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Lessons From A Cucumber

My late husband and I developed a love for Japanese cucumbers while we served as missionaries in Japan several years ago. As I shopped in the States, I was surprised to find a Japanese cucumber plant. I bought it and gave it a new home, a large flowerpot on my patio. Because I didn’t water […]

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Be Still and Know

As soon as my friend left, I felt queasy. The minute my head touched the pillow, vertigo and nausea hit me. “Oh, no, Lord, Please help me, I am alone, and You promised to help widows.” The verse, “Be still and know that I am God,” found in Psalm 46:10, popped into my head. I […]

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Strength

After being widowed for eleven-years, I no longer mourned for my husband. But, when my mom recently passed away leaving me orphaned, I found my grief returned in full force. My appetite waned, and a feeling of lethargy overwhelmed me. My thinking processes slowed because I had difficulty focusing and my decision making became unstable. […]

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A Poor Example

As a couple of widowed friends drove into my driveway, I glanced into the mirror and realized it was too late to undo my neglect. I hadn’t prepared myself for the day as I should have—I looked terrible! Although I had dressed, had my devotions, and thawed the desert I wanted to serve, I had […]

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Scheduling

“Lord,” I prayed, “I need specific directions this morning so I can get my life on a schedule and stop feeling overwhelmed.” The task of going through my personal possessions, an accumulation of eleven-years of living in one house, felt enormous, in my opinion. The Lord seemed to impress me to work for short periods […]

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Lessons Learned

        It started as a dream and ended in a lesson.        A boy came to me and said, “May I come into your class because a new person is going to teach mine, and I don’t know him.”        I woke myself up answering him out loud and philosophizing. I said:         “Why don’t […]

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Rearranging

Crash! I jumped to my feet and hurried in the direction of the sound, afraid that I already knew what happened. There on the floor of my closet lay the 6 1/2-foot shelf on top of my clothes with the shelf contents spilled into my bedroom. As the eleven years piled up since my husband’s […]

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Refocusing

My hibernating theory for peace and quietness had gone awry. Didn’t people realize that I wanted to be a “hermit for a day” No, they didn’t! When the doorbell rang, I trudged to answer it with less than a happy spirit. The Lord has a great sense of humor and He knew I didn’t want […]

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Singing Deliberately

I have sung hymns since I was a child, and can rattle off some of them. How long has it been since you sang a song in church and consciously thought about and meant the words? When the congregation stands and sings a familiar hymn, I hope my mind doesn’t wander. I wish I could […]

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Being Prepared

It dawned on me as I stood by my locked car in the parking lot of the doctor’s office, that if my widowed mom hadn’t been alive, her caregiver would not have been available to bring mom’s extra set of car keys to me. Have you ever gotten locked out of your home or car? […]

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