Category Archives: Christian Life

Real Christianity or an Artificial Attempt

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If you water, fertilize and fuss over an artificial plant, will it grow?  Of course not.  It will never change for the better.  In fact, all that attention would probably convert an attractive silk flower arrangement into a mess. Real plants grow, and … Continue reading

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Sadness and Joy

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Do you resist feeling sad?  When you’re feeling a little blue, do you feel sad about being sad?  Sometimes feeling sad is the only way to feel.  When facing the loss of a loved one or serious personal upheaval it is impossible to resist feeling sad.  Other … Continue reading

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Stand Up and Pray a Desperate Prayer

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Have you ever felt powerless enough to pray a desperate prayer?  There are situations that are completely beyond my power or capacity to solve.  When I had cancer I had good medical care, but in the end I could only pray.  I prayed similarly when I … Continue reading

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Are You Rightly Understanding Jesus?

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My son-in-law is from Brazil, therefore English is his second language and he doesn’t always understand our idioms.  At a family birthday party recently a family member said to him, speaking of his one-year-old son who had not managed a … Continue reading

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Wine, Weddings and Encouragement for the Stressed

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My husband and I attended  a wedding over the weekend, and we met a woman who bought a winery and has taught herself how to grow flavorful grapes.  Impressive, considering my house plants die due to neglect.  No wine making for me. Listening … Continue reading

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Truth for Monday through Saturday

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How much of what we learn at church on Sunday morning makes it into our lives Monday through Saturday? I attend church, of course, sing songs of worship, diligently take notes on a usually excellent teaching, and visit with fellow attenders.  As it should … Continue reading

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10 Keys for Effective Parenting

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What do you imagine when you think of parenting books?  I devoured a bunch of them back in my child-rearing days, and they all left me feeling somewhat inadequate.  They influenced me positively, I’m sure, but when reading chapter after chapter of solid techniques … Continue reading

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Cheer up!

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What cheers you up?  A beautiful day, a good night’s sleep, an evening spent with people you love, or a restful vacation? These are wonderful gifts, and they never fail to cheer me up. “Cheer up” isn’t the first expression that comes to mind … Continue reading

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When is it OK to Argue?

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This blog has never carried a controversial tone.  I have intentionally stayed away from topics that might generate a nasty comment thread and not because I am afraid of vigorous debate.  (Ok, I admit I’m not terribly thick-skinned, but I do have … Continue reading

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The Gift of Tears

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Tuesday was an emotional day for me at Community Bible Study. I am taking a new role in CBS, that of Area Director, and therefore will not be able to serve as Teaching Director for my class any more.  Sniff.  Tuesday was my last teaching, … Continue reading

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