Bonds
Devotionals

The Bonds We Share

The apostle Paul knew what it was like to be bound. He was familiar with prison walls. So he was qualified to speak something on the matter. He taught: “Let brotherly love continue. Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with […]

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Neighbors

Courage

  “Courage doesn’t mean you don’t get afraid. Courage means you don’t let fear stop you.” (Bethany Hamilton)   I knew the moment I shared this quote with my daughter two days ago that she had had a lightbulb moment; I saw it in her eyes, in the way she tilted her head and glanced […]

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Community

An Awkward Interruption

God interrupted me today.   Sometimes His awkward interruptions make no sense to me. I had just purchased the most beautiful yellow roses to take to a friend. It was to be a surprise. As I walked to my car, with flowers in hand, I found myself thinking about how the great men and women […]

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Community

Comfort Zone

“Mom, is it a good thing to step outside my comfort zone?” asked my daughter. “Yes,” I said, giving her a cautious motherly glance, “as long as there is little risk for bodily harm.” “Oh, no need to worry about that,” she giggled. {silence} “It’s just that stepping outside your comfort zone is a hard thing to do,” […]

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Neighbors

An Adventure Awaits

  It was a hot afternoon when my children and I stepped outside our house, flyers in hand, and peered down the street.   “Which houses should we visit?” I asked. Our first choice was an easy one–the house across the street. Charles and Judy, our adopted grandparents, are some of our favorite neighbors. We […]

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seeds
Friends | Hospitality

Seeds To Plant

A CALL TO PLANT SEEDS AND PRACTICE HOSPITALITY   The Bible teaches much about hospitality. Abraham, Lot….while much has changed since biblical times, Hospitality has a place in our lives too. We have many opportunities, both inside and outside our homes, to show/extend hospitality:   “God has beautifully designed each one of us to be […]

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Community | Ideas and Inspiration

Worth The Effort

The best things in life take effort on our part.   Standing in the back yard on a beautiful fall afternoon, it occurred to me how wonderful it would be to not have any obligations that day…to just be able to stay at home and relax. But no, we had committed to provide an activity for a few homeless […]

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Community

Mutual Respect

Recently, I flipped through the pages of a religious magazine that was hiding in a stack of magazines in our living room and was stunned by what I read. The pages were filled with scripture, inspiring words, and eternal truths. I was so moved that, several days later, I finally asked my husband, “You know […]

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Neighbors

11 Ways Christ Taught To Love

What a blessing it is to have the scriptures  as our guide! The Savior, the ultimate example, will lead us out into our neighborhoods if we will but let Him. 1. He made time for others. 2. He made room in his life to develop and maintain friendships. 3. He lived his life among people; […]

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