Spiritual Rest Doesn’t Ignore Physical Rest

Early one morning I heard shouts coming from my father’s bedroom. “No!” he argued in his sleep. “Go!” Dementia had affected my father’s mind and a night’s rest was unpredictable for the entire family.    I struggled to open my eyes, but within seconds, my husband said, “I’ll take care of him—go ahead and sleep.” With a grateful sigh, I

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God’s Light Can Pierce My Darkness

In 1965, New York City experienced a significant blackout and more than 30 million people were left without electricity. I was seven, and my thoughts were on missed episodes of Mr. Ed and Flipper while my family searched for flashlights and candles. I looked out the window, and my entire neighborhood had disappeared except for a few houses illuminated by

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How Do We Live Well?

Wellness is not easy to achieve because it involves change. Our circumstances can make it difficult, even painful, to try. So how do we live well? Perhaps we can narrow our search by looking at scripture.  Beloved, I pray that in all respects you may prosper and be in good health, just as your soul prospers 3 John 1:2 New

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When Life Becomes a Spiritual Obstacle Course

Have you ever found yourself faced with a huge obstacle? Sometimes, it’s hard to see Jesus at work when life becomes a spiritual obstacle course. Nevertheless, we know He’s there, and often Jesus will use a simple story to bring great truth.      I recently read the familiar passage about Zacchaeus, the tax collector, in Luke 19: 1-10. You

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Fan or Follower

If Jesus walked the earth today, would He have an online presence on Facebook or Twitter? I don’t think so, but the thought made me consider, am I a fan, or a follower, of Jesus? In social media the words fan and follower often are interchangeable. They represent a community linked by a common interest.     As Christians, it’s hard

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