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Praying for Your Grown-Up Kids

10/15/2018
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Whoever thinks parenting ends when a son or daughter turns 21 doesn’t understand that a parent never quits caring. I always feel a heart-tug when I read the apostle Paul’s words: “My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of childbirth until Christ is formed in you” (Galatians 1:19 (NIV). Isn’t that a good description of your concern for your kids’ spiritual welfare--it’s like childbirth. If you have a personal relationship with Jesus, you long for each of your kids to make...

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Paula's Story

10/8/2018
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In desperation, she grabbed two bottles--a bottle of whiskey and bottle of pills--and headed to the beach. At last she would end her pain. Two years of struggle and depression since her divorce had destroyed any thread of hope for the future. Why keep trying?

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On Dark Days

10/1/2018
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When Harold and I were first married, we visited the coalmining region of England for the first time. The weather was cold and gloomy as we entered a little town whose buildings were darkened by the coal smoke. The laundry hanging on the clotheslines looked gray and dirty even though it had just been washed.

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The Value of a Child

9/24/2018
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When does a child get his soul—that part of a person that never dies? It’s a question that people have debated for centuries. To start with, let’s go back to Adam. The record in Genesis says that the Lord formed Adam of the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul (Genesis 2:7). The initial thought, then, might be that a child receives a soul when he takes his first breath. But I, for one, believe it is much earlier.

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They Call Her Sister Freda

9/17/2018
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They call her Sister Freda, and she is an inspiration to me! She is a Kenyan nurse who saw great need and decided to do something about it. So she started a medical clinic in an area of great poverty.

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Wonder—and Worship

9/10/2018
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“Oh, Terri, just look at that rose! See the delicate markings and shading? Absolutely gorgeous! Just look at it!” Yes, when I see a beautiful flower, I immediately want to grab your arm and pull you over to take a look at its loveliness, the exquisite color, the unusual formation of the petals. Terri, my walking partner, is getting used to my exclamations as we pass by lovely flowers. She knows I just have to exclaim about them. And she knows she might as well stop right where she is until...

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Talking to a Friend Can Be Prayer

9/3/2018
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Talking is something most women enjoy. I guess it’s because women value relationships that we also value time to share feelings and thoughts with other women. But because of our fast pace of living, talking with friends is something most women do less and less these days.

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Dark Days

8/27/2018
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I’m always fascinated to listen to people tell how God met them at their point of desperation. Take the Elegados, for instance. In his work for the copper and gold mines during the Japanese occupation of the Philippines, Mr. Elegado had the only car allowed to go back and forth to the mines near Baguio. In order to be permitted to pass check points he had to have a Japanese sticker on the car.

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When Life Isn’t Fair

8/20/2018
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A while back I was asked to speak to a group of women on how to live with infidelity, alcoholism or abuse. I was unqualified to speak from personal experience, so my walking partner, Terri, came up with a plan: “Why don’t I set you up to talk to some of my friends who have found God’s strength to survive this kind of pain?” Terri did just that. So for a week I listened and took notes.

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I Want That!

8/13/2018
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In the area where we live, we have to be hooked up to cable TV to get any TV reception at all. For me one of the best parts about that is that we get the Home and Garden channel—HGTV. It may be called something else in your area, but you probably have a similar channel. I love enjoying the creativity of people who design beautiful landscaping and choose lovely colors and decor for their homes.

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A Scary Prayer?

8/6/2018
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Sometimes when you’re reading a book, a single phrase jumps off the page and catches your attention. It happened to me this week. I was reading Jill Briscoe’s book The Deep Place Where Nobody Goes, and the phrase that stood out to me was in the middle of a conversation that Jill was having with God. The phrase? Simply the words “Spend me.”[i]

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In the Beginning God Created

7/30/2018
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Science writer Samuel Alibrando proposes a challenge to anyone who has difficulty believing that God created the earth. He says, Let’s make a huge puzzle…. And let’s limit it to say, one million parts. It includes chemicals, scientific properties, elements, atoms, cells, changing weather, bugs, fish, reptiles, plants, dirt, mammals and instincts. Okay, can you put it together so that not one thing lacks what it needs…?

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Enjoy Them Now

7/23/2018
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Ken was still madly in love with Mary after 40 years of marriage. Everyone could see that! But Mary unexpectedly passed away with cancer, and Ken found himself alone and heart-broken.

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Something Beautiful

7/16/2018
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An artist decided to begin work on what he meant to be the masterpiece of his life. In his mind he knew exactly what he wanted to paint. He was working on the canvas, putting on the drab colors and grays that were to make up the background, when a friend came by to see him.

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Don’t Forget…

7/9/2018
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I’ve discovered something I’d like to share with you. It’s based on the rather embarrassing fact that when I read a book I tend to forget what I’ve read. Can you relate to that? Perhaps you’re blessed with a photographic memory, but since most of us aren’t, let me share something I’ve found to be helpful.

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That’s God

7/2/2018
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A friend sent me the following email: Have you ever been just sitting there and all of a sudden you feel like doing something nice for someone you care for? THAT'S GOD talking to you through the Holy Spirit.

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Freedom!

6/25/2018
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When you see a Bible, perhaps you think of it as a book full of rules and regulations--a book that tells you to stop doing what you want and insists you start doing what you have no desire to do. Be honest—is that what the Bible seems like to you?

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Self-Confidence or Supreme Confidence?

6/18/2018
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I recently read a book where the author suggested that you replace old, negative, condemning thoughts about yourself with new, positive, encouraging thoughts and thereby raise your sense of self-esteem. She believes that by visualizing what you want your life to be, you can change it. But I have found that thinking positively about myself is simply not enough. Too often I cannot live up to my own expectations.

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The God Who Gives Endurance and Encouragement

6/11/2018
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I like to read the Best Seller List to see what kind of books people are buying. Many are fiction. Others are biographies—they’re some of my favorites. Most deal with various issues of life in the 21 century. But there’s one book on the Best Seller List that dates back more than four thousand years—yet people still read it today. Of course, it’s the Bible. Amazing, isn’t it, that people still read a book that was written so many years ago!

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Freedom of Forgiveness

6/4/2018
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Ray Pratchard, in his book The Healing Power of Forgiveness, tells about a wise old monk and his young apprentice who were walking together along a forest trail. Their monastery had a rule forbidding all contact with women, but when they came to a river with a fast-flowing current, they saw an old woman weeping near the shoreline. “She asked for help, saying that she couldn’t cross the river on her own. Without a word, the older monk picked up the woman and carried her to the other side. She...

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