Category Archives: Encouragement

Six Different Kinds of Disobedience (and the Root Problem)

My wife and I are launching on a new Bible study. We’ve often tried to read through the Bible from beginning to end in a year (sometimes we make it, sometimes we don’t), but this time we’re reading through the … Continue reading

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The Rock That Doesn’t Move

I get to go to the beach next week. I get to sit and read books. And maybe once in awhile I’ll get up and go for a walk. And when I’m not doing that, I’ll just sit and watch … Continue reading

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In the Furnace

Who of us doesn’t know someone who is suffering deeply? Who has lived a life free from trials and pain? We surrounded by pain and suffering.  I thought about this fact while my husband and I enjoyed a few days … Continue reading

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Lessons from a Honeybee

I always have to keep my eye out for bumblebees when I pick flowers in the garden. Sometimes a hard-working little fella doesn’t make it home before bedtime, and he sets up camp on the colorful cushion of a zinnia … Continue reading

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A Prayer for Our Children — and Ourselves

I wish I had noticed more fully a prayer of Paul’s while we were raising our six children. I would have memorized it. I would have prayed it — every day.  I can still pray it — for my adult … Continue reading

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Leading by Example

I was recently trying to decide what to talk about for a devotional at the bridal shower. The bride works for one of my favorite grocery stores. Perhaps you’re fortunate enough to live near one of the 418 Trader Joe’s … Continue reading

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Too Fast.

Do you have little children — you know, those charming, unpredictable, exhausting little ones that always lead people to say, “Oh, they grow up so fast. Enjoy these days while you can”? I remember sweet white-haired ladies and elderly gentlemen … Continue reading

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Less Is More.

I’ve had a garden every summer for the past thirty-five years. It’s generous to call some years’ efforts a garden. Different years meant different babies newly arrived or still in the works during garden seasons. Babies were born in April, May, … Continue reading

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Feeling Stuck

I hear a child’s frustrated crying in the kitchen. I go to investigate, and I find my 2-year-old son pushing with all his might against a chair, angry that it’s not moving. He has plans, but something has gone wrong. … Continue reading

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Prayer Makes Things Happen

“The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much” (James 5:16, NASB). Do I really believe this verse? If I do, why don’t I pray more? Our sermon on Sunday was on prayer. I came away challenged to make prayer the first thing I do: – When I get up … Continue reading

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