Honoring an Honorable Man

I remember it as if it were yesterday. We were told to wear white blouses and shirts for the event and to “sing out.” Arriving early, I perched myself in an aisle seat in order to enjoy a clear view of the stage. This was the night that my father had spent so many months […]

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So Many Words

Sometimes I just need to sit quietly and listen. My days are often filled with writing—emails, letters, class notes, lessons, lists—with little time left for quality, undisturbed, focused listening. So yesterday I made a concentrated effort to listen by limiting my talking, which is naturally a prerequisite, and thinking hard about what I was hearing. […]

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Tracking My Heart

I received a fitness watch for my birthday, the kind with lots of embedded programs, monitors, flashing lights, alarms, and who knows what else. Basically, I’m interested in the pedometer feature that continually counts my steps. I’m one of those 10,000-steps-a-day people, combining some running, walking, stairs, and maybe even a little biking on occasion. […]

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Dipping into the Community Pool: January 20

We’re very happy today to share some great articles with you.  Every one of them is rich in wisdom.  If you have children, don’t miss the last entry regarding David Murray’s new book to assist children in their reading of the Bible.  He has put his heart into this and is following it up with […]

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A Full Plate

Over the holidays, we received an advertisement from Olive Garden on our phones. This one immediately grabbed my attention: “May your life be as full as your plate.” I wonder who thought that one up. Most of us probably know more than we care to admit about full plates, especially after all the recent celebrating […]

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Lugging Around Our Push Carts

Do you ever look at another person and wish you could exchange lives? Maybe they’re better looking, or richer, or thinner, or taller, or shorter, or maybe they just seem to have it all together. The desire to walk in another person’s shoes often has a catalyst—trials, fears, failures, and a host of other things […]

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Dipping into the Community Pool: January 6

Hope your new year is going well and your home is staying warm.  Below you will find a nice mix of articles from around the web to peruse this weekend.   I Could’t Call God Father An Iranian woman’s journey of faith. “I used to hate the word “Father,” but today I worship God the […]

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Flying Ice and Moonlit Nights

Life is like a snowball. A flying ball of ice smacks you in the side of the head, and as you snap in the direction of its origin, splat! Another one hits you right between the eyes. But life is also like a peaceful Mediterranean cruise, with soft morning breezes and moonlit nights. As you […]

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Dipping into the Community Pool: December 30

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas.  We’ve been enjoying some extra time with family and friends, talking about 2017, celebrating birthdays, and thinking about the new year to come.  As usual, you will find an eclectic mix of articles below, ranging from China to your old iPhone. 3 things you should know about religious freedom […]

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Advent: Good News of Great Joy

Would your family and friends describe you as one of the most joyful people they know? I’m not so sure mine would, but I’d certainly like to be described that way. The word “joy” can be seen and heard everywhere around the Christmas holidays—glued to Christmas plaques, sung in Christmas carols, gracing Christmas cards, blinking […]

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