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In Order

Some days, things don’t go right for me. For instance, the hardback book I ordered for a gift arrived with the cover damaged. Because of the time frame, I had no choice but to give it anyway. An App I downloaded didn’t work. Another day I tried three times to back up my website and […]

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Preparing for Tomorrow

As I struggled out of my furry jacket at ladies Bible study, my bracelet caught inside my sleeve, snapped, and showered beads everywhere. Like my life snapped and flew apart when Warren died, kind people gathered around to comfort me. So several of the ladies scrambled to gather the beads as they bounced and rolled. […]

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The Lost Check

I panicked! “Lord,” I prayed, “where did I put the signed blank check I held while I chatted and waited in line to mail this package?” I searched my purse a second time, and glanced at the floor around me. Nothing. Because it wasn’t my check I felt a weight of responsibility. After I mailed […]

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The Blessing Jar

I emptied my quart-sized Blessing Jar one piece of paper at a time and read them. Happiness soared about me as I recalled each of the answered prayers and blessings. Here is a partial list of things that brought joy to me this year: My son and his wife came and stayed with us while […]

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Christmas!

Christmas! The word brings excitement and happy thoughts, to most people. The sights, sounds, and smells are delightful. Add to that mix, family, shopping, and baking, and the occasion is hard to beat. Until a woman becomes a widow. Then the holiday can be a nightmare, overwhelming, and difficult to endure. Dear widow, please give […]

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Face to Face

At a recent ladies’ conference, I met some pastor’s wives for the first time. However, I recognized some of their names because I had written them an invitation to bring their widows to our retreat. Now I had a face to match the name. When I am out and about, I enjoy seeing a familiar […]

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A Heart Probe

The lights dimmed. The technician’s computer flashed a picture as the outside probe sent and received the sound waves from the inside of my mother’s heart At times I could see colors that showed the blood flowing through the valves, and I could even hear some sounds. I sat amazed. Amazed that our Omnipotent God […]

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Procrastination

I am a pro. A pro at procrastination, that is. I assume other widows get things done right away so they don’t have a To Do List, or a to do pile. Case in point. The small plastic hook I bought for hanging my bathrobe on the bathroom door, still lay in its original packaging […]

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Compassion in Action

“Are you waiting in line?” I asked the lady standing across the aisle with her hand propped up on the checkout counter. She nodded and said, “Yes, I just have to pay for this.” The man in front of me left and the lady carefully walked to the counter and grabbed hold of it. She […]

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Rescued

I watched as my brother’s small boat drifted further and further from the larger boat where it had been briefly moored. As the waves carried the small boat away from safety, I prayed that its aimless drifting wouldn’t cause it to end up on some rocks, damage another boat, or someone’s dock. My brother waved […]

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