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When Fear Is at the Door

Fear knocked at the door.  Faith answered.  No one was there. – Unknown Fear’s been knocking at the door a lot. Events over which I have no control have hounded me relentlessly this past year, leaving me to feel as if I am bobbing helplessly along in a swift river toward a massive waterfall – something […]

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Never Underestimate Jesus

…truly I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed,  you shall say to this mountain, “Move from here to there,” and it shall move; and nothing shall be impossible to you.” Matthew 17:20 It was an unexpected vacation of sorts, a rare thing for us.  A weekend opened up, and we were […]

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The God of Small Beginnings

For who has despised the day of small things? – Zechariah 4:10 You would think the King of the universe would love to do things in a big way, like humans do. We love doing things in a big way, and for a big audience. We yearn for the bright lights and those fifteen minutes of fame. […]

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A Continual Feast

A cheerful heart has a continual feast. –Proverbs 15:15 I love Thanksgiving. I love everything about it, the colors, the fragrant chill in the air, the idea of stopping for a moment to give thanks to the Giver of everything else. It has been a glorious day, especially welcome after a couple of incredibly hard […]

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The Nurse Who Remembered

Nursing carries heavy responsibilities. It requires long days, longer nights, and impossible schedules. In celebration of one of my favorite nurses, I’ve reprinted an except of our story from my book Song in the Night. Her name has been changed, but everything else is as it happened in the summer of 1997. One nurse in particular […]

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Spring Always Comes

Indeed, we had the sentence of death within ourselves so that we would not trust in ourselves, but in God who raises the dead. 2 Corinthians 1:9 NASB At the dawn of Easter morning each year, I love to open the Bible to the Gospels and re-visit the tomb of Jesus. Every year, I find […]

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Is God Tired of Us?

My son Kevin recently watched an award-winning 2006 documentary called God Grew Tired of Us. At his recommendation, I watched it last night. Kevin told me to be prepared to cry. I was prepared to cry. But I wasn’t prepared to grieve. The camera follows the story of three young Sudanese men who emigrate to America from […]

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Awakening

A man’s pregnant wife fell into a coma after losing a baby to a blood infection. She was unresponsive and on a ventilator. After two weeks, the hospital told the man they were going to pull the plug. The man “snaps and tells his wife off.” Two hours later, she began breathing on her own. […]

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An Every Day Thanksgiving

My husband and I were talking about the world situation the other day. From recent news reports, everything appears to be going to “hell in a hand basket,” as my blessed mother would have said. I’m not sure what the phrase means, but when she used it about any particular situation, we always knew that life […]

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Never Give Up

I awakened this morning to snow…again. This is one of the longest winters I can remember, and as I face the prospect of another gray day, spring seems to be a distant hope. The morning drudgery is brightened by a steaming cup of coffee and my quiet time. I’m reading about Joseph in Egypt. As […]

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