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Sunday, July 12
GROWING UP IN A CHILDREN’S home and foster care left me with bad memories. For years I was haunted by nightmares about abusive caregivers. One night after a bad nightmare, I couldn’t go back to sleep. Jesus, please give me peace, I prayed as I slid c
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Tuesday, July 28
I USED TO DISQUALIFY MYSELF from ministry or job opportunities because of my weaknesses that seemed too glaring, too great. Yes, I disqualified myself. Even when an opportunity came to me or I was assured of my suitability. I’d tell myself that I was
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Thursday, August 13
A FEW YEARS AGO, MY mother requested an iPad, so my siblings and I pitched in to buy her one. With the help of her computer-savvy grandson, she eagerly learned how to use it. My mother retired years ago, and has been out of school even longer, but sh
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Saturday, August 29
LIKE PORTS WORLDWIDE, TAMPA BAY has a carefully charted narrow shipping channel—the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association (NOAA) chartbook leaves no guesswork for a boater, whether a day sailor or a freighter captain. My husband once went sail
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Monday, July 13
PHOTOS ARE PRECIOUS, BUT SOCIAL media has distorted the time-honored tradition of memory making for me. At some point I started to feel as if I were staging my life rather than living it. Getting the family to all look at the camera for a few vacatio
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Wednesday, July 29
WHEN MY ELDEST DAUGHTER, STEPHANIE, was born with hydrocephalus—water on the brain—at a mission hospital in Nepal in 1985, she needed lifesaving surgery, but limited resources meant surgeons couldn’t perform the operation there. As a result, my husba
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Friday, August 14
FOR A YOUNG WOMAN WHO “woke up to Jesus” in my mid- to late-twenties, these words were among the first that really jumped out at me when I started reading the Bible. In my case one thing was clear: following Jesus meant waking up—the opposite of putt
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Sunday, August 30
TWO YEARS AGO, MY HUSBAND bought me an adult tricycle. It’s blue and beautiful. I love it. That first year I rode until the weather turned. Last year, not strong enough to ride, I fought back and joined a gym. I rode a stationary bike, then followed
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Tuesday, July 14
EIGHT MONTHS AGO, OUR FAMILY of five moved from a four-bedroom, two-bath rental home to a nine-hundred-square-foot, two-bedroom, one-bath rental home. It squeezed us in more ways than one. We lost a bathroom in the process, and bathrooms are importan
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Thursday, July 30
WHEN I WAS FOUR YEARS old, I traveled with my church to a youth convention in Texas. We lodged at a Dallas motel with a pool. I was the “baby” in our group. The remaining youth were college students. While my mother read a novel in our motel room, th
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Saturday, August 15
MY HUSBAND AND I STOLE away for a weekend at the coast. Along the way, we stopped at a picnic area above the Columbia River. Below was an island, a teardrop of forested land, punctuated with meadows and small structures. I was intrigued. On a whim, w
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Monday, August 31
I REMEMBER A PARTICULAR WEEK when people close to me were either moving up, moving out, or moving on. My son was moving up to college. Our neighbors—a married couple with five girls—were moving out of their apartment. And a friend confided to me that
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Wednesday, July 15
THIS SPRING, I MADE A new friend, Steven Batchelor, at one of my workshops. After class he told me about his ongoing fight with cancer and went on to mention a book he’d written called Don’t Miss Love. Sadly he passed away shortly thereafter. As I r
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Friday, July 31
IN ONE MORE MONTH, I will be at a new school. I will have to learn new names and new surroundings and face new challenges. It’s an opportunity for me to start over with a new attitude to help affect positive change. A part of me is anxious because of
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Sunday, August 16
MY THIRTEEN-YEAR-OLD SON, PIERCE, PLAYS baseball (among other sports), and now this nonathlete, writer mom is enriching her writing with lots of handy sports metaphors. In baseball, the umpire is in charge. He’s the all-powerful referee. He starts an
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Mornings with Jesus
A GUIDEPOSTS PUBLICATION EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Edward Grinnan EXECUTIVE EDITOR Rick Hamlin MORNINGS WITH JESUS EDITOR Janet Talbert CONTRIBUTING EDITORS Susanna Foth Aughtmon, Elizabeth DeGear, Tracy Eldridge, Gwen Ford Faulkenberry, Grace Fox, Heidi
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A Note From The Editor
RECENTLY I WAS LISTENING to the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well, and I was surprised to hear in it a message about prayer, something I’d never considered before. As you will remember, Jesus is passing through Samaria. Tired from Hi
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Thursday, July 16
ONE AFTERNOON, MY HUSBAND ATTACHED our new license plates to the backs of our vehicles. I joked about ordering a custom plate containing some profound words for the front end of my car. “Well, I’ll probably put Live, Love, Laugh on mine,” he said. Ri
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Saturday, August 1
IN 1997, MY HUSBAND AND I playfully discussed the possibility of living on a sailboat someday. That conversation turned serious in August 2017, when we both sensed Jesus say, Now’s the time to act. We knew this would be a significant transition. We a
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Monday, August 17
THIS PAST WEEKEND I VISITED a town in northwest Arkansas where one of my best friends lives. She invited my girls and me to join her at her house on Beaver Lake, where we rode on her boat, swam, and relaxed. As we always do, we reminisced about the y
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Wednesday, July 1
THIS SUMMER I VACATIONED WITH my family to South Dakota’s Black Hills and the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. We drove our RV and ended up having a great time, but the first few days were rough for me. I struggled to stay in the moment and appreciate wh
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Friday, July 17
“THE HALIBUT, PLEASE.” I FOLDED the menu shut and smiled at the server. My husband and I sat at a small table at an outdoor café in Mexico. “I’m sorry, we’re out of halibut tonight.” The waiter glanced downward before handing the menu back to me. I b
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Sunday, August 2
PREPARING TO MOVE ABOARD A sailboat meant purging nearly all our earthly belongings. The only other option was to rent a storage unit nearby, but that seemed like unwise stewardship. “It’s cheaper to replace those belongings when we return to shore t
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Tuesday, August 18
I LOVE TO TRAVEL, BY myself or with my family. This summer, my husband and our two grown children took a twelve-hour overnight bus trip to reach a mountain tourist destination. After enjoying our time there, we left for another city, but this time we
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Thursday, July 2
I GLANCED AT THE DOOR of the bank, eager to step inside so I could make a bank transaction before the end of the day. Then I saw a gray-haired man, wobbling and straining to reach for something firm to hold on to as he made his way unsteadily toward
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Saturday, July 18
JUDY HAD NOT SPOKEN TO her sister in thirty years. One night as she added the usual “Bless Mary Beth” to her prayers, she sensed a clear message: That’s not good enough. You need to go ask her for forgiveness. Judy felt shocked. “Ask her for forgiven
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Monday, August 3
MOVING ONTO A SAILBOAT HAD many ramifications. Besides having us purge our possessions and planting us in a new environment, it meant no longer having space to host all our kids and grandchildren overnight. Family time brings me great joy, so that re
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Wednesday, August 19
WHENEVER I FEEL INADEQUATE OR feel I don’t have the ability to accomplish something, I remember a lady I once met when I applied for a job. She was the receptionist and her desk was located behind a wall with a sliding glass window. When I tapped on
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Friday, July 3
THIS MORNING AT 2:00 A.M. my husband and daughter climbed into the rented moving truck and set out for Nashville. My girl is moving across the country for a job with a company she loves. I’m thrilled for her opportunity and her courage. But here’s th
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Sunday, July 19
ALONG WITH JAMES AND JOHN, Peter received a special revelation. Jesus briefly revealed His glory to these three disciples on a mountaintop, His clothing and face glowed with a supernatural brightness. Suddenly the two greatest Old Testament prophets
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