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The Power of Words

Oh, those words that can cut right through! And then there are those that can soothe our pain.Last week, I stepped to the counter at my doctor's office. "Here is your referral for your blood work," the receptionist said. But her words, though simple and mundane, were...

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Three Secrets to Make Your Day Shine

A group of friends and I chatted during lunch at an Asian restaurant last Sunday. After we finished, the usual thing happened. A waitress approached the table with a tray. "Fortune cookies for you,” she said with a lovely accent. Although I don’t believe in that...

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Slow to Speak, Quick to Listen

"So then, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath;" (James 1:19) I stared after my husband in wonder. Why had he slunk away hurt? My words were meant to correct something that was important to me. Why was he being so...

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The Tongue

'I said, "I will watch my ways and keep my tongue from sin; I will put a muzzle on my mouth as long as the wicked are in my presence." But when I was silent and still, not even saying anything good, my anguish increased. My heart grew hot within me, and as I...

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Gift of Words

"When they saw the courage of Peter and John and realized that they were unschooled, ordinary men, they were astonished and they took note that these men had been with Jesus." (Acts 4:13-14)   Did you ever wish you had the gift of words?  You know, the...

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Visualizing God’s Presence

If we laid bare our thoughts what would they reveal? If our minds could be read daily like a book what would they tell others about us? "….it is the thought-life that pollutes. For from within, out of men’s hearts, come evil thoughts of lust, theft, murder, adultery,...

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Overcoming a Speech Impediment

"Now Go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say." — Exodus 4:12 (NIV) When my sister was young she had a speech impediment. She had trouble pronouncing certain letters. For example the word special would come out as "sssspecial" and terrific would come...

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Garbled Messages

Let your ‘Yes' be yes, and your ‘No,'no. .." (James 5:12 NIV) I couldn't wait to get to the hospital to see my father. He had suffered a stroke and the report given to me by the nurses was that he was dazed and confused. Being a nurse myself, I would not feel relieved...

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