Praise First!

What is your number one prayer request today?  You know the one you pray about more than anything else, the one thing that is constantly on your mind day and night.  You really want God to do something about it—preferably today—like right now would be nice. This week I was reading in Genesis, and the […]

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My Jamie Candle

This is my Jamie candle.  I light it in her memory whenever our family gets together for a holiday or a birthday or a special occasion.  It is a cheap pink candle, one she would have picked out herself.  If she could see it today, I know she would give me a thumb’s up and […]

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From Hell

I write this from hell, but you will never see it or hear what I have to say.  Perhaps if the pastor of my church had preached more fire and brimstone, I would not be here.  If I had been born into a different family, or if my best friend had only told me the […]

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A Steeper, Not a Dipper

I have never met a hot tea I didn’t like.  Black, green, white, leaf, herbal—I love them all, especially in the early morning next to my Bible.  I’ve learned something about hot tea.  It tastes better steeped, not dipped.  Until that tea bag hits the hot water and allowed to sit there quietly (I prefer […]

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The Little One-Eye Red-Hair Boy

He started out as the perfect bow decoration (all body parts intact) on a present many Christmases ago.  With little blue overalls and a red and white checkered shirt (sounds like Raggedy Andy now that I think about it), he was about five inches in length.  Two pre-school sisters, Jamie and Janet, thought he was […]

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Caleb’s Kite

This is a children’s story about a child’s grief.  Dedicated to grandchildren everywhere.  “Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it” (Luke 18:17). Hi.  My name is Caleb, and I am five years old.  I went outside to play today and the wind blew […]

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Five Years Ago

This morning I’m thankful as I remember five years ago today when one of earth’s angels joined the heavenly angels.  Our Jamie stepped into paradise early that morning as Leonid showered meteors spectacularly over East Texas.  Jamie had accomplished the purpose for which God created her, and He called her home.  “Now when David had […]

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The “Hold That Thought” Giveaway

I do have those times—occasionally—when I’m in deep concentration, reading or writing something, and Gene comes along and begins talking to me.  I want to hear what my adorable husband has to say, but I know if I don’t finish my thought, I risk losing it forever.  “Hold that thought, please!”  I finish what I’m […]

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Outsmarted by a Donkey

His donkey showed him!  Balaam discovered he wasn’t as smart as he thought he was.  His loyal donkey saw the angel of the Lord three times (Numbers 22), saved Balaam from certain death, and then God opened the donkey’s mouth and he spoke to Balaam in words Balaam understood.  And what’s even more startling, Balaam […]

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The “Or Nots” of Life

We are surrounded by them every single day.  They confront us, stare us down, and demand immediate attention and a decision.  At times, we are completely oblivious to their questioning presence.  And no, I’m not talking about your two year old. I’m referring to the “or nots” of daily life.  Will I talk to God […]

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