Through Times Like These

Sweet Love

It was 11 A.M. on a Saturday morning and I was parked outside a local animal shelter waiting for it to open.  It had been several months since my beloved Beagle Snoopy had passed away and I finally felt ready to bring a new dog into my home.  On Friday afternoon my...

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Joy Comes in the Morning

"For his anger is but for a moment and his favor is for a lifetime. Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning." (Psalm 30:5 ESV)"Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the...

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Sing Until the Sun Comes Out

"You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden." (Matthew 5:4 NIV)It was a cold, gray, Winter’s day.  Two inches of freshly fallen snow had blanketed the   ground.  The night before had been so bitterly cold that I had to leave my water...

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Pushing a Pile of Leaves

It was the day after Thanksgiving and I was trying to work off ten pounds of turkey, potatoes, and pumpkin pie by raking up the leaves around my daughter's house. She had a matronly maple tree in her front yard and her back yard was surrounded by stately oak trees, so...

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Never Too Soon

"This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it." (Ps. 118:24 NKJV)It is closing in on my 54th birthday as I write this and I am reminded of a wonderful quote by the writer, Colette: “What a wonderful life I’ve had.  I only wish I’d realized it...

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It’s Going to be One of Those Days

Don't throw this day away.Don't give up on it before it even begins.You declare, "It's going to be one of those days!"And it is.Why? Because you will choose to see only those things that help you to prove your point.You woke up this morning and stubbed your toe on the...

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Laughter is Cheap Medicine

I know a couple who works in the pharmaceutical industry. He is a sales representative and she is a pharmacist. When asked what they do for a living, he is quick to reply, "She makes drugs and I sell `em."I believe it was Lord Byron who said, "Always laugh when you...

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