Blessings

5 Good Things

When we are going through the difficult seasons of life, or just a particularly exhausting day, is it hard to stop and think of the blessings God has given us?

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The Trouble with Being Blessed

Recently I was visiting a friend who is dealing with serious health issues and before leaving I asked how I could be praying for her. She gave me a few things to pray for regarding her illness. Then she asked how she could pray for me. In a nanosecond I mentally assessed my current life and said I am blessed, but could she pray for “so-and-so” about “such-and-such“. On the

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The Perfect Father

When I was 4 or 5 years old, I remember going flying with my Dad. He was an experienced pilot and loved flying a Glider, sometimes called a Sailplane. It’s a light aircraft with no engine that is designed to stay aloft for long periods soaring on currents of air. I don’t have a complete recollection of the day, just bits and pieces of memories. I remember the feeling of

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He Delights in You

Recently I’ve gotten to spend time with my precious grandchildren. Whenever I know I will be  with them I am filled with pure delight. They bring me such pleasure and joy. They may be laughing or fussy, happy or tired, or maybe even a little smelly – I don’t care.  Just being in the same room brings me pure joy! Every visit we have, I am delighted to see these

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Greatest Job in the World

(Disclaimer: As Mother’s Day approaches, I know many may be grieving the loss of a mother or child. Some women never had children by choice, and others through no choice of their own. I don’t want to be insensitive to women whose experience is different than mine. But I do want to celebrate motherhood for all that it is to me. These are my personal thoughts for what they are

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Romans 3:24

Full of Grace

I’ve never considered myself to be graceful – full of grace. In fact, sometimes I’m just the opposite. For example, take an incident that occurred at the Garden Tomb in Israel recently. Our tour group was wandering through the garden area. I was looking around instead of down at the uneven path and steps ahead. I missed the first rocky step and stumbled down the rest of the steps, arms flailing

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Old Jerusalem – New Covenant

My time in Israel is finished and I am back in the US trying to get over jet lag.  It was truly an amazing trip, and I am only beginning to filter through all that I learned and experienced while there. We spent 3 ½ days just in Jerusalem and each day brought a clearer understanding of what the city may have been like when Jesus walked the narrow streets

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Undistracted

It’s been a beautiful day here in Israel.    Yes, Israel. Tonight is our second night in a small town by the Sea of Galilee. I am here in Israel along with a group from my church for 11 days and so far the trip has exceeded my expectations. You would think that in a country like this with such rich biblical history, that it would be easy to stay

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