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“A time to cry and a time to laugh. A time to grieve and a time to dance” ~ Ecclesiastes 3:4.

Eighteen years ago my family added an addition to our household.  My eldest daughter was two and a half when my sister’s cat had kittens.  She wanted one so bad and at the time the new Disney movie out was Tarzan.  One of the key characters in the move was Tantor, the elephant, and she loved that character so when it came time to name her new kitten she chose Tantore (spelled differently because of a mistake, that ended up just lasting).  (more…)

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“Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Doesn’t he leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it?” ~ Luke 15:4

I was involved with the church choir, singing duets, and solos when I was a teenager but took a long break from singing in public.  I didn’t understand how important it was for me to sing until I was given the opportunity at our church, twenty years after the last time I sang publicly.  I have been singing on our worship team for a couple of years and there have been times when I had no voice unable to sing.  Being a part of the team, at first, was nerve racking because singing a hymnal song is quite different than singing on a worship team.  I felt way out of my comfort zone.


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He prowls!

“Be self-controlled and alert.  Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour.  Resist him, standing firm in the faith” ~ I Peter 5:8-9.

The devil will attack anywhere, even through the tiniest crack.  He prowls with intent to devour.  He doesn’t want to distract you for a second or give you a boo-boo that needs a band-aid.  He wants to kill, steal, and destroy.  Satan is sneaky, deceitful, bitter, and aggressive.  His desire is to attack until there is nothing left. (more…)

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Healing Hands

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“He said, ‘If you listen carefully to the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.'” ~Exodus 15:26


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“And you know the way where I am going” ~John 14:4.

A month ago I drove down to Las Cruces, New Mexico to take my National Board Exam.  For years I have had major test anxiety.  I had absolutely no problems with classwork, writing 1500 word papers, or answering weekly questions but the minute I saw a quiz or test my chest would constrict and I would have trouble breathing.  This has been my lot in life from a little child til very recently.  (more…)

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Strength in Knowledge

“The wise are mightier than the strong, and those with knowledge grow stronger and stronger.  So don’t go to war without wise guidance; victory depends on having many advisers” Proverbs 24:5-6.

Is school really worth it?  What is the point of an education, when teenagers get jobs faster than a person with a graduate degree?  Why even bother learning all the stuff when it just leaves your brain after taking a test? (more…)

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“They have ears, but cannot hear, noses, but cannot smell” Psalm 115:6.

This verse cracked me up when I read it.  I have been sick, for about a week, with severe allergies.  I am not sure He meant for this verse to go along with how I was feeling, sickness wise, but it just made me laugh because it is definitely how I was feeling.

I have been doing quite a lot lately, basically working my brain into a frenzy.  It is no secret that I love to learn new things but sometimes I take so much in and just don’t give myself a moment to catch up on rest.  If you are a mom, reading this, you know exactly what I am talking about.   (more…)

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