Fatherly fear

Growing up, I feared my dad. He was a force to be reckoned with in our household: always decisive, always clear in his expectations, and always honest, mostly what some would consider brutally honest. However, on the very same token, with the one emotion of fear I had of him, not once did I fear …

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Grow with your gut

Typically, the saying goes, "go with your gut," and it's said and heard frequently. Can we bring this one home, though, and claim it as biblical? You betcha. But not so fast. There's more to it than simply trusting what our gut, or instinct, tells us and going along with it. There's more to take …

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Standing still

Close to a year ago, a sister by the blood of Christ lay confined to a hospital room on strict bed rest for months. As is the Christian custom, an offering of Bible verses to encourage a fellow friend involved in dire circumstances was given. One verse that seemed most appropriate was Exodus 14:14, "The …

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Remember who your friends are

"He will have no fear of bad news; his heart is steadfast, trusting in the Lord" (Psalm 112:7). I'm horrible at memorizing Scripture, but due to my sometimes overwhelming desire to know what lays ahead, so that I can plan for the worst in case it happens, this verse is now locked in. The entire …

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Things that go bump in the night

After returning home from an out of town annual reunion with a longtime friend, I hear from my husband and son that there was a ghost in the house while I was away. Apparently, there were a few curious occurrences in our son's bedroom one night: his nightlight decided to go out, followed by two …

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Deeming our donkeys

Those of us who have tunnel vision can take away a lesson from the passage about Balaam and his donkey. In Numbers 22:21-34, the story unfolds and offers us much insight into how our willingness to push our way forward, neglecting to be open to the circumstances ordained by God around us, can be blindingly …

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Sweet sound of sarcasm

The book of Job is heralded as one that gives rich biblical insight into suffering and the reasons for it; the part that Satan plays along with Job, his advice giving friends, and Job's wife. It's a loaded reference manual, but I don't intend to address the roles played by them in this post. Instead, …

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