Ps 34:8 Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him. NIV

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Published on March 30, 2013, by in Uncategorized.
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Good Friday indeed! Very good for you and me, not so “good” for Jesus…”Greater love has no one than this, that he lay down his life for his friends (John 15:13)”  On the cross Jesus bore our sin, all of it, every little spec, yours and mine, one sacrifice for all of mankind. If this was the end of the story it would be a morbid story indeed. The disciples thought it was the end of the story for Jesus. They were shocked, they were distraught, their rabbi and companion for the last three years was gone. Is this what they left their homes and families for? What hope did they have without Jesus? What had gone wrong? (more…)

 
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Published on March 21, 2013, by in Uncategorized.

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sadnessI am working my way through Trevor Hudson’s book, Discovering Our Spiritual Identity. In the third chapter Trevor makes mention of a conversation that he had with another pastor, in which the pastor said, “Never forget… each time you stand up to preach, each person in your congregation is sitting next to a pool of tears.” I was struck by the raw reality of that statement. (more…)

 
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Published on March 13, 2013, by in Uncategorized.
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The Reminder

The Reminder

On the way to work this morning I made a call to my 87 year old mother. Mom is lonely. Her three daughters live 1,200 miles away, and many of her closest friends and relatives are no longer living. Understandably so, our usual conversation revolves around my mom’s struggle to stay interested and engaged in life. This morning started out the same way, but as she began to tell me about making custard cups for an ailing friend, I heard a bit of kick enter her voice. Mom said that sometimes when she is feeling so down, she forgets how much it helps her to do something for someone else. It was mom who first taught me the value of looking outside of myself to see to the needs of other people. In my growing up years, Mom was always doing special for someone. She seemed to derive great joy from this. (more…)

 
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Published on February 22, 2013, by in Uncategorized.

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Piggy BankWhen you reach my age, the value of investing wisely seems to be more important than it was when I was knee deep in diapers and baby food. I realize that my potential years of gainful employment are not as numerous as they used to be. And truth be known, my husband and I don’t want our latter years to be a financial burden for our children. Because of this, a few years back we enlisted the services of a financial counselor to help us take a serious look at our income and investments. (more…)

 
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Published on February 15, 2013, by in Uncategorized.

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IMG_20130214_164329In his book, Discovering our Spiritual Identity, Trevor Hudson says that “God is relentlessly seeking to bring light and life where there seems to be only darkness and death.” Trevor says that when this happens, even in small ways, we experience a “little Easter.” Trevor goes on to say that, “Just about any time we are surprised with new possibilities for life and healing in the midst of brokenness and decay, there is a little Easter that gives us a glimpse of the resurrection power of God’s love.” (more…)

 
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Published on February 7, 2013, by in Uncategorized.

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WorryWORRY! I probably don’t need to explain the meaning of this word to you, but of course I will. The dictionary describes worry as an anxious or concerned feeling about something unpleasant that has already happened or may happen. I think that the dictionary explanation falls short of catching the “#sucktheliferightoutofyou” feeling associated with the word. How would you describe worry? Maybe you would use words more like “a sinking feeling of dread or fear that starts in your mind and slithers all the way down to your toes, leaving a mile wide path of destruction.” Ok, I admit that I’m being a bit dramatic, but anyone who has spent any time at all worrying can probably relate, especially if the situation that’s causing you to worry involves a feeling of loss, or is potentially life altering.

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Published on January 31, 2013, by in Uncategorized.
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As a child, one of my favorite activities was to look up into the sky, watching the clouds roll by. Or at night, I loved counting the stars and trying to identify the constellations. I would wonder what was up there beyond what I could see, and how many stars and galaxies there were, and where exactly did it all end, or was there an end, and if there wasn’t an end, what then? I was totally mesmerized by the mystery of what I saw. (more…)

 
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Published on January 25, 2013, by in Uncategorized.

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MaxThere’s nothing quite like the soft coos and the sweet smell of a newborn baby. Last week I had the privilege of cuddling my newest grandson for the first time. In my arms I was holding a new life, fresh from his mother’s womb; a life that is yet untainted by the problems of this world. It was hard to take my eyes off of him. I was memorizing every nuance of his tiny features, savoring every detail trying to capture this brief moment in time. Most of us who were present tried to decide who he looks like. A few of us concluded that he looks a lot like his older brother and his daddy did when they were born. (more…)

 
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Published on January 15, 2013, by in Uncategorized.

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JoshThirty years ago today, on January 13, 1983, before ultrasounds and epidurals were prevalent, my second child was born. I can remember many of the details of that day, including the early morning wake up with contractions and the doctor’s office visit confirming that yes I was in labor. After being sent home to await the shortening of intervals between contractions, my husband and I walked up the street to the corner store in hopes of hastening my labor, and to buy suckers for me to utilize when the pain got intense. (more…)

 
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Published on January 9, 2013, by in Uncategorized.
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Scripture Reference: John 1:3-13

It’s midnight, you pull in your driveway but the garage door opener won’t work. By the dim light of the moon you make your way to the front porch, but a tree has cast a shadow over the front door. You dig around to find your key but realize that you can’t see the keyhole. After fumbling around you are finally able to open the door, but when you enter the house you find that all is dark and silent. What is the first thing that you are going to do?Light Bulb (more…)