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Debbie Giese


We've all heard the saying "a thorn in my side" but do you know where it comes from...the rest of the story? And the promise that comes with the thorn? The apostle Paul says that a thorn, figuratively, was allowed to remain in his flesh. The purpose: to keep him...

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Torn Nets

"As He went a little farther, He saw James son of Zebedee and his brother John, who were in their boat mending their nets. Immediately he called them; and they left their father in the boat with the hired men, and followed Him" (Mark 1:19-20) Three little words in...

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Walking on Water

“When evening came, the boat was out on the sea, and he was alone on the land. When he saw that they were straining at the oars against an adverse wind, he came towards them early in the morning, walking on the sea. He intended to pass them by.” (Mk 6:47-51) Like this...

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The Shepherd’s Invitation

I have taken time this Christmas season to imagine life from the perspective of a shepherd. Not everyday life...but the amazing gift they were given with the invitation to come to the manger. They were just minding their own business, hanging out in the fields, living...

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Powered by Grace

Let me paint a picture of an all-too-common cycle in my life: I stop working out as much as I think I should, then I start letting the healthy eating habits slide too. Now before you get the idea that I am a fitness machine, allow me to clarify. I like to work out...

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Is There an App for That?

The three of us huddled close, my phone held tightly in my outstretched hand, all eyes watching the white arrow pointing us in the direction of the day's treasure. I've learned to use my smart phone for geocaching, looking for hidden caches based on GPS satellites....

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Beans and Butterflies

Sitting on the dresser in my little boys' room is a jar with a dead caterpillar in it and a Styrofoam cup with a dried out bean plant laying in the dirt. Both of these items were carefully set there with high hopes and anticipation of beans and butterflies by each...

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Just a Back-Up Plan

Our family went to my husband's hometown to visit his mother and younger brother for Memorial Day weekend a few summers ago, about a three hour trip from our house. His twin brother had also come into town; in an effort to be “the good wife”, I encouraged my husband...

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A Sliver of Darkness

Standing outside this morning in the predawn chill, dressed in my robe, my winter coat, and my mukluk slippers, waiting for my dog to do her business, I looked up for a moment to see the moon. It is one of those slivery crescent moons right now, but with a planet or...

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