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Month: June, 2018

Red letter day

by kerriebutterfield

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Webster dictionary defines a “red letter day”  as a  “memorably important or happy occasion.”  A few years ago on what I would describe as the opposite of an important or happy day, I gave this phrase a new meaning and made it my own.

I was feeling forgotten and sad, and I found myself in Psalm 2.  The Psalmist writes:  “I will proclaim the Lord’s decree: He said to me, ‘You are my son today I have become your father. Ask me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession.'” Read the rest of this entry »

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I Don’t Fit….

by Carol Nicholls

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 Restore us, O Lord, and bring us back to you again! Lamentations 5:21 NLT

The table is covered with jigsaw pieces. On the cover is a beautiful nautical scene that should be recreated when all of these pieces are put together.

Actually, the upper left corner is almost done. But I am pondering a piece in my hand. The colors don’t seem to be right no matter where I look. A piece that will fit into the notches has not shown up. Oh well, sometimes it takes awhile to figure it out. Just put the piece down and keep on working.

Several hours later (I am not really good at jigsaw puzzles) the scene is completed, looking just like the box cover. There on the table is one lonely piece. Read the rest of this entry »

Carefree Days of Summer {Hurricanes}

by Mindy Kiker

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Summer vacation! Sounds like a relaxing change of pace, and yet the balmy days of summer also create the perfect conditions for hurricanes off the coast of Florida.

I recall last year, preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Irma who had already wrecked her devastation on our neighbors in the Caribbean and was pressing in on Florida. As I worked, I listened to The Hiding Place by Corrie Ten Boom. What a perfect backdrop to my thoughts swirling with the threat of disaster.

Here was a woman who experienced one of the most heinous epochs of human history, lost most of her family to despicable Nazi evil, and yet still believed in the goodness of God. Her story put into perspective my anxious hurricane preparations: we have a loving Father who has good plans for us, although our paths at times lead into dark and threatening places.

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