The Most Widely-Read Version of the Bible

March 17, 2012
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This week brought a series of stressors, disappointments and challenges—some causing tears or apprehension, while others eliciting a roll of the eyes, a sigh or an Ugh! My brand-new, whazoo make-one-cup-at-a-time coffee maker is no longer making coffee. Seriously?! The cat threw up the previous nights’ dinner on the carpet in the hallway, which I […]

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His Mercies are New Every Morning

March 5, 2012
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Last week I had occasion to visit with a friend who is facing some serious medical challenges. She is understandably uncertain about her future and is feeling quite overwhelmed with the circumstances of life. Those who have traveled the valley of suffering can relate. I remember feeling like I was at the bottom of a […]

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Ten Awesome Bird-themed Resources

February 20, 2012
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The other day, I opened the window to listen to the birds in my yard. They were tweeting to one another, filling the morning air with birdsong. What is it about birds that instinctively bring out the wonder in us? What is it that drives us to share our lunches with the sparrows at Disneyland, […]

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The Huntington-Taking a Turn about the Garden

January 29, 2012
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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of visiting The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, CA. Like Butchart Gardens in Canada, the Huntington offers a unique garden experience for visitors of all ages. The large Beaux-Arts mansion was originally the residence of Henry and Arabella Huntington. Both had a […]

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Jesus Loves the Little Children

January 22, 2012
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Jesus loves the little children, all the children of the world; Red and yellow, black and white, all are precious in his sight. Jesus loves the little children of the world.   Clare Herbert Woolston Today is Sanctity of Life Sunday, and like many other churches across the nation, our pastor took a few moments this […]

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The Scars We Keep

January 8, 2012
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The most valuable counsel I have received in my life has never come from a novice. It’s come from those who bore the scars of the crucible. -Chuck Swindoll Last week, I drove past the Urgent Care facility around the corner from my house and recognized a familiar site. A bright red fire truck, paramedic […]

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Tower of the Flock

December 25, 2011
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As with many churches during this time of year, our pastor is completing an Advent series. Advent means “the coming” and during Christmas time, we celebrate God’s promised Messiah, who will one day establish an earthly kingdom in Jerusalem. But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, [though] thou be little among the thousands of Judah, [yet] out of […]

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Bloggerette Sorority Christmas Ornament Swap

December 19, 2011
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This year I had the pleasure of participating in a Christmas ornament swap with one of my sorority sisters! Pairs of bloggers were matched together to exchange a bit of Christmas bliss, whereby each lady sent one handcrafted ornament and one store bought ornament to her swapping partner. I was paired up with Jo, from […]

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When God Puts a Hand over your Mouth

December 17, 2011
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Almost two weeks ago, I ordered a Christmas present from out of state. After sending an e-mail telling me the item was in stock, the small specialty store cheerfully accepted my credit card number over the phone and said the item would be shipped the following day. I patiently waited the six days necessary for […]

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Ten Steps to an Elegant Winter Floral Arrangement

December 12, 2011
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My sister Lori and I are making Winter Wonderland-themed table arrangements for a Christmas party, so I thought I’d bring you all along for a peek, so you can see how these were put together! Step 1—Prepare flowers. We started with a variety of white flowers to go with the winter theme. First we remove […]

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