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Hanging by a Thread

"You hem me in, behind and before, and lay your hand upon me." (Psalm 139:5) My grandmother taught me how to hem. I remember it being as difficult to learn as tying shoelaces, my fingers feeling thick and clumsy. I wanted to learn to sew, however, so I kept...

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Four Statements that Shine with Hope

Hubby and I stood at the customer service window of a large wholesale store. The line was getting longer because the woman at the window, in a loud voice, gushed demanding questions: You mean I don’t get a refund for my membership? And you won’t compensate me for the...

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For Sure

"'For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the Lord, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.'" (Jeremiah 29:11) It definitely looked like winter...the foliage was off the trees, the bushes were bare, and things looked...

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The Years the Locust Ate

"So I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, The crawling locust, The consuming locust, And the chewing locust, My great army which I sent among you." (Joel 2:25, NKJV) When I read this verse, I can't help but substitute words for "Locust."...

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When Winter Seems to Never End

Even in the frozen northlands of Canada, winter does not last forever. I know this is true, I have experienced 30 years of the changing Canadian seasons, yet somehow, last year, I didn't believe it. While most of the northern hemisphere basked in unseasonably warm...

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Unexpected Places

"Suddenly, Jesus met them. 'Greetings,' he said." (Matthew 28:9)Our neighbors had been out fishing. What a beautiful day! The good catch made it even better. Tired, happy hands threw the fish out of the cooler, up onto the dock. One guy started cleaning the boat,...

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The Traffic Jam

It was midnight, and I lay tossing and turning on my mattress. Again. Lord God, cried my heart, it is such a little thing, why can't I fall asleep anymore? I finally got up. What sense was there in lying in bed when you can’t sleep? Besides, my shoulder was sore, and...

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