chained fence

My husband and I grew up in a small town where everybody knew everybody, the vast majority of people were Christians, and most neighbors never locked their doors.  The combination of those conditions saw people practicing hospitality with those who would just “pop in,” and demonstrating consideration by not “popping in” too often or at…

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For the Lord delights in his people;     he crowns the humble with victory. 5 Let the faithful rejoice that he honors them.     Let them sing for joy as they lie on their beds. 6 Let the praises of God be in their mouths,     and a sharp sword in their hands—              Psalm 149:4-6 This past year has held significant disappointment…

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I grew up in the mountains of southwest Virginia where it was fairly common to have snow for Christmas.  My most wonderful memories are not of falling snow, but taking “nature hikes” in the moonlight after a satisfying meal of leftovers.  Whether the sky was clear and dark, or whether it was accented by puffy…

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meal

Many of us have experienced surprising joy by simply adopting an attitude of being thankful. While it is more natural to have an initial “screaming meemies” response to difficulties, navigating to the other side of the issue generally elicits relief and gratefulness. That was where the Pilgrims found themselves after a devastating first year in…

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My father and my husband’s father were part of what was known as “the greatest generation.” Both served our country during World War II, practiced sacrificial devotion to their families, and were men of quiet strength and tremendous integrity. They were men of moral character that was reinforced through their actions. Even though they lived…

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Taking a “step of faith” without knowing what comes next is one of the most challenging things we do as Christ-followers. I’ve known people who have sold their possessions to move with small children to foreign countries without having return tickets. I’ve seen others give away valuables when they needed the resource themselves. The Bible…

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baby chick

Henny Penny is a character from an English fairy tale that we know better as Chicken Little. This little chick gets hit on the head by a falling acorn, and mistakenly believes that a piece of sky has fallen.  The disintegration of the sky is extraordinarily alarming – not to mention dangerous – so in…

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Fear is a many-tentacled monster that slithers its way into almost everything – very often, without being detected.  Most of us are good at recognizing common, more obvious fears, such as phobias and life- or health-threatening situations.  But we might fail to see that our angst behind which party wins the election, or managing family/work/school…

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