22 Jan 2019

The Hatter

“What’s the matter?” said the Hatter. “I think I hear somber chatter.” His customer looked forlorn. She then revealed her hat was torn. “Oh, you’ve come to the right place, my dear. I have all that you need right here.”
The Hatter was known around the world for His gentle ways and skillful hands. The hats [...]

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24 Dec 2018

Christmas Goodies

For some reason, people have been overly generous to us this year with gifts of Christmas goodies. We have fudge and fine chocolates and sugar cookies and gingerbread cookies and chocolate-covered pretzels and candies, and all kinds of various sweet concoctions that people have created with toffee and chocolate and peppermint. There’s currently an almond [...]

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17 Nov 2018

More Thanksgiving

Because of Thanksgiving, November is the designated month in which we express our gratitude. We tell people we are thankful for them. We cook rich foods and celebrate loved ones while preparing our hearts for the next fast-approaching holiday. Despite the cold weather, I do enjoy all of these things. Yet I find myself wishing [...]

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29 Oct 2018

Six Crucial Steps

Do you remember the first time you were aware of your sin?
Around age four, I remember stealing a penny I found on the living room floor of my neighbor’s house. I thought about it for weeks. Should I return it and be honest about it? Or should I just casually drop it out of [...]

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26 Sep 2018

The Lord Provides

I penned these words seven years ago and they are even more precious to me today. Our God is abundantly good and gracious, ever providing for His people in ways we could never hope or imagine.
The Lord Provides
© 2011 Portion Music (ASCAP)
If you are thirsty, come to the waters
His fountain never runs dry
If you are [...]

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13 Aug 2018

Blind Spots

One of Webster’s definitions of a blind spot is “an area in which one fails to exercise judgement or discrimination.” I hear it mentioned regularly that everyone has personal blind spots. What is implied by this comment is that we are unable to sufficiently see and analyze all the areas of our lives.
Our physical eyes [...]

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14 Jul 2018

Praise Before the Battle Begins

In 2 Chronicles 20, the Israelites are facing a big battle against their enemies and things look grim. Jehoshaphat cries out to the Lord, “O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might, so that none [...]

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23 Jun 2018

Obey and Rest

I’ve spent almost all of June in my bed. It feels like a waste of time to be sick. It’s such a bummer to lose valuable summer hours. I make plans. I cancel them. I have found myself mourning all of this. 
The reality is, however, that nothing is wasted. I do understand this about my sovereign Lord. [...]

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17 May 2018

Ringing Cries

When I told Patrick I was expecting our first child, he smiled and paused to think. Then he simply said, “I’m trying to imagine the noises a baby will be making in this house . . .” It was such a sweet thought and such a foreign concept to us at the time.
One of [...]

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14 Apr 2018

Jesus, Take the Wheel

Yesterday, I drove all over the north side of Indianapolis. In my final few miles of driving I found myself on a straight country road where traffic was heavy. About one hundred yards before a four-way stop sign, my steering wheel completely locked up. I could not turn to the right or to the left. [...]

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