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Ever had the experience of wishing you were just … a little bit different you? Maybe a thousand or so various times in your life? Then in that respect, you are like a lot of people. Because that is...

 

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Years ago, as elementary students at a tiny country school, our bus driver took us to school in his huge station wagon. That meant we kids got to talk with him for an entire hour – both ways. Good-n...

 

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The holiday fun and games were over, and we were ready to fly home. But a middle of the night message informed us our flight was cancelled, and we had to rebook. And we suddenly became birds without...

 

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Were you one of us who made yourself a promise or a vow for the New Year? And then look up, and it is six days into 2023 and you’ve already blown it? Or maybe, you’re one of those people who know...

 

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Nowadays, identifying with a gender – and deciding to be that gender – rapidly seems to be becoming the norm. Some parents have decided, and actually encourage very impressionable young Juniors...

 

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Okay, let’s just accept it. Christmastime is a confusing mixture of Bible stories, family traditions, myths, and fun Santa Claus tales, especially for kids like little Luke. The six-year-old boy...

 

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There is a popular TV show that had a character named Ziva David for quite a while. From Israel, and having learned English along with many other languages, she was often confused by our American...

 

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Houston, we have a problem – over-promising and then under-delivering. And I am not just referring to our government which, to my politically uneducated yet fairly logical mind, is definitely not...

 

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For many folks, it’s that dreaded time again – the Christmas holiday dinner with the extended family. It’s the event that causes you to have to make a choice. A choice between seeing Mom’s hap...

 

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Honestly guys, how much sense does dodging shadows make? Can shadows themselves inflict harm? Nope, and in the respect of inflicting actual harm, shadows are just like fear. Fear can make you dread an...

 

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While out walking we met, greeted, and walked on past a lady who suddenly tripped over the little dog scampering at her feet ... causing her to fall face first on the hard street surface. Hearing the...

 

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“I hate this, I don’t want to have to go through this!” Don’t blame you for feeling that. But sometimes, maybe you need ‘this.’ Maybe, it’s going to prepare you for something that is...

 

Coffeetime

Oh, go ahead and go for it. Depend on someone else to make you feel worthy, important and likable. Hang on to their every word and gesture as indications of whether, or not, you deserve to take anothe...

 

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We had been traveling non-stop for three straight weeks. It had been one different bed after another – and Renie is simply not someone who deals well with that scenario. Even though the work trip...

 

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Growing up in a large family, with very little income, usually doesn’t create a kid who is spoiled by having all the finer things in life. In fact, sometimes it can mean that a child lives without...

 

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A few years ago, we had a guest preacher in our church one Sunday morning. Several of his congregants also were there in support of their beloved pastor. In the middle of his sermon, suddenly one of...

 

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The young husband meant it when he told her, “We will, I promise. We’ll go. But honey, right now is a really bad time. The farm needs so much money put into it, we just can’t go right now. But I...

 

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Saw a movie this summer titled “Mrs. Harris Goes to Paris.” If you have already seen this film, then you know its premise. If not, then never fear, I don’t intend to spoil it for you by...

 

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As a student did you ever use this one? “But, teacher, I promise, my dog ate my homework!” Or telling your mom, “I didn’t think we should, but she made me!” Or just the plain old standby tha...

 

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Renie wanted a gorgeous new flower garden. So she spent some time picking the brain of a college educated agriculturalist, a man who had spent years as a high school teacher in that field. Plus for th...

 

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By seven in the morning, we are usually out for our daily walk. One day we were about halfway through our route, walking on the sidewalk of a lovely tree-lined neighborhood. As we approached the next...

 

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Everybody has heard that cliché. I am saying something a little different. Don’t use all those eggs in your basket just for you – using your gifts and abilities only for your needs and wants....

 

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Mrs. Johnson took her little boy with her when she stopped by her neighbor’s home to deliver a casserole for the grieving widow. Mr. Cline had died suddenly and the community was rallying to aid...

 

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The boy sure had learned some choice words, no doubt about it. In the school room, on the playground, and at home, he kept getting into trouble on a regular basis for his rather colorful way of...

 

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The man had a heart attack. His cardiologist then told him he had to walk at least 45 minutes daily for the rest of his life. So off he went, just like the mailman – rain, sleet, snow, or burning...

 

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