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Night intruders and wrong conclusions

It’s 9:27pm Saturday, and a small car you don’t recognize stops at your neighbor’s house. Her place has been dark and quiet all evening. You figure the sweet retired widow is visiting her son on the other side of town. Instead of parking on the...

When you have to say goodbye

I’m going to be completely honest here. I don’t always respond well to change. Almost never, in fact. Even when the change is a good, God-ordained change. My firstborn son left for college last week, and I had prepared myself for a difficult goodbye. I...

When your life is too messed up to fix

Have you ever felt that your life was too much of a mess to ever be fixed? A couple weeks ago, I turned my daycare kiddos loose with a few packages of new sidewalk chalk. They took great delight in “decorating” the front of my daycare shed. In a matter of...

When God doesn’t give grace

  “I could never go through something like that.” “What if it happens to me?” “How do you cope? I’d never be able to. I’m not strong enough.” “I don’t know how you do it. I wouldn’t be able to keep...

Seeds of Salvation in Farmer’s Valley

What do a horse, an Army surplus Chevy, and a travelling evangelist have in common? The answer may surprise you. God used all three of these to orchestrate the salvation story of my life–to bring me to Jesus. It all started in a little community in the rolling...