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    No Fear…”Seeking My Favorite Things”

    What are your favorite things? According to the familiar song, “My Favorite Things” written by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II, these are a few of Maria’s favorite things.  Julie Andrews, who portrays Maria, in the award-winning musical “The Sound of Music” gives a list of some of her favorite things to help the Von Trapp children from being afraid of the storm.               “Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens,              Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens,              Brown paper packages tied up with string              These are a few of my favorite things.”   As the song continues, the lyrics are uplifting and fun.  In the movie, Maria whisk through the music with delight to…

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    Called To Disciple

    Have you ever wondered what it would have been like to have experienced and learned from Jesus during His earthly ministry?  The other day my husband and I were having a conversation regarding the way we respond towards different people and their circumstances.  He told me that I was like the apostle John and he was more like Peter.   Who was John?  Well, John was spoken of as the disciple Jesus loved.  (John 13:23) The Scripture is clear that John was the brother of James and the son of Zebedee. (Matt. 4:21-22; Mark 3:13-19; Luke 6:12-16).  He was a fisherman by trade and an ordinary man.  Many are familiar with John because he wrote five books…

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    “Embracing God When You Want To Run”

    Spring is a time for new flowers, budding trees, green grass, sunshine, insects, and yes, snakes.  Snakes out already? You bet…as temperatures start to climb those dreadful reptiles come out of hibernation and begin to enjoy the greater outdoors.  I realize that some snakes are considered good, but for me, I have never been one to stick around when I see one.  Instead, I become the fastest sprint runner on the track, leaving everyone behind. A few weeks ago, I was walking in our pasture with our grandsons enjoying the warm sunny Kansas day. As we walked, our conversation centered around God’s creation marveling at the beauty He has given us.  As we walked, we…

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    Almighty God “Hear Our Prayer”

    Has your prayer life increased these past few weeks?  Perhaps you are praying for things you have never prayed for in the past. Maybe you have been praying for a hedge of protection, a spirit of hope, a heart filled with peace, a mind filled with God’s Word, an attitude of trust, the list goes on and on if you are like me. Our faith has been stretched and our lives have been turned upside down.  Many of us have had circumstances in our own lives that have rocked us to the core, but most can say that they have never experienced a rocking quite like this during their lifetime. It is during…

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    Praising God for Who He Is!

    Many years ago, our daughter and I were driving on an icy road when I lost control of my minivan. It was spring break, so my daughter and I decided to go to a movie.  The weather was a bit concerning, but living in Kansas everyone knows how to drive on the ice, right?  The moment we walked out of the movie theater, I knew that the conditions had worsened and that we were in for a very long drive home.    Growing up in the Midwest I was taught to drive slow on ice and to only tap the breaks lightly.  We were about 10 minutes from home, and…

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    “Christmas…A Time of Adoration”

      The choir begins to sing as the orchestra plays one of the most familiar Christmas carols ever, “O Come All Ye Faithful.”  The congregation stands to their feet as they join in with heartfelt voices, hands lifted in praise, and expressions of adoration to the Lord on their faces.  This was the scene I observed this past Sunday during a Christmas candlelight service at church.  “O come all ye faithful joyful and triumphant Oh come ye O come ye to Bethlehem; Come and behold him born the King of angels; O come let us adore him Christ the Lord.” The lyrics of this classic Christmas carol were originally written…

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    Give Thanks With A Grateful Heart

    Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks…or is it?  For some people Thanksgiving means nothing more than the kick off for the Christmas holiday season.   Decorating, baking, shopping, and standing in long lines at the local retail stores all usher in the beginning of that busy time of year we call Christmas.  A few weeks ago I was shopping at a popular craft store in our neighborhood.  “Isn’t this a bit early for the lines to be so long,” I thought to myself?  The store was extremely busy and the lines were excruciatingly long.  After searching for any line that appeared shorter, I finally decided to stay put in my…

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    Encourage Spiritual Growth “Ten Things Parents Should Know”

    In our modern world we find ourselves surrounded by a plethora of resources including the internet, books, conferences, counselors, and countless “professionals;” all giving advice on the best techniques, the greatest tools, and the most up to date methods to use to be a good parent.  How many times have you looked to these resources for the best solutions, techniques, and tools for raising your child?  How often do you look to these resources without consulting the best parenting guide available?  How many times do you read page after page, chapter after chapter of how to be a successful parent without picking up the most valuable resource ever written?  …

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    A Plan With A Purpose…The Journey of Ice Cream

    The first bite is scrumptiously delicious and out of this world; with each additional bite comes the most pleasant and delightful experience to your sweet-tooth taste buds.  I love to savor every moment as I enjoy the cold creamy texture and luscious taste of ice cream.  Nothing is better on a hot summer day and if you’re like me, you love the opportunity to take a journey with the sweet and creamy delight.  Excitement fills the air as you walk into the local ice cream store.  Choices, choices, and more choices are in front of you as you scale the counter and look at the array of flavors that are…

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    The Best Book On Earth!

    A little journey to the local Barnes and Noble is always a fun experience for those who love to read.  Author displays, best seller tables, new releases, magazine racks, and categorized book shelves line the isles and walls.  Bold words, bright colors, and eye catching illustrations are displayed on front covers and on banners in an effort to lure the reader to choose ‘this’ book.  An enormously wide array of books can be found as they scream on the shelves, “buy me!” Why do you purchase a book?  Is it for pleasure, knowledge, or information?  Perhaps, you wish to make something and are browsing the shelves for a “how to” book.  Whatever the reason, most…