• change flowers

    Change: My New Friend

    Bright sunlight filtering through the bedroom drapes was the first thing I noticed as I awoke from a restful night’s sleep. Rolling over and climbing out of bed, I made my way to the kitchen for a glass of water and a quick glance at the clock. 8:56 a.m. Today was my own…

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    Giants, Then and Now: Becoming a Covenant-Keeping People

    One day, in the midst of an election season, my 8-year-old son asked if, as a family, we could study the Old Testament. At first, I thought he was joking. He wasn’t. So we started on a slow and steady journey through the Old Testament, all the while feeling sure…

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    Smoke And Mirrors: A Letter To Our Local Firemen

    Fall is, by far, my favorite time of year. However, fall is also my nemesis, for it is usually during this time of year that I fall prey to the temptation to do all things creative. For instance, one fall season, this is what was simultaneously taking place at our house:…

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    Bringing Joy to the Brokenhearted

    It was his eyes that made me do it.   The soft smile on his face did nothing to mask the deep loneliness in his eyes—the type of loneliness that comes from experiencing the death of a beloved spouse.   “Would you be interested in joining our family for dinner…

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    Nurturing Authentic Friendships With The Help Of God

    Relationships matter to God. Our relationship with Him, as well as our relationship with others, truly matter to Him. With His help, we can nurture relationships with the richest of feelings. When was the last time you experienced the hand of God in the mist of your relationships with family,…

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    Cowardly Clyde: Coming Out Of The Darkness And Into The Light

    LIVING IN DARKNESS Cowardly Clyde was a cowardly horse who was terrified to enter the dark woods. Ultimately, he gained confidence and courage and was able to enter the woods and pull out the dreadful monster that loomed there—a monster that dissipated into nothingness when exposed to the light. We,…

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    The Fight For Freedom Deserves Our Last Ounce Of Courage

    The evening began with bowls of warm chili and trembling, nervous tummies.   True, my kids had spent the past few weeks in great anticipation of this Chili Dinner and Talent Show, but now that their turn to perform was quickly approaching, they were having second thoughts.   “What have we gotten ourselves…