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The Longest Winter

It has been the longest Winter this year. First came the weeks of the polar vortex accompanied by record breaking, below zero temperatures, frozen water pipes, and wind chills that cut into your bones like an icy knife. Next came the snowstorms one after another...

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Storms

"Now this is what the Lord says - the One who created you, Jacob, and the One who formed you, Israel - 'Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are Mine. I will be with you when you pass through the waters, and when you pass through...

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Seeing, but not Seeing

"Now on that same day two of them were going to a village called Emmaus, about seven miles from Jerusalem, and talking with each other about all these things that had happened. While they were talking and discussing, Jesus himself came near and went with them, but...

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Little White Suitcases

"I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint." (Jeremiah 31:25) Many years ago our first grader, little white suitcase in hand, was ready to leave in search of a better place. She had been invited to go to her room to think over some behavior, and apparently...

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Lessons From an Ice Storm

It was nearly Christmas when our region was plummeted by a major ice storm. We awoke to a thick layer of ice on every exterior surface. Unfortunately that included the power lines, which were snapping under the weight. There would be no power in our neighborhood for...

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Interesting Travels

The curvy, rugged roads here in the mountains of my home can make for some very interesting travels at times. In the last few weeks I have had my nostrils stung when the smell of a squashed skunk got sucked through the open windows of my car. I have screeched to a...

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Grand Adventure

"And not only [that,] but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character, hope. Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who...

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