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Paul Smyth

Kindling the Flames

If you are anything like me, watching a fire dance about in a fireplace is tremendously soothing.Whether from a fire log, split timber or even natural gas—the yellowy-orange flames can supply more than heat and light. In my opinion, they provide a sense of calm,...

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Back to Basics

This morning I woke up at 4 a.m. It wasn’t because I had a bad dream or a distant train whistle stirred me to consciousness. I simply opened my eyes and waited for my brain to catch up! Are you aware that you can’t solve all the world’s problems in the middle of the...

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Wishing for a Time Machine?

Have you ever wished for a time machine?I mean, think about it. Zipping through history or visiting the future, which as an aside, I personally would not do as some things are better left undiscovered—in my time-travelling opinion! Now, let me ask you this; Are there...

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Nothing Else Matters

Do you STEW? I do.To clarify, I don’t mean a crock pot filled with stewing beef, potatoes, and carrots. I’m referring to the tried and true human condition of good old-fashioned worry. We all do it. For me, it’s waking up in the middle of the night as my brain churns...

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A Father’s Love

I’m a father of three grown children, and even though my offspring no longer live at home, there isn’t a day that goes by when they don’t come to mind or when I miss them and pray for them. I often ponder those years of bouncing my kids on my knee and then cuddling in...

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Love–Jesus’ Style…

Today, I received a sad text from a friend who informed me that a former co-worker had suddenly passed away. This person was special in every way. We kept in touch over the years and enjoyed many fun and lively conversations together, many of them about Jesus. His...

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When It Rains, It Pours

A gentle rain is glorious to watch and listen to. The peaceful sound of raindrops pattering off the leaves of trees, or plopping into puddles on my deck is wonderfully relaxing. I enjoy the rain and how it refreshes everything it touches. Without it, our world is void...

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Calming Rough Seas

Have you ever stood on a beach and marveled at the majestic ferocity of wind-driven waves cresting and slamming into a sandy shoreline? It’s truly a sight to behold. The sound alone is enough to stir in my soul feelings of peace and tranquility. I for one love to...

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