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The boat ride

He sat on the mountain to teach as the crowds gathered to listen. No one could even tell that He was actually grieving. Nobody knew that only hours ago Jesus was informed that His cousin, John the Baptist, had been beheaded. 463 more words

God, Are You Listening?

Gary and I are far beyond the baby years, and we have no grandchildren yet, but we still sleep with a baby monitor beside us every night.  900 more words

Peaceful Acceptance

#thestruggleisreal is a popular hashtag and internet meme. It’s often accompanied by humorous images of a slice of bacon cooked in a flat iron to keep it from curling up, or a roll of paper towels being cut in two for toilet paper, or a stack of dirty laundry thrown next to the (empty) laundry basket. 525 more words


3 Things NOT to Say When Someone is Suffering

If we are affected by someone’s suffering, we will remember it, which is one of the great gifts that we give to each other.
A young man’s father died, and his local church, as we would expect, loved him well—invitations to dinner, a high priority on everyone’s prayer list, and warm e-mails, texts, and cards. 1,160 more words

When The Duck Hits The Water

When given the gift of space and place, gratitude is the right response.

John and I’ve been given the gift of just that. My sister has a place in Santa Rosa, California that she graciously has allowed us to visit for a time. 493 more words

Faith's Checkbook: Burdens Cast On Him

July 14

Burdens Cast on Him

“Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and He shall sustain thee; He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.” Psalms 55:22… 223 more words

Morning Devotions

Our quiet presence during someone else’s time of pain

Our quiet presence during someone else’s time of pain says more than any words of advice ever can. A grieving widow, for example, doesn’t need to hear our own tale of loss; she needs an arm around her shoulder so she realizes that she is not alone. 177 more words