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Helping each other up

I was running on a treadmill across the gym from a weight-lifting club. (I used voice-to-text to get my devotional thoughts down on my…

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Fathers matter!

Father’s Day is a little less sentimental than Mother’s Day, and people seem more prone to laugh at Dad’s foibles than praise him for…

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A father who makes the Lord his trust

“Blessed is the man who makes the Lord his trust” (Psalm 40:4 ESV). In addition, blessed is the family of the man who makes…

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Never give up

Irene came of age during the Great Depression—a young mother before WWII. Her marriage was fraught with neglect and abuse as she raised her…

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Don’t be stupid

A little boy once asked me if a lot of people read the things I write. When I told him that sometimes my words…

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Convicted yet forgiven

When my boys were younger, I took them to swimming lessons. One day I talked about my church to another mom. She responded, “I…

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Your group and more fruit

There’s an obscure but incredible reference in the Bible to the power of doing life together with other Christians. Psalm 133 says that God’s…

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God’s weird (but beautiful) Word

Psalm 133 might be the weirdest/most beautiful analogy in the Bible. It says that living in unity with God’s people “is like precious oil…

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Toxic friendships

I attended a leadership conference as a senior in high school. The speaker focused greatly on the importance of friendships. He kept repeating, “Show…

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Blessings, not burdens

I was at the grocery store with my three kiddos when the cashier scanned the three bottles of wine I was buying for a…

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Cabin fever

Winter in the north is hard on machinery and people. Winter stops being crisp really fast. Ice-cold things grind slowly if they grind at…

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Thanksgiving memoir

“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of…