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Go To The Source

    We were on the hunt for a certain type of shrub over the weekend. I’ve been looking for a while. We checked at a giant home store chain while we were in Hot Springs. They didn’t have it, nor did they seem to know what we were talking about. We decided to call around instead of going from place to place. The first place I called was a delight. The woman on the phone responded with, “Do we!” And she laughed. When we arrived, sure enough, she had a lot of those plants, and a variety as well. …

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Do You Know Where To Go For Healing?

This morning I remember when I had stitches as a little girl. I loved throwing a penny in the fountain at the entrance to the hospital. I am so thankful that my parents knew where to take me for treatment. I didn’t know, but they did. I also didn’t know that years later my hubby and I would be at the same hospital for the births of two of our children. Oh beloved, you have to know where to go for healing. You have to learn the route so that when you are wounded you don’t waste time trying to …

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Fear Not

I panicked. I was probably 5 years old. I had spent the afternoon with teenager sisters who lived right down the lane from my aunt and uncle. It was growing dark and so I needed to get back to the aunt and uncle’s house. The girls decided it would be fun to scare me. So they told me a ferocious boogeyman was between their house and my destination. As I began walking down that lane with woods on both sides of me I knew I could hear something. I picked up my pace and began to run as fast as …

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Courage Resilience and Transformation

So one of our daughters recently had a birthday. One of her gifts was a sewing machine. She’s never sewn so we went together to get a pattern and material. There were extra items needed as well, including straight pens and elastic. It amazed me that there was not a single bit of elastic to be found. Until I remembered that many people have been making masks at home. When will we be able to buy elastic for everyday use again? For now it’s find it in your own storehouse of stuff or go without. Oh beloved, God speaks to …

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Play Fair and Accept When You Are Wrong

While playing cards and dominoes with a daughter and grandson, I found myself wanting to help the grandson win. He missed a turn on the dominoes game that would have given him big points. I was more than willing for him to take back the one domino and replace it with another. However, his mom said he had already had his turn. Of course she was right. I don’t like them getting in trouble either and I’ll do whatever I can to avoid that. Fortunately these parents are teaching their kids the same way we taught ours – play fair …

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Put Off Desperation Put On Praise

As I sit here this morning I look at my desktop wallpaper. I am reminded that it is a photo of what I would like to have. A screen porch with comfy chairs looking out onto a wooded back yard. It’s an idyllic setting to me. It’s not my screen porch but it’s certainly my dream porch. Oh beloved, what are you waking up to this morning? Unrest and insecurity? Looking for your idyllic setting? Wishing you were elsewhere? Wishing things were different? Wondering what happened to your peace in your own place of beauty? God speaks this morning to …

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God’s Calling His Church

Well they have pea graveled the main highway between our house and town. I know it’s called chip and seal now, but it’s still a very difficult road to be on. Unfortunately we will be going on different roads to avoid the mess for a while. Fortunately we have a different road available. Oh beloved, God speaks to our hearts. There are going to be times when the road you have traveled forever will need to be avoided. This season is one of those times. God is calling us to take a different route. He isn’t messing up our lives. …

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Don’t Live Looking Back

We made a quick trip to my husband’s childhood stomping grounds. Unfortunately it’s another family funeral. But as always along the way there are highlights of his youth and we talk about special places like the first place he killed a deer. Then there’s Ranger Hill. Always fun because it’s like a wind tunnel with signs to warn the driver of the current. Except they are now in the process of cutting back the grade of that hilly climb. It’s for safety but another childhood spot will be just a memory. Oh beloved, it’s a good thing we don’t have …

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Keeping Watch

We are pretty sure we have a thief who is waiting until dark to steal from us. Several mornings we’ve gone to the back deck to look for birds to find that the big bird feeder has been ransacked. Emptied of its contents meant for birds, we haven’t been able to find out for sure who it is doing the deed. But most likely it’s raccoons. Whatever it is, we are not amused. Danny nor I want to fill that bird feeder up every morning nor do we want to have to take it down every night. Keeping watch is …

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Lost and Found

While at In-service one of my friends found a wedding ring on the counter in one of the bathrooms. She turned it in at the office but they never made an announcement that a ring was waiting for the finder. Lost and found is a great place to go when you aren’t able to find your missing trinket of any kind. Technically it’s no longer lost if it’s been found by someone. But the owner still needs to retrieve it. Then truly the lost item will be found. Oh beloved, when you were lost God retrieved you as most priceless. …

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Partnering with Heaven

As Danny leaves the house each work morning I always stand on the porch and wave bye. Personally, I’d like for him to head to work in a brand new truck. He doesn’t want that. He loves the truck he has. He’s not just fine with it, he wants the truck he has. Oh beloved, sometimes we want things for people that they don’t even want. We may even spin our own wheels trying to make it happen for them. We want to see change. We want improvement. We want more for them. God wants you to know this morning …

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In the Lord

  At Stella’s recent birthday party, one of our daughter’s friends was relating a story about the field trip Stella’s class took on Friday. It was the end of the trip just before they would head home. Two of Stella’s friends were in a friendly competition to see who could eat their ice cream first. And Stella entered in with “I am SO gonna be LAST!” She was smiling her huge smile and didn’t care a bit. During the party as she opened all her presents, she kept that infectious joy going with excitement about every present. She’s one joyful …