our vocabulary. But can be okay, occasionally showing up with a positive slant on things. Unfortunately, but frequently shows up with its pal if or worse, with its two best friends, what if. But and but what if can wreck havoc in the heart and mind.…

The Greatest Gift

“No one has greater love [nor stronger commitment] than to lay down his own life for his friends.” (John 15:13, Amplified Bible) You gave me the greatest gift ever given, a gift of incalculable value at an unimaginable cost. When I try to imagine the price all within me recoils at the thought: the excruciating pain, the…

Deserving

“I don’t deserve this,” I prayed. I sighed with quiet frustration. I know I’m a sinner; I don’t “deserve” anything good. But I still felt frustrated. For years I had made time to support an ill family member. She often acknowledged my help with a “thank you,” but there were many difficult and frustrating times.…

To The Rescue!

Sometimes when a family member or close friend has a need we find ourselves wishing we could fill the need: Their furnace had died, a storm ripped off a section of their roof and the next tuition payment was due. Ugh!! How I longed to step in and fill at least one of the needs.…

Aging

Ever wish you could age like your dog? As Mandy (now close to eleven – seventy-seven in “people years”) grows older, we can’t help but notice her slightly swayed back, the grey hairs in her otherwise black and tan muzzle and the sagging tummy. Her days of chewing on forbidden things have past. But Mandy…

Forty Days

Ash Wednesday, Lent: Forty Days till Easter. Many will choose to fast something, remembering Christ’s time in the wilderness, His time of prayer, fasting and temptation immediately preceding the beginning of His ministry. Often we abstain from a favorite treat, like chocolate, ice cream or some other goody we enjoy. Yesterday we heard a sermon…

Testing Gravity

Have you ever watched a small child experimenting with gravity? My nine-month-old granddaughter has recently begun using a sippy cup. She’s very proud of herself! Likes to hold her yellow cup by one pink handle, throws her head way back to drain the very last drop. But before she gets to that last drop, she…

The Fog

At the beginning of a New Year many of us do two things: take time to review last year (and clean-out the files!), and identify this year’s goal. Having determined the goal, I began cleaning and organizing my office. I found a card advertising a conference. The card was four years old! The conference, an…

Fixing Things

As women, when we see a need or a problem, often our first response is to “fix it;” fill the need, solve the problem. Years ago the Lord showed me a pressing need, heavy on His heart. It was a need I was aware of, but hadn’t really considered. I assumed I needed to do…

The Monster in the Basement

At some time, most of us have delt with a “monster.” Sometimes the monster first shows up in a dream, sometimes it’s an event or situation we can’t stop agnsting over. As I crossed the threshold, my four-year-old grandson immediately began telling me about the dream he had the night before, about “the monster in…