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Posts by Arlene Pellicane

Today’s Truth

In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat–for he grants sleep to those he loves (Psalm 127:2 NIV).


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There’s something my husband James calls the cupcake spirit.


It all began years ago when I promised to bring cupcakes to my child’s classroom. I was up late baking those cupcakes because I didn’t have any time earlier in the day to get it done. It made perfect sense to me. I was doing it out of necessity. James thought it was a ridiculous use of time.


“Why don’t you just buy cupcakes tomorrow morning?” he asked as I fired up the oven well past 10. “I planned to make cupcakes and that’s what I’m going to do!” I huffed. Truth be told, I didn’t want to make those cupcakes, either. I just wanted to go to bed. I’m not

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Today’s Truth

Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling. Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms (1 Peter 4:9-10 NIV).

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More than two decades ago, my husband James and I lived with my parents for about a month while we were waiting to move into a new house. One of the perks of living with my mom was the magic laundry. She would take my laundry basket and not only do the laundry, she would fold every single piece of clothing meticulously. My t-shirts looked like the folded shirts you see at upscale boutiques. The items I usually toss into a drawer were tightly folded and neatly stacked. James and I called it magic laundry because we would open a drawer and our clothes would magically appear–clean, fresh, and folded.


The kicker was my mom never even complained or

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Today’s Truth

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you (James 1:5 NIV).

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You know when you get those unsolicited phone calls from telemarketers? My husband James has a funny way of dealing with them.


He picks up the phone and says cheerily, “You got the questions? We got the answers!”  That usually causes unwanted callers to hang up abruptly. Sometimes he’ll answer, “Pizza Palace, what would you like to order?” which also confuses them. But one of the funniest things he does is ask them for money. “Do you have any money I can borrow?”


Isn’t it nice that talking to God is never like that?


When we call up to heaven, He never says to an angel, “Oh no, it’s this lady again! I better make up an excuse so I don’t

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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.”


You may be

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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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"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