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Trials

When we Grow…

"Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." (James 1:2-4 ESV) An...

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 Grief Skills

"We who are strong ought to put up with the failings of the weak, and not to please ourselves. Each of us must please our neighbor for the good purpose of building up the neighbor." (Romans 15:1-2 NRSV) Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901) buried his wife and two children in...

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How to get rid of ALL Stress

This beautiful truck won first prize at a local classic car show. Not just because of the impressive exterior, or the great paint job or even those snazzy wheels. It won because of the engine, its components, the way it was built, the clean look and its performance....

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Finding a Way out of my Storm

During a recent trip, I held the arm of the flight attendant guiding me to my seat inside the airplane. "Here's your seat, Mrs. Eckles," she said. Not the bulkhead seat! After I settled in, I realized that, ugh! I was in the "bulkhead" seat. That meant there was no...

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Wind-Bent Trees

I don't know for sure why the tops of all the trees in the Northern-most corner of the island of Guadeloupe are all pointing west. I am sure, however, that somehow or another, it is related to wind. Maybe this happened as a result of the last hurricane to strike the...

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Dirt…

(Written Mid-May) Spring is finally here. I'm not a big gardener, but I do like to plant spring flowers to decorate the front of my house. And so today I began to dig into the dirt and plant the pretty annuals that I bought. The longer I dug and sifted and mixed that...

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Indian Summer

I don't know about you, but one of the reasons I've come to love the fall season is the abundant days of Indian Summer. Now, if any of you are like me, originally from places that don't really have seasons, then this may be a new term to you. Basically, Indian Summer...

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Great Falls

Great Falls Montana, built up along the banks of the mighty Missouri River, was once the site of five mighty water falls. Discovered and named by Merriweather Lewis and William Clark in 1805, the falls, as you work your way upriver are known as: 1. Big Falls (also...

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Just Stay Calm

Is there something in your life that's breaking your heart right now? Do you wake up in the middle of the night with your pulse racing because you simply don't know what to do? Do you wonder where the strength will come from to face another day? Let's face it; life...

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