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Joy & Happiness

Sunset in the Mountains

After enjoying a glorious day of Autumn sunshine here in the hills and forests surrounding my home I decided to take a seat on my back porch and watch its final act. Sunsets here in the mountains are a beauty to behold. They are not as sudden as the ocean or desert...

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Sharing Smiles

I walked outside just as the sun was coming up over the mountains this morning. It was such a glorious sight. The whole world seemed to awaken with it. The golden light made the green grass glow. The birds stirred in their nests and began to sing. A lone Monarch...

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Remember Love

"The one who loves his fellow Christian resides in the light, and there is no cause for stumbling in him." (1 John 2:10, NET) My Italian Grandmother was a wonderful woman. “Nanny” had a loving, vibrant soul that she carried around in a short, heavyset body. She had a...

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Music to the Heart

 When my children were babies I spent many hours feeding them, changing them, bathing them, and dressing them. Yet, all of these hours combined are probably still less than the time I spent trying to make them laugh. From tickling toes, to belly blows, to making...

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Minute Vacation

"I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint." (Jeremiah 31:25) "Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever." (1 Chronicles 16:34, Psalm 106:1, Psalm 107:1, Psalm 118:1, Psalm 136:1, Jeremiah 33:11) It is good to take time to "stop and smell...

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Life is Simple

​​​​​​​"He has told you, O man, what is good, ​​​​​​and what the LORD really wants from you: ​​​​​​He wants you to promote justice, to be faithful, ​​​​​​and to live obediently before your God." (Mic 6:8, NET) My first born son is mentally handicapped, yet in so many...

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Every Step of the Way

"​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​He will shelter you with his wings; ​​​​​​you will find safety under his wings. ​​​​​​His faithfulness is like a shield or a protective wall. ​​​​​​​You need not fear the terrors of the night, ​​​​​​the arrow that flies by day,...

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Christmas Gift

This is the greeting you receive if you celebrate Old Christmas. Back before the calendar was changed Christmas was celebrated on January 6. but after the calendar was changed and more days added Christmas was moved to December 25. The Scotch-Irish called December 25...

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Better People

Mother Teresa of Calcutta was often quoted as saying: "I know God will not give me anything I can't handle. I just wish He didn't trust me so much." Over the years I have found myself often feeling the same way. I have had a blessed life, but it has never been an easy...

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A Wet Face and a Warm Heart

"For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life" (John 3:16) I woke up with a wet face again this morning. Five minutes before my alarm clock was set to go off my little dog,...

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