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Love

When I challenged a friend recently about using his artistic talent, I realized that I had not written a song or a poem for a long time. It’s therapeutic to use one’s gifts. I knew that, but hadn’t been practicing…

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Puzzles

I really enjoy doing jigsaw puzzles. We usually have one going at our house. It’s something that the whole family can participate in, so I don’t have to solve it all by myself. Fitting the pieces together is tricky, but…

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It’s Just Temporary

Aren’t you glad that some things are temporary? In fact, most things are. Few things last forever. In God’s economy He has designed a few things that are eternal. So maybe we should focus on those things. But we tend…

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Living Without

My husband and I were in Colorado for the last three weeks for a family reunion. In the process of “packing lightly,” we lived without things that are part of our daily routine. It’s amazing what we can get along…

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Family

We are all part of a family. Healthy, dysfunctional, or on a spectrum in between. But imagine the best family that you can. What would you be doing with them during this Christmas season if you could? We are looking…

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Wastefulness

Presently I am reading “A Hunger for the Holy,” a thought-provoking book by Calvin Miller. Here are some of his observations. An American visitor from a Third-World country was asked what was the most unforgettable thing she had seen in…

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Advent

The churches I grew up in did not celebrate Advent. They left that to the “liberals,” who celebrated a lot of things on the church calendar. It wasn’t until recent years that I have learned to appreciate it. I’m glad…

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But God (10)

They say that “old” is a relative term. “You are as old as you think you are.” Well, maybe, at some stages of life. But there comes a time when we can’t deny it any more. The sagging skin, the…

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Thanksgiving

It’s Thanksgiving time again. Wow, the calendar months roll around quickly, don’t they! Today my daughter and I made a menu plan for the dinner, including all of the traditional delicacies. A few days ago we had some guests here…

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Rest Stops

Don’t you appreciate the rest stops on the interstates? I need what they provide. A bathroom, a place to walk, an area where I can safely take a nap in my car. If I rush past all of them and…

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