Dying to Self: The Cost of Discipleship

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I Just re-read these words of Jesus from Matthew 16:24, where “Jesus said to His disciples, “If anyone wishes to come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross, and follow Me.” Short, sweet, and right to the point; no way to miss the meaning here. As I look around online and in my local Christian bookstore I …

Annoyance Alert!

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Most of the time I’m a pretty easy-going person with a positive and friendly attitude. But okay, I admit it; sometimes I get annoyed rather easily. Today happens to be one of those days. I started keeping track of how many times I used the word “annoying” while I was internally evaluating things and people this morning and after three …

The Goodness of God

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I’m sure we’re all very familiar with the account from Genesis 1-3, of Adam and Eve’s creation and fall in the Garden of Eden. Sometimes it’s the most familiar that we tend to overlook, while we’re busy looking for the spectacular. This morning I was reading these very chapters from Genesis and was reminded again of their importance and relevance …

Seeing Is Believing?

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I know you’ve all seen them; those amazing optical illusions. They’re amazing because they trick our eyes into seeing things that aren’t there. In essence, they work by taking advantage of the fact that our human brains love to take shortcuts. Our brains will see one aspect of a whole, focus on that, then fill in the blanks to create …

Could it Be I’ll Win a Starless Crown?

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For weeks now, I’ve had this song swirling around my brain. The lyrics have come, unbidden, to my mind over and over throughout the days and I’ve even found myself softly singing them in public a couple of times, without realizing it. Each time, I catch myself and stop, usually when I notice someone is looking at me very strangely, …

The Puzzle of Life

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I love doing puzzles. Whether they’re logic puzzles, jigsaw puzzles, crossword puzzles, binary puzzles, sudoku puzzles, word puzzles, or cryptogram puzzles, I haven’t met a puzzle yet that I haven’t enjoyed. As far back as I can remember I’ve always looked at things around me as puzzles to solve and I’ve found myself many times wondering how things were made …

The Hefty Price Tag of Peace

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Yesterday our family celebrated Mother’s Day. We had a wonderful time together as we reminded our mothers how special they were to us and it was awesome to hear our kids remind us of the same. As I’ve shared before, I’ve been blessed by God with both a mother and a mother-in-law who are incredible people; they both love and …

May Our Reach Always Exceed Our Grasp!

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Well, I’ve finally done it. I knew this day was going to come but still… I can’t believe it’s finally here. Yes, today I celebrate the Big 6-0. You read that right, today I turn 60 years old. My kids have been telling me for years how old I was but today, finally, I agree with them! As I was …

Who Are Your Heroes?

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Most of us have them. Heroes, that is. If you were to ask the average person on the street who they considered to be a hero, you’d likely get many different responses. Perhaps you’d be told stories of family members who sacrificed to provide a loving and secure home, or of firemen and other rescue workers putting their lives on …

Go Ahead and Laugh!

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When certain things happen you just know it’s going to be a very difficult day: When your sister forgets your birthday… and you’re twins. When your husband is introducing you to a friend from work and temporarily can’t remember your name. When you arrive at work only to have your boss tell you to not waste time taking off your …