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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The word gracious is not one you hear tossed around a lot in casual conversation these days. People used to say, “Goodness gracious!” when they were shocked at something. That sounds rather quaint to our ears since we now frequently

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While reading a chapter in the Bible recently, I came across a notation I’d previously made in the margin beside a particular verse. (Yes, I write in my Bible—the words of scripture are sacred to me, not the ink and

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As I write this, the rains pour relentlessly outside my office window—again. Having lived in the Pacific Northwest most of my life, however, I am not so easily fooled. While it may look like winter, and still feel like winter,

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The variety of church names out there never ceases to amaze, and sometimes amuse, me. Recently I heard about a church that calls itself, Winner’s Circle, a term most frequently associated with that small, circular enclosure at a racetrack where

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