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Growing in Faith

What I wish I could say to every teenage girl

This past year has been full of a lot of changes for me. This picture is very reflective of my heart changing process. There has been some great spiritual changes, and some long time coming. My pastor says that “we may impress people with our strengths, but we connect emotionally with our weakness.” So get ready for some…

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Under construction

The bathroom needed a remodel. A window built next to a tub became a window in a shower a long time and that window, wet and rotting, needed to go.  So we pulled the window, ripped the wall apart, filled in the hole and put in a new tub and shower. But there’s something you have to keep in mind when remodeling your home. There’s…

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Back to school means back to basics

Several members of my immediate family serve the public school system in our area.  My wife is a school nurse; my mother-in-law was a school nurse until she retired. I have two daughter-in-laws who are teachers and a son who will soon graduate with a degree in elementary education.  I’ve learned that family members who share a common…

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Joy in your journey home

Avery wrote a Target Haiku. For some reason when he and his mommy go to Target he thinks of me, his Grammy. I don’t know where he got that but I am loving that he does. The miles between us create a distance that our hearts bridge. It’s hard for this little one to be away from his Grammy, just like it is for me. He gets such joy from…

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42 life lessons

Today is my forty-second birthday. Here are 42 things I’ve learned and observed in the last 42 years. Some are more serious than others.   1. Cooking bacon without a shirt on is a bad idea. 2. You must forgive everyone. EVERYONE. 3. You will make some stupid decisions in life. Learn from them. 4. You will meet both wonderful and…

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Church camp mathematics

I think I was about five when I had my first church camp encounter. My mom worked in the kitchen as was part of the food crew, my dad was a counselor and he ran the canteen. The canteen was the hot spot for making new relationships. It was an oasis of the popular and the dreamy. A snack king’s wish, yes, but the place to wait for what the…

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Moral expectations: yours, mine & ours

I recently returned home from my vacation to Colorado, the state in which I was born and raised. On my return home something that dawned on me is just how bad my sense of direction really is. You see, in Colorado it is very easy to tell what direction you are going based on the location of the mountains. If I am in Colorado Springs and I see…

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Grace to respond when opportunity knocks

Jesus did his first miracle at a wedding in Cana of Galilee.  I’m thankful that he did another wedding miracle in my heart recently and I’d like to share it with you. But before I do,  I have a question. Let me ask you.  Have you ever made the mistake of seeing a divine appointment through your human set of eyes instead…

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The secret to life

Life is wearing and makes us weary. Each part of it with work, home, family, church…you name it. It wears us out. I think I have found the secret. Why do we tend to wear the burdens that are supposed to be God’s, those that Scripture refers to as “light and easy”? The secret is that we want to accomplish life’s…

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How do you handle it?

One of my favorite sayings is with much distance comes much resistance. Basically, it means to me that in separating ourselves from tempting things, the distance builds a strong resistance to the source of the temptation. One thing I am finding in this theory is that distance from your temptation can’t be fueled by fear. In…

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