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Monday, June 21
THE CHURCH WHERE I WORK is famous for its floor-to-ceiling stained glass windows. My favorite one depicts Jesus as He blessed the children. They range in age from an infant on His lap to an older child sitting in the grass at His feet. One small girl
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Sunday, May 2
I LOVE VISITING NEW PLACES and seeing new things. When I observe different cultures than mine, it widens my perspective. I become more open to contrasting views and choices, and as a result, I learn acceptance. And I delight in trusting Jesus to guid
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Saturday, June 19
TUCKED INTO THE MIRROR FRAME in my bedroom is the only note I ever received from my dad, who is now with Jesus. Dad was not a writer. Nor did he express himself fluently in other ways. But I cherish the words he wrote in his elementary-style script.
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Friday, May 28
A FRIEND FROM HIGH SCHOOL sent an unexpected email. My delight quickly turned to sadness. Her daughter, not yet forty, was battling an aggressive breast cancer and faced another critical round of treatments. My friend was asking for prayer, hoping to
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Thursday, June 3
WHEN MY CHILDREN WERE IN college and weary of school, I’d remind them to “finish strong.” The temptation to coast arose in the final semester. I understood their struggle, because years ago I went through the same impulse. I didn’t think I could face
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Friday, June 4
A FEW MONTHS AGO, I took my daughter and two granddaughters to a paint-your-own-pottery studio. Recently, at a different studio, I had painted a napkin holder, and now I wanted matching salt and pepper shakers. The method I’d used on the napkin holde
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Memorial Day, Monday, May 31
TODAY I SENT A BIRTHDAY card to a man I don’t know. I saw on the Aggie Network that Colonel Tom “Ike” Morris was celebrating his 109th birthday, making him the oldest living Aggie. (An Aggie is a graduate of Texas A&M University.) Aggies, current and
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Saturday, June 5
A COUPLE OF OUR MINISTRY coworkers visited us for five days. During that time, Gene and I took them sailing among the islands dotting British Columbia’s coastline. Houses of all shapes and sizes sit along the shore. Some are multimillion-dollar mansi
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Friday, May 14
MY OLDEST GRANDSON, WESLEY, WAS turning sixteen and our large, rambunctious clan had gathered to celebrate him. Wes ran track, had good grades, played guitar, and was about to get his driver’s license. That last part worried me. Teen drivers often dr
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Thursday, June 17
MY DAD WAS A TORMENTED writer, an alcoholic who shunned religion until his deathbed. His antique desk, intricately carved and inlaid with mother-of-pearl now stands in my living room, a veritable monument to the art of writing. A tarnished old key gr
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Thursday, May 20
MOVING IS NEVER EASY, AND moving to Florida two years ago was extra hard. Apart from the usual stress, it all happened so quickly, leaving little time to process, pack, and plan. I found and made an offer on a house over a weekend, uncertain I was ma
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Friday, June 25
WHEN TRAVELING THE BACKROADS OF North Carolina with a friend, we stopped at historical markers, adding time and enjoyment to the trip. Nearing our destination, we drove past a marker that read, “Pon Pon Chapel of Ease.” We looked at each other. My fr
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Sunday, May 23
ON A LOVELY SPRING DAY, my hubby and I stopped at a local park. Volunteer gardeners who maintain the park were hosting a plant sale. Unlike at a garden center, most of the green seedlings didn’t have photos of what they would grow into. Most had only
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Wednesday, May 26
AS A HIGH SCHOOL FRESHMAN, my oldest granddaughter, Lacey, signed up for theater class and joined the drama club. In the fall, the class began preparing a short play for the regional competition. Lacey decided to try out just to gain auditioning expe
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Tuesday, May 18
WHEN HEALTH ISSUES FORCED ME to give up gardening in my beloved vegetable garden, I mourned. I loved pulling funny-shaped carrots from the soil, loved the smell of tomato plants on my hands, and loved kneeling in the warm earth as I weeded, butterfli
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Sunday, June 13
RAIN BLURRED THE WINDSHIELD AS we drove home. The road was slick; highway traffic, cautious. Suddenly a car zoomed past us and the two trucks ahead. It swerved into our lane and cut off the first truck. Both vehicles stopped abruptly to avoid a colli
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Saturday, May 22
IN MAY 1983, MY HUSBAND, young sons, and I set out for our first visit with our families since moving to the Midwest six months earlier. Unfortunately, our air conditioning stopped working two hours into the trip. I was hot, miserable, and grumpy unt
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Saturday, May 8
TODAY ON MOTHER’S BIRTHDAY, I thank Jesus for the legacy she left with her journals—thirty years’ worth. For months, I couldn’t look at them. Then one day I opened one of them from 1990. Mother and Daddy had both endured cancer, and the entries I rea
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Monday, June 7
RECENTLY, A FRIEND OF MINE experienced an unexpected, life-changing setback. In an instant, her world was flipped upside-down. As she struggled with loss, her family and I helped in small ways, such as walking the dog, visiting her, or simply sitting
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Monday, May 10
IT WAS A TYPICAL MOTHER’S Day for me. As usual, I didn’t get to be around anyone who shares my DNA. The best parts of the day were the phone calls to four different cities that allowed me to talk with my three children and my own mom. I couldn’t help
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Sunday, June 6
OUR FAMILY IS EMBARKING ON a new adventure. After fourteen years of living in California, we are moving to the foothills of Boise, Idaho. This past week, my husband, Scott, a full-time pastor and part-time marketer, accepted a job at a tech company,
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Thursday, May 6
IS HOPE EVER A BAD shopping decision? At a bookstore hours from home, I noticed the word hope in a beautiful script font on the wall, high above the shelves of books and racks of cards and gift items. It was an exact duplicate of a sign I have, but t
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Father’s Day, Sunday, June 20
FATHER’S DAY CAN BE BITTERSWEET for me. I joyfully celebrate my husband’s loving fatherhood, but I sometimes grieve for my own father and the father I didn’t have. My dad was a remarkable man: charming, funny, brilliant, and full of life but also a d
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Saturday, June 26
THIS WEEKEND, I VISITED A new friend at her beachfront home. The tide in the harbor appeared nonexistent, almost as smooth as glass. I relished sitting in her Adirondack chair, peace skimming over me as gently as the water lapping at the seawall. The
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Thursday, May 27
I RECENTLY SAW A DECORATIVE sign with the familiar message “Home Sweet Home.” I smiled. That message carries a whole new meaning since my life became so transient. In the last year, I’ve averaged about only half of each month at home due to ministry
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Monday, June 28
WHEN MY HUSBAND JEFF AND I saw the SOLD sign on the house across the street, we cheered! We’d missed the large, lively family who’d moved away, and we were anxious to meet our new neighbors. When newlyweds Tim and Virginia, along with their big frien
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Thursday, May 13
ONE MORNING MY DAUGHTER, HOLLY, helped my eight-year-old grandson straighten up his room. Later that day, she glanced in Roman’s room and found it a wreck. Several books had been pulled off the shelf; some were turned upside down to mark the spot whe
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Monday, May 3
AS OUR BUS NEARED THE entrance of the orphanage in Uganda, we heard cheering. We rounded the corner to see hundreds of kids shouting and waving at us. They chased our bus yelling, “Muzungu, hi!” (Muzungu means “traveler” in Swahili). The joy of these
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Tuesday, May 11
LIKE MANY WOMEN, HANNAH AGONIZED in prayer for a child. When little Samuel was born, she responded in remarkable ways. She rejoiced, and her beautiful song of praise is recorded in Scripture. She also gave her precious son to God’s service. And she c
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Wednesday, May 12
MY CROSSWORD PUZZLE CLUE WAS “a four-letter word for foul mood.” Ha, that was easy: snit! The perfect word to describe my mood yesterday. You’ve heard the old saying, “A face only a mother could love?” Yesterday I was a person only Jesus could love.
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