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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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The Apple Orchard

Can there be a more bucolic, picturesque time of year than the annual trip with the family to the apple orchard?  The Ottawa Valley features many commercial orchard farms, enticing people with not only diverse apple varieties to choose from, but wagons to carry...

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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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The Good Gardener

I will be the first person to admit that I am not a good gardener!  I’m just not good with plants.  I’ve been known to kill perfectly hardy house plants.  At home, I am relegated to weeding and watering the garden, which is probably just as well.  Now, I have been to...

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God Knows

"Even before there is a word on my tongue, behold, Lord, You know it all." (Psalm 139:4 NASB)Dee, our 56-year-old daughter, entered the COVID-19 situation already in crisis because her husband of 31 years had died in September 2019, just before the virus began to...

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Abba Father

ABBA, FATHERLike a little childMy incense shall riseFor there is joy in my eyesAnd a lovely song on my lips,I come with no fear in my heart,Confident in my identityFor I know you are my source,Swift to hear my worship,Swift to speak your wordAnd answer my kingdom...

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"Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours." (Mark 11:24 ESV)"When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles." (Psalm 34:17 ESV)Below is another Facebook book...

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It was one of those days. Besides being in the midst of the COVID pandemic, everything I touched seemed to go bad. I was tired, and I was more than a little bit grumpy. The kicker, however, was when I got to the checkout counter at the local grocery store, mask and...

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Profiting in God

"Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night." (Psalm 1:1-2 KJV)When I was much...

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Drawing Near

"But You are near, O LORD, and all Your commandments are true." (Psalm 119:151 ESV)In the longest chapter in the Bible, there are five short words that ring like a melodious bell in the harsh roar of modern history: "But You are near, O Lord." And in another section...

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