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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…

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…

Changing Seasons

“Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding….” (Proverbs 3:5, Amplified Bible) Late September. Chilly. Pouring rain. The season is changing from the heat of Summer to the chill of Autumn. I’m not a fan of hot and humid; I’m not…

Ask

“…inquire of God, that we may know ….” (Judges 18:5, New King James Version) Lydia and Steve are church friends. With her bright red hair, big smile and warm, outgoing personality I was surprised – and thankful! – to learn that she’s an engineer and a “computer person.” When she says “call me anytime” she…

This Doesn’t Feel Like Exercise, Does It?

“…there is a [true, loving] friend who [is reliable and] sticks closer than a brother.”(Proverbs 18:24b, Amplified Bible) “This doesn’t feel like exercise, does it?” the fit, perky blond asked. She wore a yellow top with her black exercise pants. The class, a group of trim women of varies ages, heights, and builds, all wore…

The Magnificent Gift

“‘…I will ask the Father to send you the Holy Spirit who will help you and always be with you.’” (John 14:16 Contemporary English Version) I had been given a magnificent gift. It was given to me at great cost, an expense far greater than I could ever imagine. Too large to pack, yet I…

Listening Hearts

“… how very much our Father loves us….” (1 John 3:1, New Living Translation) Emily was visiting her grandmother. She had brought her dog, Princess, along. Across the street Emily spied a neighbor playing with his dog. His dog would fetch; Princess didn’t do “fetch.” So, having asked and received permission, Emily walked across the…