Category Archives: Faith

Why Do We Struggle to Rest?

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Rest is necessary and important physically, emotionally, and spiritually. We know that’s true. We know we need rest. Yet, we continue to resist rest. Why? The fourth commandment directs us to observe the Sabbath, to rest one day a week. … Continue reading

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Beautiful Grace

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Our daughter once told us of a friend who felt that God was punishing her for disobeying him many years ago, and my dad and I both said, at the same time, God doesn’t work that way. I’m grateful that … Continue reading

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In Your Trials, Trust God

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A cancer diagnosis took me completely by surprise 12 years ago. I was perfectly healthy and had no risk factors. I was processing my questions with a mature Christian friend when she said, “It’s almost a compliment, don’t you think?” She was saying that … Continue reading

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What Does It Mean to Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness?

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Hunger and thirst are frequent human urges. It’s immensely satisfying to eat a meal when starving or to drink of water when parched. Hunger is often used to convey a consuming desire, like a young and inexperienced sports team hungry for a win, or an individual … Continue reading

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Three Steps to Follow Jesus when Making Tough Decisions

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We all follow leaders. The question is, who’s leading? Most of us follow some combination of our peers, people we admire, advertising, media outlets, and most importantly for Christians, Jesus. As a Christian, my desire is to follow Jesus more … Continue reading

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Dare to Hope

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Have you ever stifled your hopes to avoid disappointment?  Me too. A lifetime of being a Chicago Cubs fan has taught me not to get my hopes up.  When I was a kid I watched or listened to every game possible, … Continue reading

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Rest First; Work Later

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When all of my work is finished for the day, or when my brain is kaput, I give myself permission to read a novel or to watch a little television.  I’m afraid that if I let myself relax earlier, well, nothing would get … Continue reading

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How Strong is Your Vocabulary?

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How strong is your vocabulary?  (Click here to find out.)  A robust vocabulary can be an advantage in life, or at least it is in Scrabble or Words with Friends.  Some people enrich their words by doing crossword puzzles, others by learning a … Continue reading

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God-Maps and Google-Maps

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Most of us embark on a journey with a clear destination in mind. My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed taking our three children on family vacations.  With few exceptions, summer featured a trip to the beach and/or a visit to a family member … Continue reading

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When I Don’t Get What I Want

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Sometimes, even fairly often, God doesn’t do what I ask him to do.  Circumstances do not always play out like I had prayed they would.  Shocking, I know. Then what?  As I see it, I have two choices: Whine and … Continue reading

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