Passing the Test

Through the Storm

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight." (Proverbs 3:5-6 NIV)I recall a western TV episode, a family snug in their cabin, snow and wind whipping outside. The...

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The Toasting

Daniel 3:4-6 "And the herald proclaimed aloud, You are commanded, O peoples, nations, and languages, that when you hear the sound of the horn, pipe, lyre, trigon, harp, bagpipe, and every kind of music, you are to fall down and worship the golden image that King...

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The Sell Out

Jonah 1:1-3 "The word of the Lord came to Jonah son of Amittai: 'Go to the great city of Nineveh and preach against it, because its wickedness has come up before me. But Jonah ran away from the Lord and headed for Tarshish. He went down to Joppa, where he found a ship...

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The Insulation

Zephaniah 3:17 "The Lord your God is with you, the Mighty Warrior who saves. He will take great delight in you; in his love he will no longer rebuke you, but will rejoice over you with singing." (NIV) People were thrilled when we finally got a much needed dump of snow...

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The Difficult Days

Philippians 3:1 "Whatever happens, dear friends, be glad in the Lord. I never get tired of telling you this, and it is good for you to hear it again and again." Living Bible (TLB)I lay in bed and listened to the rain pattering on the roof. Oh no, not another day of...

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Puddled by Puddles…

Spring showers caused them to pop up everywhere.My maternal grandmother called them mud puddles, and she knew all about them. Living in the flatlands of South Carolina, I saw them after spring and summer rains. Water settled in roadside ditches, fields, potholes in...

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"For this, O LORD, I will praise you among the nations; I will sing praises to your name." Psalm 18:49 NLT Her instructions to the piano instructor were clear: teach regular piano lessons for fifteen minutes and teach hymns for the remainder of the time.Mom was a...

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