Category: Encouragement

Time for a Change

  I once heard a speaker liken her life as a grandmother to water skiing full speed, while she desperately tried to hang on to the rope. I didn’t understand at the time. What could possibly keep a grandmother that busy? Now I understand. This last year has been an especially strange season in my life. John and I live in a travel trailer and sleep in a bedroom in […]

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Why Are We Tempted to Give Up?

We know we need to read the Bible. Many of us may have started out the new year with renewed zeal to read it everyday — maybe even to read the entire Bible by the end of the year. But it’s easy to become discouraged. We read and we don’t know how to apply what we’ve read to our lives. Or we read, and amidst interruptions and distractions, we may not even […]

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God Works in a Mysterious Way

I love this song. I don’t particularly love the challenges and trials it speaks of, but I love what the song says, and I love the God whose smiling face is hiding behind every “frowning providence” we face in life. God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform; He plants His footsteps in the sea And rides upon the storm. Deep in unfathomable mines Of never failing skill […]

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Blinded, but Not Blind

I’ve been blinded, both in the dark and in the light, recently. First, I decided to take the back road home after enjoying a day at my daughter’s house. I’d lingered longer than normal, and left later than I usually do. I contemplated driving the hour-and-a-half trip on the freeway since I wouldn’t be able to see the scenery anyway,  but I decided to stick with the country route. It […]

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Into Another Year

I used to scorn printed Christmas letters — until I had six children. Then I realized that writing one letter and making copies of it was the only way I would ever get a letter written to everyone we wanted to send our love to each year. The first letters were filled with stories of the bizarre and endearing things our kids did and said. Then, as my children became better photographers […]

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30 Days in 1 Samuel 25, Day 29: The Hero of the Story

The story of David, Nabal, and Abigail is quickly coming to a close. First we met the main characters of the story. Then we watched things quickly turn into a crisis when Nabal refuses to help David and David uncharacteristically reacts with plans for murderous revenge. We watched while one lone man turns to Abigail for a solution, and then we observed this remarkable woman move into action and ride […]

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30 Days in 1 Samuel 25, Day 28: Back to Nabal

So what has Nabal been up to all this time — while his wife hurries to save his life? Has he even noticed her absence? While she is gathering food for an army, riding a donkey toward who-knows-what, and appealing to her future king to put aside his murderous plans, what is Nabal doing? He’s getting drunk. The inspired author of this account doesn’t waste much time on Nabal at […]

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30 Days in 1 Samuel 25, Day 25: Abigail’s Encouragement

First food. Then a beautiful woman at his feet. David, sword strapped to his side, stops, listens, and reconsiders. Abigail sees him soften. She keeps on talking and David keeps on listening. In my past readings of this chapter, I’ve always pictured Abigail rushing around gathering food, a bit panicky, and talking fast and a little more high-pitched than normal when she finally meets up with David. Maybe it’s because […]

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30 Days in 1 Samuel 25, Day 8: But

It’s important to pay attention to the little words when we read. Take the word but, for example. This little word is important! We want to always pay attention to what happens on both sides of but! It introduces us to contrasts, to changes of direction, to things we didn’t know about until but suddenly appears. Assignment: Pray before you start, knowing that you will not really understand what you read and […]

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