Looking For Love

In 1982 I was introduced to a certain young man by my college roommate and though there were no “fireworks” in that first meeting, my heart warmed to his pursuits over time. With each phone call or letter received (we did not have text messaging then:-), God began to give me new eyes to see…

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Blooming after Pruning

I have taken so many walks each day while here in Florida and I have begun to notice something that I hadn’t before. In places where a gardener’s pruning shears have been, beauty is sprouting up. Sometimes when young trees are planted, the gardener will prune off the lower branches to give shape to the…

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WHAT IS YOUR LIFE?

A quiet house. No little feet pitter-pattering through the halls and no giggles waffling from the next room. No cartoons playing on the TV, an empty table at dinner, and no urgent questioning of lost articles of clothing. How did we get to this? I miss it!! Somedays I wish I could go back and…

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Storeroom of Treasure

Sitting on the floor in our crawl space under our house, I began sifting through boxes and totes with one thing on my mind. “How am I going to let go of a lifetime of “treasures” in order to downsize?” With each box comes images of events past, many of which still make my heart…

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Hope In The New Year

Resolutions. Have you made yours yet? The start of the new year is upon us and most people are giving thought to what they want to do differently in the new year. Whether it is to lose weight, get a new job, conquer a fear, buy a new house, start a family, start a journal,…

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The Wonder Of Christmas

Peering out of the window from the back seat of my parent’s car, I looked with wonder at the Christmas lights that glimmered and glowed in an array of colors. It was a tradition for my family when I was little to drive around town a day or two before Christmas to look at the…

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Noel: At The Appointed Time

On a recent trip to Augusta, GA, I encountered this beautiful clock that stood in the middle of the very small airport. I was waiting to board my plane home and as I looked at this clock, I began to think about how much of the Bible talked or referenced “time.” Since it is Christmas…

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THE GIFT YOU BRING

How would you react if heaven came down to you in the night sky in the form of a multitude of angelic beings while you were outside with a couple of friends? I’m thinking of the words “heart attack” for me. This morning as I began reading the story of Jesus’ birth, I read how…

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FORMED & KNOWN

The table saw buzzed as the small blade moved up and down at light speed. I carefully, and with skilled hands, guided the plank of wood through, making small turns to follow the curve of the template that we had drawn on with a pencil. It’s our newest craft project for Christmas. Once the shapes…

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A GIVING HEART

Clatter, clatter, clink was the sound that resonated within the walls of the ornate architecture surrounding the temple courts. The wealthy, in all their grandeur, would swoop up, one after another, and drop their many coins into the cistern, listening proudly as their contribution turned heads at the clamorous sound it made swirling down to…

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