Posts Tagged "mercy"

A Need For Rest

Posted by on Jul 16, 2018 in Articles | 6 comments

A Need For Rest

Beautiful and warm have been the norm this summer. I can hear the birds singing outside my office window.  A family of squirrels is chattering to one another in the branches of the trees.  The breeze rustles the leaves.  It’s all so peaceful, relaxing.  Well, now it is.  My day didn’t start out that way.   Sleep doesn’t come easily to me.  I average about 5 hours a night.  Some nights I get 6, other nights only 3 or 4.  Last night was one of my 3-hour-nights.  I woke up tired and cranky. I had to drag myself out of bed, force myself to the kitchen, and wrestle with my...

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Hope in Nicaragua: Hugs From Little Children

Posted by on Nov 11, 2017 in Articles | 5 comments

Hope in Nicaragua: Hugs From Little Children

“She extends her hand to the poor; yes, she reaches out her hands to the needy. Proverbs 31:20     Garbage littered the streets.  Homes were made out of metal sheeting.  Sewage ran down the road.  Laundry was draped over wire fencing.  Home after home, street after street, the further out we drove from Managua, the more poverty we witnessed.  We were going to a primary school to serve lunch and work with the children.  “What will the school be like?” I wondered as I witnessed the gradual decline outside the window of our shuttle.   I thought I’d prepared myself...

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Scales of Truth

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Articles | 0 comments

Scales of Truth

“Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.” I John 4:1     The last couple of weeks have been, well, frustrating.  I had hoped that after the election, the hate and division would begin to taper off.  It has instead become worse.  Lies and half-truths are being spread – and believed – by people on both sides of the issues we face in our country.  We aren’t waiting to learn the whole truth about a situation before we start accusing each other of all sorts of...

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Overflowing with Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 24, 2016 in Articles | 2 comments

Overflowing with Thanksgiving

Ribbons of sunlight and slight patches of blue push through the clouds.  Gray skies, gusting winds, freezing temperatures, and steady, blowing snow have held me hostage.  Nearly four feet of snow fell in less than 48 hours.  The calendar may still say “Autumn,” but the picture outside my window definitely says “Winter.”  The snow clings to every leafless, barren branch.  The cold bites through layers of clothes.   The sunlight and blue sky, while sparse, are comforting.  I close my eyes and whisper “Thank you, Lord, for the sun and blue sky.”   I open my eyes and...

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Greater Than the Grains of Sand

Posted by on Jul 14, 2016 in Articles | 3 comments

Greater Than the Grains of Sand

“How precious to me are Your thoughts, God!  How vast is the sum of them!  Were I to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand; when I awake, I am with you.”  Psalm 139:17-18     Do you ever wonder what God sees in you?  Or, what He sees in any of us, really?  I do.  I look in the mirror and wonder “what is there about this face and this personality that makes God think about me?  Who am I, that God would even WANT to think about me?”   You, see I know me.  I’m not a beauty, I’m plain by the world’s standards.  I don’t always think about...

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