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Marion Smith

Uprooted

"Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart." (Psalm 31:24) The hurricane blew through the Keys and south Florida with a mighty force. The winds howled, and the rain pounded relentlessly for 24 hours. My sister and her husband have a home in Marathon, Fla....

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Jonah and Paul

"So the captain came to him, and said to him, 'What do you mean, sleeper? Arise, call on your God; perhaps your God will consider us, so that we may not perish.'" (Jonah 1:6 NKJV) In the Old Testament there is a ship story concerning Jonah.  He was a...

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Hosta Lilies

Many years ago I bought and planted in my yard my first hostas. These hardy perennials grow in clumps and flower once a year. I knew when I bought them, they could be divided by just cutting each clump apart and replanting it. I have many hostas now, and have always...

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Hedge of Protection

"Have You not made a hedge around him, around his household, and around all that he has on every side? You have blessed the work of his hands, and his possessions have increased in the land." (Job 1:10 NKJV) We always enjoy our vacations on Skidaway Island in...

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Grafting

Rom 11:16-18 "For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and...

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Hangman’s Noose

The other day in church, before the service started, I noticed two children playing a game which had occupied many hours for my sister and me when we were children. We called it “ Hangman’s noose.” Blank spaces were drawn at the bottom of the page denoting the number...

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Equipment

As I sat on the porch of our rental condo at Ponte Vedra Beach recently, I saw an awesome sight. Swimming in the Atlantic, close to shore, were schools of dolphin. Each group had quite a few fish in it, and the multiple number of schools was unbelievable. I spotted...

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A Firm Foundation

"But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall." (Matt 7:26-27...

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Under the Surface

"God is my rock and my salvation." (Ps 62:2) Yes, I am sure of it! There is something wonderful and enticing under the surface of the Atlantic right outside our window! The birds know it. They are swarming to this particular area - swooping and swooshing; diving into...

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The Blank

"Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the firstfruits of all your crops; 10 then your barns will be filled to overflowing, and your vats will brim over with new wine." (Prov 3:9-10 NIV) There are many phrases associated with the word “blank”, such a drawing a blank,...

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