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Hugging My Heavenly Father

“And I bowed low and worshiped the Lord….” (Genesis 24:48, New American Standard Bible) A dear friend of mine is a “child magnet.” Children, even those Dianne* has never met, gravitate to her. When she interviewed for a position as a reading specialist, the school principal showed her around the campus. Stopping in one of…

The Sacrifice

“‘…My God, My God, why have You abandoned Me….’” (Matthew 27:46, Amplified Bible) It’s almost Palm Sunday. That means Good Friday isn’t far behind. We think of the great sacrifice Jesus made for us, as we should. But there was another sacrifice, one we often miss: the Father’s sacrifice. As a mother I cannot begin…

Grading on a Curve

“For this commandment which I command you today is not too difficult for you, nor is it out of reach.”  Deuteronomy 30:11 NASB When I was in school there were times when I dearly wished the teacher would grade our papers “on a curve.” The “curve,” that famous grading system that allows what may have…

Anxious Waiting

“‘ … He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.’” (Deuteronomy 31:8b-c) For months Gail* had wrestled and worried about a debt that had fallen to her. Years ago to help Kevin* (one of their children) her husband had cosigned a loan for graduate school. There had been changes in…

A Silent Word

“The Lord your God is in the midst of you…in His love He will be silent….” (Zephaniah 3:17, Amplified Bible) Sometimes we over estimate the value of words. We may offer a word of praise or consolation hoping to encourage someone, or withhold a word of loving criticism to spare one’s feeling. Words have so…

The Cat and the Can Opener

“‘Peace I leave with you; My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Do not let your heart be troubled, nor let it be fearful.’” (John 14:27 NASB) I struggle with receiving the peace Jesus has given me. Since He says do not “‘let’” my heart be…

“Insert Disc”

“Give ear, O Lord, to my prayer….” (Psalms 86:6, NASB) Summer. To my heart, there’s no other season worth living through. But I live in New England, so my heart (along with the rest of me) has had to make an uncomfortable truce with that white stuff that shows up every winter. Yuck. But it’s…