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The Light of Christmas

  “Better to light a candle than curse the darkness.” What does this mean to you? I love this quote, yet without a light how does it work? By thirteen, my parents war-zone marriage and divorce left my Mom’s emotions … Continue reading

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Prepare-Enrich Conflict Resolution

             Today’s class on resolving conflict at our church really punched a pack. Hard to believe I do not remember learning these stages of conflict resolution when my husband and I attended our pre-marital counseling, Prepare-Enrich. … Continue reading

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Don’t take the Wind out of their Sails- Communicating God’s Way

  Dad warned me in my single years, “You take the wind out of their sails.” Whether I asked for his advice or not—like father, like daughter. “You talk too much. You don’t always have to have the last word.” This … Continue reading

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Forgive Again? Yes, it is Good Friday

  Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, “Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?” Jesus answered, “I tell you not seven times, but seventy-seven times.”(Matthew 18:21, 22 NIV) … Continue reading

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Gaps and Grace. Growing in Marriage.

“You need to give each other more grace.“ Our marriage counselor intentionally looked each of us in the eye last week. Gaps. My gaps stare at my mate. His stare right back at me. And our marriage counselor sees it … Continue reading

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Getting Through the Holidays When Your MIssing those in Heaven or Dodging those on Earth

“I just have to make it through the holidays.” A single friend dropped these words annually about the same time the leaves began to fall in clumps. “I dread this time of year.” It isn’t easy to forget the impending … Continue reading

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Prayer and the Land of Entitlement

Yesterday my husband told me about a middle aged man who started a Christian motorcycle club for his friends. He planned trips and it started to grow. It was going really good for awhile. But then one man had a … Continue reading

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Wings of Hope

  One morning  I visited the boys lockdown unit at Juvenile Hall and stepped on a folded paper. Curious, I picked it up—I could only imagine what it might contain. To my delight I stared at two penciled sketches of … Continue reading

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How to Weed Hearts and Grow a Garden for Two

  Yesterday I weeded the little patch across from the sliding glass door where our budding rose tree dove toward the dirt midweek. Steve propped it up with a stake again and I yanked at crabgrass ½ inch round and … Continue reading

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Christmas Reindeer – remembering Sam

“Every Good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the Heavenly lights who does not change like shifting shadows.”  James 1:17   Two weeks ago I thought about this verse as I  pulled two metallic … Continue reading

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