1.  I have the sweetest family and the most wonderful friends. (Thanks to all who lit up the way into this new decade with your many colorful expressions of celebration and kindness!) 2.  Each year, each day, each

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I was never a Boy Scout (or even a Girl Scout) but “be prepared” has somehow become my unofficial motto in life. I’m the one to ask if you need dental floss, hand sanitizer, Shout Wipes, or Tylenol. I’m happy

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Forty-two years ago about this time, I was counting down. After all, my wedding was less than a week away. Like many June brides before and since, my days were filled with shopping for dresses, flowers, invitations, cakes, and all the

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Somehow, through the thicket of despair and the snarled undergrowth of discouragement–even though thorns of doubt snag your soul and cause you to bleed resentment at the unfairness of it all, beat a path to praise. Grab the sturdy handle

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Sometimes wisdom comes brightly, without fanfare or public announcement, from the smallest and sweetest among us. How do you explain what is behind the federal holiday we now know as Martin Luther King day to a five-year-old? That was the dilemma facing my daughter, Kristi,

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Giving is the outward expression of a Jesus-owned heart. It is our hands leaving His fingerprints of generosity–His DNA of grace–on those we touch with kindness. But sometimes we wonder, what do we really have to offer to those around us that’s of

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I never get tired of Christmas lights burning brightly from the rooflines of decked-out houses or twinkling brightly through the windows of those cheery folks who’ve managed to get their trees up already. It’s such a contrast to the cold

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  It seems a little crazy but I’m kind of a fan of the Tiny House Movement. Don, my patient husband, just shakes his head and chuckles because he knows the contents of my closet would barely fit in the

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It could easily be the world’s scariest list if it had even one thing on it. But I’ve looked. There’s nothing there–zip, nada. The list of things that can separate you from God’s love is blank. On the other hand,

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Little things mean a lot. Often, it’s the omission of those little things which can create the biggest pain and havoc in life. On January 31, 2000, Alaska Airlines Flight 261 crashed into the Pacific Ocean near California. 88 people

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