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The Family Table

The Family Table

In my growing up years, being pouty and not eating dinner with the family was not an option.  One day, I was angry because I didn’t get my way.  When mom called us to dinner I said I wasn’t hungry and refused to come.  And then there was my father’s response, “You...

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Make Me Fat!

Make Me Fat!

It was 4th grade but I remember it like yesterday, “If you don’t give me your brownie I won’t be your friend.”Those were the words out of my best friend’s mouth. I loved the school brownies.  I loved brownies.  I still love brownies! It felt like a war inside, as I...

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Keeping the Foxes Away

Keeping the Foxes Away

It was a lovely spring day spent with our grandchildren.  I suggested we put the hammocks up in the crab apple tree that is down the hill, by the tall bamboo grass.  They looked at me with sober faces and wide eyes as they quietly said, “No Mimi.  There are foxes in...

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Fire of God!

Fire of God!

Do you have a strong desire to be a roaring fire of God?! The Christian writer Oswald Chambers continues to touch thousands of lives almost 100 years since his publications.   It has been said, “His life was a well laid fire on which…..the flame of God fell with such...

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A Blighted Heart

A Blighted Heart

I love envisioning being part of God’s vineyard.  Imagining our Father God the loving, caring master gardener, Jesus The Vine and we, God’s children the branches.  (see John 15) In light of that, when I read Psalm 102:4 “My heart is blighted and withered like grass; I...

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Whispers of God

Whispers of God

We have all experienced it…when we want to do something but we know it is not best.  There is a gentle, yet strong sense indicating disappointment-or worse, devastating consequences.  I’m talking about that subtle, yet beyond instinct feeling.  That feel or sense we...

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Joy Splashers!

Joy Splashers!

Splash! Immediately a visual image of moving liquid, expanding its space comes to mind! I easily see splashes, droplets and puddles of water, milk, coffee spilling beyond their boundaries.  A splash affects areas close by.  And droplets from a splash reach far beyond...

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Closing The Gap Week 4 – “God Really Does Care!”

Closing The Gap Week 4 – “God Really Does Care!”

Are you ready? Christmas Day is almost here… There’s hardly a waking moment that something about Christmas is not right in front of us… lights, decorations, music, special events, shopping, making cookies. And less time to finish it all. But you’re taking the time to...

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Closing The Gap Week 3 – “The Ultimate Christmas”

Closing The Gap Week 3 – “The Ultimate Christmas”

“I can’t wait for Christmas” could be my mantra. The best is yet to come.  I love Christmas!  The anticipation of celebrating with family and friends, Christmas day, and now the grandchildren’s excitement thrown in is just amazing!  We might even say that it doesn’t...

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Closing The Gap Week 2 – “God Comes to Us…”

Closing The Gap Week 2 – “God Comes to Us…”

Each year we seem to add to our Christmas celebration with decorations, lights, events, etc. as we try to create the perfect Christmas. But maybe it’s time to subtract. For 2,000 years we’ve added so many trappings to Christmas that the reality has gotten lost and our...

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Closing The Gap Week 1 – “The REAL Christmas”

Closing The Gap Week 1 – “The REAL Christmas”

Advent 2020 – Closing the Gap 2020 has been a different year, to say the least. As we have experienced life through social distancing ourselves from one another, we’ve developed this “gap” in our relationships.  And though we’ve tried to close that gap, it is still...

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