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With All My Soul

While young, I wasn’t a fan of fishing. Probably because of the wiggly worms and the hooks that stuck in my foot more times than in the mouth of fish. But I loved Daddy, and he liked to fish. My father, Edward, insisted I bait my own hook. “Can’t catch a fish if you can’t bait your own hook,” he’d tell me. After several attempts and words of encouragement from him, I’d finally manage to get a few slips of the hook through the worm. Then, with the pole in hand, I’d head to the water’s edge. A few mishaps …

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With All Your Mind

My grandson, Zakery, has an uncanny ability to draw you into a conversation and build a visual world inside you that is much different than the one you’re actually in. One day, while he was still in preschool, he went with my husband and me to the barber shop. It was a small block building that set just off the highway. A cluster of trees was behind it. He said, “There’s a bear in them thar woods.” “There is?” “Yes. And it’s gonna come out to scare us.” He thrust his chest out and bared his paws. “And then it’s …

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With All Your Strength

Our grandchildren, Ryan and Emercyn, were born thirteen hours apart. I wasn’t able to make it to both birth celebrations, but my husband did. Larry’s scramble from one hospital to the other, one hundred thirty miles away, showed his sincere desire to welcome them into the world. The challenge to be with each baby seemed to set a precedent. The two children battle for his attention. Fascinated, we’d watch the babies as one crawler would immediately notice if the other climbed onto Pepa’s lap. As fast as their little body could move, the youngster would wriggle across the room to …

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Embrace It

A lovely bowl graces the table; filled with chunks of Gala apples tossed in a crisp Waldorf salad. Next to it sets a hot Granny apple pie waiting to be sliced. Rich caramel coated Jonathan apples pierced with a stick and rolled in nuts line the counter next to the stove where a pan of blended Baldwin and Winesap apples simmers, filling the room with a mouthwatering aroma. Chosen from the harvest for their strong core, seed, flesh, and stem, each unique apple variety bursts with flavor and the combined results is a lavish banquet. Just as God intended. “And …

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Love Never Fails

1 Corinthians 13:1-13  “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It …

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Love Is Patient

“If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist …

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Love Does Not Rejoice in Evil

1 Corinthians 13: 1-13      “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or …

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Love Is Faithful

 1 Corinthians 13: 1-13 “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing.  If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. …

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Faith, Hope and Love

1 Corinthians 13: 1-13 “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned, but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. …

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What Is Love?

1 Corinthians 13:1-13 “If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal.  And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but have not love, I am nothing. If I give away all I have, and if I deliver up my body to be burned,[a] but have not love, I gain nothing. Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It …

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The Word is Kindness

Last year in January, I hopped on the whole “yearly word” bandwagon and I have to say- I’m thinking it was a good idea. I’m a very visual person so having 1 word plastered around the house that reflects an attribute I hope to improve on this year, has made it easier for me to keep it at the forefront of my thoughts. In order to come up with the word, I started by reflecting on the previous year and my interactions with my family. My conclusion was that I needed to take a big step in the kindness department… …

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Family Ties

Did you know that not every woman likes their mother-in-law? WHAT?!!?!?!?! As shocking as it is- it’s true! Many mother and daughters-in-law fuss, fight, and argue constantly! I’m sure within different families there are tons of various reasons why this might be the case, and unfortunately the finger- pointed in blame- would be aimed in many different directions. Family ties are not that easy to maintain when people do not see eye-to-eye. If you happen to love your mother-in-law GREAT! Me Too! If not, just pretend for a bit… things will just go smoother here if you do. I believe …