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Dirty Dishes

"It does not, therefore, depend on human desire or effort, but on God's mercy." (Romans 9:16 NIV) One of the hardest lessons I have had to learn as an adult is to rely on God's mercy instead of my own drive, desire or effort. Just a few minute ago, I was washing the...

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Canopy of Webs

I had heard about the size, abundance and toxicity of Australian spiders. This was, in fact, the only thing that put any kind of a damper on my enthusiasm for visiting this fascinating continent. I would learn, however, that the stories were a bit larger than life....

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Selling Your Birthright

We're all familiar with the story: Esau, famished from his hunt, sold his birthright for a bowl of lentil stew: "One day when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau arrived home from the wilderness exhausted and hungry. Esau said to Jacob, 'I'm starved! Give me some of...

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White Bread? Or Whole Grain?

We have become aware in recent years of the problems associated with consuming large quantities of refined foods. We see a push towards whole grains and less-refined sweetening options; but if you delve a bit deeper into the issue, you will see that it isn't what is...

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Valentines Love

Valentine's Day. The time of year when we each remember how much we love that special someone. We try to spend time together, we go out to dinner, we buy each other presents, cards and flowers...It is truly a celebration of the love we share. At my house, Valentine's...

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Walking the Fine Line

This is dedicated to anyone out there who isn't sure how to walk the fine line between pride and poor self-esteem... As I read the encouraging words in the email, I could feel the twangs of emergence as my archenemy, "Pride" began to show its ugly head. You see, pride...

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Self-Focused

As I finished a major project last night, one that had been taking up the majority of my time since August, I let out a victory shout. I fully expected my husband to join in, but he didn't. Surprised, I realized he was wearing earphones and didn't even hear my cry of...

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