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Posts by Arlene Pellicane

Today’s Truth

Always be humble and gentle. Be patient with each other, making allowances for each other’s faults because of your love (Ephesians 4:2 NLT).

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“Lucy, did you just cut my hair???”


I was sitting, minding my own business, typing away on my computer. My four-year-old daughter Lucy had come behind me with her stool. She was using me as her life-size doll, combing my hair, pinning and braiding it.


Suddenly, I heard a snip!


I whipped around to see my preschool beautician holding a pair of scissors and one inch of my hair. She was frozen in place, caught hair-handed! It was plain to see she knew she had done something terribly wrong because her face registered shock and awe.


I wanted to react and scream at her, but she already looked so troubled. I said, “You feel bad about cutting my hair and you want

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Today’s Truth

Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end (Proverbs 29:11 NIV).

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When my two daughters were younger, I decided to use a little drama to teach a lesson about anger. I gave them the following scenario to act out:


Noelle walks into the room to discover her younger sister Lucy is wearing Noelle’s favorite dress and jewelry, prancing around like she is Cinderella.


Noelle freaks out, yelling like a crazy girl, “You can’t wear my things! Take that OFF this instant! You’re gonna be sorry!”


You can imagine that was kind of fun to act out. Next, I had them reenact the same scenario except this time, Noelle calmly says, “That is my dress. You didn’t ask to borrow it. Take it off now, and I’m going to tell mom.”


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Today’s Truth

Then he prayed, “Lord, God of my master Abraham, make me successful today, and show kindness to my master Abraham” (Genesis 24:12 NIV).

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My daughter excitedly told me she had a God-moment at church (that’s always a good thing!). She was helping the 6-year-olds who were working on drawing something they wanted. One kid drew a puppy; another drew a dragon. But one little girl didn’t draw anything at all. When my daughter asked about it, the little girl said she wanted her grandma but that her grandma had died.


Instead of only saying “Oh, I’m sorry” and moving on, my daughter asked if she could pray for her right then and there. She explained that God could do anything, including comforting her while she was sad. They prayed together and after the prayer, the little girl started drawing. The end result

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Today’s Truth

Do not follow the crowd in doing wrong. When you give testimony in a lawsuit, do not pervert justice by siding with the crowd (Exodus 23:2 NIV).

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A few years ago, I got a speeding ticket on my way home from the grocery store. I remember telling the police officer I was very sorry, but I was speeding for a good reason. My son really needed to use the restroom and my daughter was overdue for a nap. Those are good reasons, right?


I got the ticket.


I appealed to mercy but I got justice…and that’s okay. I got what I deserved. I had broken the law. Have you noticed lately how many drivers are blasting through red lights? Speeding down the road going way too fast? Ignoring stop signs? My oldest is about to get his driver’s license and I’m constantly telling him to “drive defensively”

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Today’s Truth

Our God is in heaven; he does whatever pleases him. But their idols are silver and gold, made by human hands (Psalm 115:3-4, NIV).

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About nine years ago, I wanted to convince my husband James that I needed a smartphone. I had been carrying around a flip phone for years, but I really wanted one of those shiny new smartphones.


“Why isn’t your current phone enough? Why do you need a new phone?” he asked practically.


“Um,” I mumbled like a busted teenager. “When I’m out with my friends, it’s embarrassing when I don’t have one. They all take pictures with their phones, and I’m always hoping no one notices that I keep my clunky old phone in my purse.”


James wasn’t convinced that a phone was a legitimate addition to our budget. Months later, I realized I could take credit card payments on my

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Today’s Truth

The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes (Psalm 19:8, NIV).

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Years ago, I was in the elevator in a department store with two of my kids. A young employee stood sullenly inside the elevator. With a smile on my face, I nudged my oldest to ask the employee how his day was going. Without looking up, the employee mumbled, “This is my second job today.” I empathized and said something like, “It must be very tiring to have to work two shifts. But at least you have work.” The elevator doors opened and he shuffled out lazily, never making eye contact or smiling to us once.


I decided to take advantage of that moment to teach something to my young kids. “Boy, he seemed grumpy,” I whispered. I commented

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Today’s Truth

Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up (Galatians 6:9).

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Sometimes I wonder if my work makes any difference. Have you been there before?


I have a friend Marlene who coordinates a moms support group at my church. I had donated some books for her to use as giveaways because who doesn’t love free stuff right?


The next day, I found this email from Marlene in my inbox:


I want to share something with you. I was getting anxious about my group having low attendance. This is should not have been surprising in the midst of the pandemic.  I had been praying for guidance. God blessed me at that time with your books. I know it sounds like a little detail, but for me, it’s like God was letting me know that He was working.

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Today’s Truth

Peter looked straight at him, as did John. Then Peter said, “Look at us!” So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them (Acts 3:4-5, NIV).

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My teenage son was doing homework on the computer, eyes locked on the screen. “Please set the table,” I said as I walked by.


Several minutes later, I returned to find my son in the exact same position while the table remained unset. “Didn’t you hear me?” I asked.


“Did you say something mom?” he answered.


When there’s no eye contact involved in human conversation, communication is compromised!


You don’t have to have children to recognize our preoccupation with digital devices can erode the quality of our closest relationships. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, not the posts of the beholder. Eye contact is a key ingredient in any healthy relationship.


I remember when my husband James and I were first

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Today’s Truth

From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us.

(Acts 17:26-27 NIV)

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When we were new parents, my husband James and I lovingly referred to our baby as “the lump.” Ethan was like a sack of potatoes, not moving an inch unless we helped him. Yet that lump brought us so much joy! But like any baby, he did a lot of crying.


I remember when he was about six weeks old, and he was crying and crying upstairs in his crib. I had all my parenting books cracked open. Was he hungry? Wet? Needing to be held? Too hot, too cold? Sleep deprived, I headed towards his room. He was raising the roof with his loud crying. I walked over to his crib and stood over my screaming lump.


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Today’s Truth

Sacrifice thank offerings to God, fulfill your vows to the Most High, and call on me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor me.

(Psalm 50:14-15, NIV)

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When I was in elementary school, I was afraid of a girl in my class. I was skinny. She was stocky. I was tall. She was taller. I was nerdy and wore glasses. She was an athlete. Get the picture?


To buy peace with her, I would scratch her arm in class. She would sit in front of me, push her arm back toward my desk, and I was supposed to scratch it on demand. I never wanted to get in trouble in class, so I was nervous that the teacher would not like what I was doing. But I was more nervous about my bully, so I always complied.


Giants that intimidate us come in all sorts of

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Today’s Truth

Observe the commands of the Lord your God, walking in obedience to him and revering him.

Deuteronomy 8:6, NIV

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I was excited to be at a concert with my girls, but when it began, I realized I had forgotten something very important. Earplugs! The speakers were pointed straight towards my eardrums and some serious decibels were coming at me.


I could hear the music all right, but not much else. When my daughter tried to say something to me, I couldn’t understand a word. It was too loud to hear anything but the music.


Most of us don’t attend concerts every day, but in our loud world, it’s common for us to use earbuds for music, or have background noise in our homes and cars. Sometimes our entertainment can become so loud that we no longer hear the

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"We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well…" 1 Thessalonians 2:8