Year: 2012

Best Intentions

When I was in high school English class, we studied “To a Mouse,” by Robert Burns. Written in the author’s native Gaelic, the poem is a sort of lyrical apology composed on the occasion when a farmer unwittingly plowed up the nest of a common field mouse. Grieved to have demolished the little rodent’s home …

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Lives Depend on You

“911 Dispatch. What is your emergency?” Most of us are familiar with this greeting—either because we have found ourselves in a critical situation requiring police, ambulance or firefighting assistance, or we have heard the phrase in a reality show, crime drama or some other source. Serving as an emergency dispatcher must be a high-octane job. …

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Heavy of Heart

Last month I thought the things God was teaching me were heavy. Little did I realize what greater weight He had in store for me and my family! We got a phone call that forever changed our lives. Our younger son, with his voice cracking, told my husband and me that police had come to …

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The Weight of Waiting

There is nothing like waiting for God’s plan to play out to test your patience and expose the contents of your heart. For years I have daily prayed these words of King David: Search me, O God, and know my heart; Try me and know my anxious thoughts; And see if there be any hurtful …

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Jonah or Hosea?

Two Ways of Doing What God Says Sometimes God asks us to do things we don’t really want to—like going and warning your mortal enemies to repent or die, or asking you to marry the last person on the planet you’d ever want to. How we respond to these unpleasant assignments has a lot to …

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