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Why so many 'thou shalt nots?

Does it seem to you that God is always saying “No” or “Don’t do that” or “Thou shalt not”? If you think that, you are not alone. Many people feel the same way. Seems as if all He wants...

 

Your heart's a liar

If you are in the habit of consulting only yourself, trusting your own instincts and believing that you will know in your heart what to do when the time comes, then you have a big problem. In Proverbs...

 

Deliberately stomped on? Learn to laugh

You probably woke that fateful morning, assuming everything would probably run along on the accustomed track. Never dreaming – or nightmaring – that particular day would be so much different than...

 

Never, never, never give up

Have you ever watched a volleyball game and witnessed an entire team suddenly duck under the net and join the other team? Gasping for a breath of hope that isn’t there, they had finally thrown up...

 

The opposing thumb guy

Take a good look. It’s always there, part of a healthy, whole hand. Hold up your hand and you’ll see it – the one digit that is pointing the opposite of the other four fingers every time. Oh...

 

Bad memories have a long shelf life

Have you ever had a bad day, when everything you touched just soured? Sure, we all have had those kinds of days, nothing new to any of us. And when you had one, didn’t you find that it was...

 

Asking, assuming or demanding

This is a gripe taken from the lips of one frustrated lady who was recently overheard in a public place. “I had the family holiday dinner at my house last week, just like I have for years. My...

 

A little girl named Hope

Grandma lay in the hospital bed, a shadow of the vital, energetic woman she had been just a year ago. Her strong hands that were endlessly involved in her family’s life, providing, comforting, and...

 

The heartache season

It’s arrived – the Holiday of holidays for many, the month-long season of excitement, fun and anticipation. But there is another perspective on the Christmas season, and it’s not one of joy and...

 

Just flappin' his gums

The old man is sitting on his front porch is his favorite rocking chair and talking to his freshly minted 21-year-old grandson – attempting to encourage him to think things over clearly before decid...

 

Mom's cantaloupey boyfriend test

Mom and her teen-age daughter were grocery shopping together, preparing for the family dinner on Friday night. The family always enjoyed fresh fruits, so before paying out at the cash register, they...

 

Don't put flowers on their grave

Here’s what happens so often. A person becomes an adult, marries, has children, grows ill or old, and dies. Then the family of the deceased comes together to grieve, and to then plan the funeral....

 

CoffeeTime

It’s a faraway country, a poverty-stricken area with hard-working citizens, who don’t have much chance to see things change for the better. My hero rides his Honda into their part of his world...

 

Ungrateful people are losers

It seems like I am noticing a trend – and not a healthy one. As a whole, our nation is losing the ability to pronounce some words. In fact, people seem to have forgotten some words exist in the...

 

Fame and fortune can be expensive

The young lady had gigantic dreams. Visions of becoming a movie star filled her daydreams constantly. From the very first movie she saw as a child, she was entranced as the female lead lit up the big...

 

The anti-anxiety med that works

There are lots of medications out there to fix problems. And a lot of them are aimed directly at anxiety. Am I here to poke fun at people for feeling anxiety? To tell you that it is your problem and...

 

Sipping a sewer water slushee

What is a Sewer Water Slushee? Put any of your favorite fresh fruits into the blender. Add a bit of vanilla or cinnamon. Then pour in a splash of your favorite milk and some sparkling clean ice...

 

Dirt swept under the rug is still dirt

In our country there are entire families who will suffer through a severe issue that eventually severs family relationships for many years. Eventually, someone might tentatively extend an olive...

 

Courage in a crumbling culture

No credit taken for this column’s title today. Before it hit File Thirteen, I read it on the front of a magazine that was promoting one of the articles inside and it stuck with me. Courage in a...

 

Lonely and hurting

She finally looked up from her computer and stretched her neck after several hours of working nonstop. As she glanced around the room, she noticed the blinds were still open on the window of her home...

 

God-fearing people lie perfectly

Don’t kid yourself. It’s not just criminals attempting to escape punishment. It’s not just a teenager who missed curfew and is coming up with excuses. Not just the employee who walks in the door...

 

Families falling apart

Generation Z – young adults that older generations have a difficult time understanding. And a generation that, in turn, holds a lot of contempt for the lifestyles of generations before them....

 

Fear, dismay or plain panic

Ever sit around and wonder ‘Just what is the difference between fear, dismay or panic?’ Well, now that you have brought up the subject, let me give you my illustration of the differences. Fear...

 

Coffeetime

Jim and Nick had been neighbors for years. Not necessarily close friends who knew each other’s daily habits and dislikes, but friendly enough – except when Jim did something that got under the ski...

 

50 plus 50 can equal zero

The young lady had fallen in love. Radiant with happiness, she absolutely glowed like a softly lit Christmas tree. The young man she loved so deeply had recently admitted he felt the same. She...

 

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