Secret Preparation

Cartoon of the shepherd boy David hitting a bear with a shepherd's staff

Although the mention is very short, I have always been fascinated by the fact that a shepherd boy, David, could kill both a lion and bear with his bare hands.  I think of people who have been mauled or killed by both of these animals, and the terror they still…

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A Package Deal

wrapped packages

Because most people are enticed by the offer of a free gift, that strategy shows up often, starting with retailers trying to engage customers.  Yet, God was likely the strategic originator by creating mankind with the ability to procreate.  It could be said that babies are His free gifts to…

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Sleeping Through a Storm

birds in storm

Mark 4:35-41 describes Jesus asleep on a cushion in the stern of a fishing boat when gale winds hit the Sea of Galilee and churned up fearful waves nearly swamping the boat.  He was so exhausted from ministering to thousands that neither the violent pitching of the boat nor the…

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We Can’t Know What We Don’t Know

inquisitive woman

Just when we think we have God figured out, He does the unexpected.  This is what happened in the historical account of Abraham and Lot.  When Abraham was childless, God made a covenant with Abraham that he would be the father of many nations.  One year before Isaac was born,…

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Christmas Wish List

girl with christmas gift

When I was a child, the song, “All I Want for Christmas is My Two Front Teeth” was popular.  While that was me one year in particular, I thought it was hilarious that two front teeth would be the entire list for Santa.  My list always had a lot of…

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Time Out

Parental disciplinary tactics have changed somewhat through the years.  Spanking or paddling was most popular when I was a child.  Speaking to that is the comedic account of corporal punishment employed by one father that elicited fear and respect from all six of his children.  That is contrasted sharply by…

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The Here and Now

statue of woman archer

When Tom and I were first married, we knew a couple who were on fire for God and talked about Him all the time, constantly punctuating their conversation with “praise the Lord!”  We would leave their presence choking for a breath of “normalcy” where life could continue without all the…

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Not Enough

With about a year to go before the primaries in our next national election, potential candidates from both main political parties are throwing their hats into the ring.  Concern over the state of our nation has all eyes on this process, believing the right leadership will make all the difference…

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