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Joy & Happiness

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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An Old Pair of Shoes

I woke up with a stiff and sore back this morning. This was not unusual since my back has given me problems for years now, but today no amount of stretching or moving would loosen it up. Still, I had 5 dogs waiting patiently by the door to go out for their morning...

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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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A Better Person

"Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might" (Eccl 9:10) As the days ticked down to my 47th birthday this year, I had to admit that I was a little melancholy. I was looking back over the years of my life and remembering every mistake that I had made, every...

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While it Lasts

I found myself shovelling snow yet again the other day. It was the wet, heavy kind too. As I was cleaning off my driveway I had to stop more often than ever before to stretch out my aching back. Later as I laid down on my bed to rest it and read I found myself facing...

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Three Dimes

"For God so love the World . . ." (John 3:16a) When I was a boy I used to love to find a stray penny on the sidewalk. I would save them in a jar in my room and then use them to buy candy or gum when I had found enough. Later as an adult I read a story about how a...

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The Walk

Did you ever have one of those dreams that seemed to go on forever? I had one like that last night. I was walking down an old, side road that I used to walk along as a teenager. I wasn’t quite sure where I was headed, but I felt very determined to get there. Like in...

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The Good Shepherd

"So it was, when the angels had gone away from them into heaven, that the shepherds said to one another, 'let us now go to Bethlehem and see this thing that has come to pass, which the Lord has made known to us.' And they came with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and...

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