Strengthened by the Weight

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Strengthened by the Weight by Dr. Katherine Hutchinson-Hayes   “If you are tired from carrying heavy burdens, come to me and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28, CEV).   I have two daughters who ran track throughout high school. The youngest continues to run as a collegiate athlete. She […]

One Tough Cookie

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One Tough Cookie by Diana C. Derringer   “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances” (Philippians 4:11, NIV).   As part of a friendship family to international university students, I became the unofficial interpreter for my husband’s frequent use of slang, idioms, and other unusual expressions. When students […]

Writing from the Closet

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Writing from the Closet by Jan Powell   “But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly” (Matthew 6:6, NIV).   Consistent secret prayer is commanded and […]

Message of Peace

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Message of Peace by Tina Yeager   “Mary Magdalene went to the disciples with the news: ‘I have seen the Lord!’ … On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and […]

Just One More

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Just One More by Kathy Davis   “’How many loaves do you have?’ Jesus asked” (Mark 8:5, NIV).   After I wrote a faith-based article for my sorority’s newsletter, the editor asked me to share my experience with the “fruit of the Spirit” mentioned in Galatians 5:22-23. I agreed. I […]

Nature’s Lesson

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Nature’s Lesson by Delana Taylor   “But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does […]

Fresh Starts

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Fresh Starts by Jan Powell   “You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to […]

Doorkeepers

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Doorkeepers by Tina Yeager   “I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of the wicked” (Psalm 84:10, NIV).   Dead leaves pollute my front stoop. I’ve lost concern over the buried mat in this season of rare visitors. As uninviting […]

He’s Doing a New Thing

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He’s Doing a New Thing by Kat Silverglate   “Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?” (Isaiah 43:19, ESV).   The restoration of an inner palace courtyard was underway in Portugal.  Docents guided us from the lowest floor in a spiral […]

Tears in a Bottle

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Tears in a Bottle by Sharron Cosby   “You have seen me tossing and turning through the night. You have collected all my tears and preserved them in your bottle! You have recorded every one in your book” (Psalm 56:8, TLB).   Many nights I tossed and turned, worrying about […]