Influencing Like a Mosquito

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Don’t Worry, Be Happy

"Anxiety in a man's heart weighs it down." (Proverbs 12:25a AMP)Worry and anxiety are bedfellows that often show up together.Kelita sat in her car, gunning the engine but going nowhere. There was good reason. The gearshift was in neutral. She burned fuel and fogged up...

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Goody Two-Shoes

"Did I keep my heart pure for nothing? Did I keep myself innocent for no reason?" (Psalm 73:13 NLT)I was a goody two-shoes, but for what?John Newbery published the story, “Goody Two-Shoes,” in London in 1765 and popularized the phrase. The story tells about an orphan...

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No Deposit, No Return

"He has identified us as his own by placing the Holy Spirit in our hearts as the first installment that guarantees everything he has promised us." (2 Corinthians 1:22 NLT)They lay alongside the roadside, waiting for a lawnmower to crush them or for some boy to pick...

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When God Requires the Hard Stuff

John 2:3, 7 "They have no more wine…Jesus told the servants, Fill the jars with water." (NLT)It was a tough move, but he had no choice. The call came at work; unless you can come up with several hundred dollars, your son will go to jail. John had wandered from the...

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Living With Uncertainty

“Are you going to heaven when you die?” I asked. “I hope so,” she replied. It wasn’t the answer I was looking for but it would have to do.My grandmother and I were taking an afternoon walk when I asked the question. I’m not sure what prompted me to ask-childhood...

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Lonely in the Crowd

I was surrounded by people but lonely and depressed.My family was turned upside down. A spouse walked away, a daughter left for college and a son moved in with his mom. Only the dog and I were left, and he just lay around and slept.But a loving church family adopted...

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Love Debt

There he was again. I saw him moving up quickly in my rearview mirror. A tail rider.People who ride my bumper set me on edge. I know the law of stopping and speed. One car length for every ten miles per hour I'm traveling, but some people don't honor it.Riding me on a...

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