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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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A Joy-Filled Life

Sometimes I feel overwhelmed as the cares of everyday life seem to drag the joy out of me, making me feel like a deflated balloon. It’s easy as a widow to let life’s processes block out the light allowing gloom to settle before I realize it. Then, I should immediately rebuke Satan and think and […]

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Fervent

The small sticky note grabbed my attention because I recognized my handwriting, but obviously I had written it a long time ago because I hadn’t seen it lately. The two short words on it puzzled me-car tags. Still wondering what it meant, I walked into the garage and glanced at my license plate. It  couldn’t […]

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Encourage Yourself

I am thankful the Lord encourages me when I feel substandard, far from perfect, or that I’m falling behind the pack. For example, I feel that there are so many new things to learn to be able to navigate in the media world that I can’t keep up. Of course, we can’t know and implement […]

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Living the Dream

“How are you doing?” I asked a volunteer in our church hallway as he worked at a menial task. His answer took me back. “I’m living the dream.” I hurried on to our ladies Bible study as I pondered his answer and later shared it with them because it delighted me. Do you suppose Joseph […]

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Neglect

You’ve heard the saying, “Out of sight, out of mind?” Well, I purpose a new one—“In sight, out of mind.” Let me explain. As I sat playing the piano, my right hand touched some of the higher white piano keys and they didn’t feel slick like they should. When I examined the bass keys, they […]

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Placeholders

  In some countries, people hire placeholders to stand in line for them then call in time so they can exchange places. I have attended special dinners where a place card reserved a seat for me. Since I’ve lived in the same home for several years, I believe that I have served as a placeholder […]

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A Hard Lesson

I learned a hard lesson. The verse “It’s not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit” is so true! Several times I tried to format a widow’s tract and when I tried to save it, it wouldn’t save. I’m not sure how many times I started over with determination that I would get […]

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Unbalanced

I ran, pushed the stop on the washing machine, balanced the load, and when I started it again, it worked fine. When I became a widow, my life became unbalanced and I felt things spinning out of control because life progressed way too fast. Sometimes the same thing happens in my life now, eleven years […]

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