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    Exploring Our Naaman Moments

    Prayer is essential to the Christian faith. We are told throughout Scripture to call out to the Lord and Jesus gives us several examples of this including The Lord’s Prayer and my personal favorite, John 17, in which Jesus prays for Himself and for all believers just before the crucifixion. In each of these examples, Jesus teaches us to pray within the will of God the Father. When it comes to prayer, I’ve prayed many prayers that I thought needed a certain answer. We can all relate to prayers of healing for a specific ailment, salvation of a loved one, or prayers for the sale of a home. These type…

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    Is Fear Holding You Back?

    Once upon a time I was a girl who always had a bike rack attached to her car. Where I went, my bike went just in case an unexpected opportunity arose. Then I had children, fracturing my tailbone with the birth of my second daughter. Riding a bike was out of the question. The pain would not allow it. It took two years, lots of activity modification, and 3 injections to feel semi-normal. Even then, continuing education classes and conferences were dreaded. The all-day sitting would bring back the pain for a week or more. I’ve avoided cycling ever since out of fear of exacerbating this old pain.  Read that…

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    Meeting Jesus at the Well

    What is one thing I have taken for granted recently? Hot water. A few weekends ago, our hot water heater stopped working. My husband attempted to coax it back to temporary life until we could get it replaced but to not avail. One week. That’s how long it took to replace our hot water heater. For one week, I heated multiple pots of water on our stove to warm the children’s bath each evening. I repeated this again for mine in the morning, and my husband showered using a basin of prepared hot water followed by a quick rinse with the cold shower head. We know we are blessed to…

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    Blessed Out Bitterness

    Many of you may already know this but many of you do not. I work full time as a physical therapist in a senior living community. I love my job for so many reasons but one of my favorite perks of working with seniors is access to the wealth of knowledge they possess.  I’ve worked in senior living for nearly ten years and I have received a plethora of wise counsel.  However, there are two pieces of advice that have really changed how I live my life. I want to tell you about one of those today. I have worked with several couples in their nineties who have been married…

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    Confidence of a Child

    Have you ever known a child with a favorite doll or stuffed animal?  My daughter received a stuffed dog from her Sunday school teachers after having her tonsils removed last summer.  She latched onto this one so quickly and has never looked back. He is an adorable, chocolate brown pup adequately named Cocoa. She has always had a favorite doll or stuffed animal to carry around as long as I can remember. However, Cocoa is obviously more special to her than any other. If you know my youngest daughter personally, chances are you have met Cocoa.  He goes EVERYWHERE she goes.  If she is reading on the sofa, Cocoa is…

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    Trusting the Author

    Friday nights are movie night in our house. It’s our way of unwinding from the hectic week and settling into the weekend. Not too long ago, we watched the Harry Potter series as my daughter finished each book. She’s an avid reader who reads for detail, often reading through each book two to three times. She knew every detail of this story prior to watching the movie. There is a scene where the three main characters are on a journey to destroy the power of the story’s villain. One character, Ron, misunderstands the intentions of the other two and leaves the group in anger. The female character is left distraught…

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    One Body One Blood

    I grew up in a white neighborhood and attended a school that was occasionally 99% white but more often than not 100% white. The one black student I can remember had a locker next to mine and we chatted daily for the short time he attended our school.  I still smile when I think of him.  His smile was infectious and I can clearly remember his laughter. However, I often look back and wonder what struggles he hid behind that smile and laughter as the only black student in an otherwise all white school.  Some of those struggles I will never know and some of those struggles have been brought…

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    Who are the Heroes?

    A sign stating, “Heroes walk through these doors,” greets our senior living employees as they enter each morning. Every aspect of healthcare has changed and definitely requires a new level of physical, emotional, and mental stamina. Many in healthcare have walked away, requested leave of absence, or taken more extreme measures due to the level of burnout and stress compounded by COVID-19. Still many more show up faithfully every day despite knowing the risk firsthand. The Oxford dictionary defines a hero as “a person who is admired or idealized for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities. Yes, healthcare workers are essential and should indeed be labeled as heroes. We are fortunate…

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    Finding Light in Darkness

    Many of us have heard, watched, or read Easter devotionals and social media posts with the phrase, “but Sunday’s coming.” It’s Saturday… but Sunday’s coming. Reflecting on the history of today, I ponder what those who believed Jesus was their Messiah must have been thinking after Jesus was pronounced dead.  I am sure they felt all hope was lost; their Messiah, who was to save them from all oppression, had just been defeated by death. Their cries of Hosanna obliterated. Imagine the somber tone that must have filled Jerusalem and the surrounding areas as the darkness lingered and the veil was torn in two.  Something terrible had just happened and…

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    Finding Peace in Our Comforter

    Have you ever had a conversation with someone that just grieves your heart to its very core?   I had one of those conversations with a close friend recently. I have discussed my faith with this friend before and she has taken notice of certain aspects of my life, including peace in difficult circumstances that can only come from God. She has witnessed the transformation of others and affirms as a believer. However, she struggles to trust that God’s Word applies to her current situation. I so desperately want this friend to understand trust and dependence on God is the missing link she is so desperately searching for. Friends, this…

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