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The Sacrifice of Praise

Recently, I sat on the Gulf beach with my husband and watched as the sun inched toward the horizon. The wet shoreline glowed with orange and pink reflections, holding the sun’s glory briefly as the waves crept back into the … Continue reading

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Getting Free From Time Out

All children are artists—just ask any clever 3-year old. Those little artists remain alive in us, even though they can often be stunted in our lifeless souls. We are not all artists in the narrow definition of the term perhaps, … Continue reading

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Second Breakfasts, Orcs, and Battlefields

It’s like in the great stories, Mr. Frodo. The ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger, they were. And sometimes you didn’t want to know the end. Because how could the end be happy? How could the world … Continue reading

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Take Courage

My mother has been in the hospital with pneumonia, and she’s not doing great. She’s better than she was when she entered, but she’s not healed, and this episode will undoubtedly set her back. This sort of surprise always sends me … Continue reading

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More Dreaming

Before you were created, God dreamed of you. Your brown eyes, the color of your hair and skin, the wild expanse of freckles on your nose—all these were part of God’s design for you before you were born. Dreaming and … Continue reading

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Life with a Limp

Sunday while visiting my mom in the hospital, I turned on the television to see if I could find something she would enjoy—a Sunday message that might encourage us both. I found a Gaither Homecoming celebration. Mom always enjoys watching … Continue reading

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Goo Be Gone and the Mighty Oak

Recently, I left my house to seek silence somewhere; anywhere would be fine. I was panicky, and I needed to secure my heart in Christ, but it was too noisy and busy at home. I found solitude (sort of) in … Continue reading

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