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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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Feeling your Prayers are…Ineffective?

In a recent email, a friend made the statement that he often considers his own prayers to be relatively ineffectual. I have to admit that I was a tiny bit relieved to receive this email...So it isn't justmy prayers that aren't answered! Yes, I can certainly relate....

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Mountains? Or Molehills?

That was one of my southern-bred mother's favorite expressions, one that I admit she had to use often. I was (still am!) the queen of seeing whatever I am upset about as being much bigger in the grand scheme of things as it truly is. Take, for example, how upset I got...

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Five Lies that Cause you to Worry…

It was the big day. My parents, my brother 16 and I at 17 sat in the courtroom. We dressed for the occasion and our hearts wore unprecedented excitement. My family worked hard to meet the requirements and lead us to this event that would change our lives. The red,...

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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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A Tale of Two Guides…

It was a full day. On this, our third day on the island of Grenada, we decided to take a tour of the entire island with a local tour company. We had a friendly guide who picked us up at the door, took us to several of the local attractions and provided us with history...

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