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When Faith is Lost

“Those who do not have faith lose their ability to reason.” ~ Father of Covington Catholic School student accosted by adult Native American and Black Hebrew Israelite activists during the March for Life, January 20, 2019. Have you noticed? Reason seems to be in very short supply, not only in our own darkening culture, but around the world. One would only have to read back through the annals of history to know it’s true: When holiness is rejected, reason is lost. New York Governor Andrew…

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Sometimes You Just Have to Dance

Sometimes you just have to dance in a field. Don’t you love it when God gives you a message that’s so beautiful and clear you know it came from Him? A few weeks ago He spoke this one through my young friend Alexis. You’ve met her in these pages before. He knows I treasure her adventurous spirit and am always so grateful to see His hand in her life. That week had been a hard one for her. She’d been working through some difficult life…

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Hope and a Future

I had coffee Wednesday morning with the hope God promises in Jeremiah 29:11. Her name is Alexis and I’m so privileged to share a tiny part of her story. I love watching our Father work in her life, and I’m blessed by how she responds to His hand. We talked about the trip she took to California right before Christmas. She and her friend Brook had decided to share a grand adventure for their birthdays, only a few days apart. Brook dreamed of spending hers…

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Autumn Along the Lane

Autumn in Missouri is such a beautiful season―such a welcome re-awakening after the hot, deadening days of late summer. It’s a time for long walks and Sunday afternoon drives… when bright days seem as crisp as the leaves that begin filling the yard… when cool mornings whisper “just a few more minutes under the covers” and evening comes too early… when fleecy afghans wait on the sun room recliners and a cheery fire crackles in the fireplace… when outside, squirrels dart here and there gathering…

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Life is Hard…

“Life is hard and then you die and then they sell your clothes.” It’s a Mac-ism that always makes people laugh in spite of themselves. I love my husband’s sense of humor. You’ve probably seen him—he’s the one who stops to talk to every baby in the restaurant, and anyone else who seems remotely friendly. He’s the one servers in a dozen Joplin restaurants remember: how important it is to keep his coffee cup filled; how he always requests a “pig box” for the pot-bellied…

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Finding God Faithful

It’s called Holy Week. This week Christians honor the sacrifice of the Lamb of God, where history converges in a bloody cross on a rocky hill and the Redeemer of the world declares, “It is finished;” (John 19:30) It’s when demons tremble and we rejoice that eternity radiates from an empty tomb, where the angel waits to declare, “He has risen.” (Mark 16:6) It seems fitting that the sin and rebellion that began in The Garden is defeated once for all in a garden… Of…

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Did God Really Say…?

I. Hate. Daylight Saving Time! What possible excuse is there for it in this day and age? It may have made some sense when we were an agrarian society, when farmers needed every hour of daylight they could get (though to be honest I’ve ever figured out how moving an hour of darkness from one end of the day to the other “saves” even one minute of daylight), but now all it seems to accomplish is to discombobulate time clocks and body clocks and make…

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Of Twinkling Lights and Silver Bells

I love Christmas! All the sights and sounds and fragrances and activities of the season fill my heart with delight, even on the darkest days. It’s just before dawn, my very favorite time of day. The living room is quiet, illuminated only by lights twinkling on the mantle and Christmas tree. Logs I just added to last night’s embers are actually cooperating, adding their crackling warmth. And I’m so grateful for this time. I know there’s pain and suffering and sorrow all around—we certainly have…

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Remembering Issachar

Don’t you love it when a “random” passage of scripture unexpectedly reaches out to grab your imagination—and insists you pay attention? Around the time God led me to begin the Salt & Light Ministry at College Heights I “stumbled” over an obscure little passage in Chronicles that embedded itself in my reasoning and just would not let go. I Chronicles 12:32 introduced me to the sons of Issachar, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do. Though Issachar was one of the sons…

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About Election 2016…

Sometimes life just seems almost too big to manage, doesn’t it! Kinda like the giant rocker at Branson’s Grand Village. Or this absolutely horrendous, enormously consequential, stomach-turning election. It’s hard to even get one’s head around our current state of affairs. My heart breaks to see “the land of the free and the home of the brave” becoming more and more lawless and corrupt; to watch our people mindlessly accepting the tyranny of political correctness and divisive rhetoric. It’s hard not to wonder if America…

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