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Oh Me of Little Faith

“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.”  John 20:29  (NIV) Trying to define the word faith is about as difficult as trying to define the word love….or hope.  The Bible tells us in Hebrews 11:1 that “faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do

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Birthday Wishes

“The first fall of snow is not only an event, but it is a magical event.  You go to bed in one kind of world and wake up to find yourself in another quite different, and if this is not enchantment, where is it to be found?”   J. B. Priestley My birthday is in February,

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Paying It Forward

“So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you….”  Matthew 7:12 (NIV) I gave up making New Year’s resolutions about 10 years ago.  Prior to that decision I struggled every New Year’s Day with what I proclaimed I would or would not do in the coming year.  And every year,

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A Few of My Favorite Things

…I will answer their prayers and take care of them.  Like an evergreen tree I will shelter them.  I am the source of all their blessings.   Hosea 14:8b   (GNB) Good News Bible Real, live, natural decorations are one of my favorite things during the Christmas season.  I mean, what can be more beautiful than bright

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Angels in Charge

“For He shall give His angels charge over thee to keep thee in all thy ways.”  Psalm 91:11  KJV Let’s imagine that you and I are engaged in a word association game, and I say “November.”  What would be your response?  Most likely, you would say “Thanksgiving” since that is the major November event.  In

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We are Family

“Open your mouth and taste, open your eyes and see—how good God is.  Blessed are you who run to him.”   Psalms 34:8   The Message My editor at FaithShapes emailed the October/November website theme to me:  “Friends, Family, and Food”, and I immediately thought, “How true for my family.”  You see, some of my best friends

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CONFIDENCE IN CHANGE

“….I will never leave you nor forsake you.”  Joshua 1:5 KJV I am one of those folks who doesn’t embrace “change” very easily…just ask my co-workers.  My supervisor learned many years ago to slowly ease changes in my direction rather than giving me the full force effect all at once.  I tend to recoil, retreat, and

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Love Learning; Learn Loving

“…let the wise listen and add to their learning.”  Proverbs 1:5 (NIV) I am a “reader” — I love to read books, newspapers, and magazines (my college degree is in Library Science, if that tells you anything).  I prefer to read biographical books….and if it is also historical, that is even better.   I rarely read

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January: The Peace of Winter

“Now may the Lord of peace himself give you peace at all times and in every way.  The Lord be with all of you.”  2 Thessalonians 3:16 (NIV) In her book, Simple Abundance, author Sarah Breathnach had this to say about January: “January, the month of new beginnings and cherished memories, beckons.  Come, let winter

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The Joys of Christmas

  “Joy to the world; the Lord is come…” My friend and co-worker, Kathy, has the most fabulous last name:  “Joy.”  I must admit that I am rather envious; it has such a happy sound—“Mrs. Joy”…about as happy a sound as “Mrs. Claus” or “Mrs. Elf.”  On the down side, Kathy knows that when Christmas and