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Melva Cooper

The Arms of Jesus

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." (Matthew 11:28) I picked up our youngest granddaughter, five year-old Brooke, from preschool. The next hour was a fun time as together we explored the tiny birds in Granddaddy’s blue bird box,...

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Pary for the Peace of Jerusalem

"Pray for the peace of Jerusalem…" Psalm 122:6 (NLT) Several years ago God made a way for me to visit Israel. It was a land that seemed so much like my home away from home. All this time later, I still remember how I delighted in walking where Jesus walked. What peace...

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"For this world is not our home; we are looking forward to our city in heaven, which is yet to come."  Hebrews 13:14 (NLT) To our ninth grade granddaughter, Faith, homecoming was an exciting time. Her long, beautiful, red hair mingled well with the green and gold...

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God Owns it All

"The heavens are yours, and the earth is yours; everything in the world is yours…" (Psalm 89:11) I went outside in the early morning to get the newspaper that had been thrown across the driveway. It was a perfect summer day. The dew was sparkling on the lawn that my...

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Gentle Rains

"…For the rains He sends are an expression of His Grace…" (Joel 2:23b) For two days we received rain as an expression of God’s grace. Many days during the late Summer, temperatures had skyrocketed to the century mark in the middle of the country where I live. The...

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Starting Over

"This time Jonah obeyed the Lord’s command…" (Jonah 3:3 NLT) Our ten year-old granddaughter, Mary Kathryn, received a diary for her birthday. It was a gift from her best friend. She seemed so grown-up when she would take time to write down the events of the day. One...

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Joyful Christmas

"Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think…" (Ephesians 3:20) It was Christmas! A joyful time in our home. With four grandchildren ranging in ages from 3 to 12 there was always something to do. We had gone shopping, attended a...

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Give Thanks

"I give you thanks, O Lord, with all my heart…" (Psalm 138:1) (NLT) My husband took our ten year-old granddaughter, Mary Kathryn, fishing this morning. It was a beautiful summer day. The temperature was in the upper 70’s and the humidity was way down. Quite a contrast...

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Faith’s New Car

"He will give you all you need from day to day if you live for Him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern." (Matthew 6:33 NLT) It seems only days since she was born. To this grandmother she was the most beautiful newborn in the hospital nursery. Even though...

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