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Fillet My Soul

Recently, while three of our young grandchildren were fishing (with adult assistance), they were delighted to catch some trout. Later, they learned that before the fish could be cooked, it had to be gutted and cleaned. They also learned that it takes skill to properly fillet the fish, removing the...

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The Finch (God’s Faithfulness)

Yesterday, when my husband took the mail out, a finch flew into our house. Tom lost sight of it, so we began the search throughout the house. Finally, Tom spotted the bird frantically trying to fly through the skylight in our vaulted ceiling. We opened the back door, but had to figure out how to...

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Peace Through Surrender

Last September, Tom and I booked a trip for this May to the beautiful islands of Bora Bora and Moorea in French Polynesia. Yesterday, April 2nd, we made the decision to cancel that trip, due to the coronavirus pandemic. When my husband canceled our reservations, we learned that we may not get a...

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A Miracle Wedding

Almost three years ago, Kat, a young woman from Germany, came to live with us. She was part of a team of young foreign missionaries who came to our church to work with our youth program and public high school students, as well as serving in our church. Kat remained (usually they only serve for one...

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A Man Named Nathanael

Someone recently sent me an article about a certain controversial government leader. As I read it, what came to mind was nothing directly related to that particular person. Instead, I thought of a man in the Bible named Nathanael. Nathanael's friend, Philip, came to him and said he and others had...

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Focused Prayer

I don't know about you, but I have often found that distracting thoughts bombard my mind when I'm praying. I'm going to share some things I do that help me to stay focused. Perhaps some of these ideas will help you. I ask God to protect me from demonic influence and to focus my attention on Him....

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Devotional: Countless Blessings

I can really relate to John 21:25! "Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written." Journaling is like breathing to me. I love to write down as many things as possible about...

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A Matter of Perspective

I like to get up early for a time of prayer and Bible reading, while the world is quiet and still. This morning, I was enjoying that quiet until a group of crows started cawing loudly outside my window. My first response was to be annoyed, but then I decided they were just praising the Lord. They...

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Invisible Rainbows

One of the ways God blesses me and brings a smile to my heart and face is through His rainbows--the sign of His promise. Sometimes I'm blessed to see beautiful rainbows in the sky, such as the time I was walking in our neighborhood, crying out to the Lord for a sign of hope regarding my disabled...

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Victory Through Surrender

I have found that it is impossible for me to cheerfully and willingly surrender my desires to the Lord and sacrificially serve others unless two things happen: (a) I have a fresh revelation of how much God loves me and has sacrificed for me, and (b) I ask Him for His power to surrender my desires....

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