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But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law who belonged to their sect complained to his disciples, “Why do you eat and drink with tax collectors and sinners?” Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.”

(Luke 5:30-31, NIV)

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The moving van showed up early on a Monday, a day full of sunshine and blue sky. It was the first warm day of summer, and I anticipated spending it outside welcoming the new season.


But before I could head to the back yard, a glance out my front window changed my mood in a moment: A yellow moving van sat across the street. I knew what it meant, although my heart didn’t want to believe it was true.


“They’re getting divorced,” my children had told me the day before. I ignored them, knowing how often they pick up neighborhood gossip from the various other children, only a small fraction of which ever proves true. But the moving van

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Remember the wonders he has done.

(Psalm 105:5, NIV)

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Ants have been known to ruin a picnic or two, but a while back they messed up my beach time and flustered my heart.


Yeah. I know. God made ants to live on the earth and we have to share space. I get that. I just wasn’t prepared for my first afternoon away from home to be altered by the annoyance of their small yet mighty presence.


I’d really been looking forward to vacation and wanted to relax. To sit by the shoreline, chill out in peace, and soak in the sun with my people. I wanted to enjoy the presence of God in the glory of His creation, not flick uninvited ants away from my towel and off my

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“But thanks be to God! For through what Christ has done, he has triumphed over us so that now wherever we go he uses us to tell others about the Lord and to spread the Gospel like a sweet perfume. As far as God is concerned there is a sweet, wholesome fragrance in our lives. It is the fragrance of Christ within us, an aroma to both the saved and the unsaved all around us.”

(2 Corinthians 2:14-15, TLB)

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My family and I spent nearly a decade of summer vacations camping with a group of four other families in the mountains of Pennsylvania. Although we enjoyed many other vacations as a family to National Parks and far away cities, if you asked my (now adult) children, they’d say camping was their favorite vacation destination.


One of the things which made our camping trips so memorable was our nighttime, community campfire huddles, complete with marshmallow roasting, storytelling, and a whole lot of laughter. I LOVE a good campfire! The cracking, popping logs, the warmth, the visual dance of the flames, and, of course, the SMELL!


If you’ve ever had a front row seat at a campfire, you’re probably already tracking

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For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

(2 Timothy 1:7 NIV)

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Maybe it’s when I get on the scale. Or when I see my walking shoes in the closet, where they have lived for the past two weeks, never seeing the light of day. Maybe it’s when I walk into my laundry room and see the piles (plural) of clothes that I swore I was going to get to this week. Or when I pick up a pile of mail that shamefully has been sitting on my counter for a month, only to find my even more-neglected Bible sitting under it.


“Loser.”


“Hopeless.”


“Pathetic.”


These are just a few of the many words that I have used to describe myself when, once again, I have failed at something I’ve set out to

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Today’s Truth

They overcame him [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.”

(Revelation 12:11 NIV brackets added).

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When the writers of the Old Testament penned the words to the long lists of lineages, the so-and-so begat so-and-so passages, they almost always listed men. Very rarely did a woman’s name make the list.


But when we turn the page from the Old Testament to the New Testament, we see God honoring women in a brand-new way. We get a hint that the tide is turning for women when we read the lineage of Jesus recorded in Matthew chapter one. Shockingly, in addition to Mary, four women were listed in the genealogy of Christ!


And whom should God choose to be set apart, chosen, and honored in the genealogy of His Son? Not Mrs. Noah, who must have been

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If you believe, you will receive whatever you ask for in prayer.

(Matthew 21:22, NIV)

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”A Box of Socks” has become a Christmas tradition in my life – a tradition that is well worth repeating. The prayer of a little boy meets the heart of our faithful Father – and Christmas breaks out!


My sister loves socks! One day, we were shopping and happened to walk into a department store where neither one of us could afford to buy one single thing. We were just passing through, on our way to find the bargains we could afford. With a sigh and a wistful look on her face, Betty said, “I wish I could afford to shop in this store.” When I asked her what she would buy, she immediately replied with a smile, “Socks!

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But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.

(Luke 2:19, ESV)

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On the night that divinity merged with fleshy humanity as Jesus came on the scene in a stable, things of earth were shaken and stirred with fresh glory and awesome wonder.


A host of heavenly angels appeared in the sky praising God and celebrating the arrival of the long awaited Messiah. They left their veiled existence to speak and sing to a few lowly shepherds in a field.


Wait, what? Why?


To announce the good news of great joy that came as a gift from God in a cloth-clad baby-package named Jesus. The singing sky-creatures pointed the shepherds to the swaddled Savior who was in a manger near by and urged them to go and check out the Christ child.


When the

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Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life.

(Psalm 54:4)

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I was in high school the first time I heard an atheist argue that Christians are just weak people in need of a crutch. “Jesus,” he accused, “is the crutch you lean on to get you through this life.” I was only sixteen years old, but I remember thinking, Of course He’s a crutch. Praise God for sending His Son for us to lean on, with the fullness of our fallen weight, or we’d be hobbling through this crazy life alone.


I couldn’t understand why this combative boy in my geometry class was challenging my faith with that ridiculous crutch analogy. The image of Jesus holding me up, making me able-bodied and sure-footed, only strengthened my believing heart. “You’re

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“And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.”

(1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV)

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An African boy listened carefully as his teacher explained why Christians give presents to each other on Christmas day. “The gift is an expression of our joy over the birth of Jesus and our friendship for each other,” she said.


When Christmas day came, the boy brought the teacher a seashell of lustrous beauty. “Where did you ever find such a beautiful shell?” the teacher asked as she gently fingered the gift.


The youth told her that there was only one spot on the island where such extraordinary shells could be found. When he named the place, a certain bay several miles away, the teacher was left speechless.


“Why…why, it’s gorgeous…wonderful, but you shouldn’t have gone all that way to get

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Today’s Truth

For a thousand years in your sight are like a day that has just gone by, or like a watch in the night.

(Psalm 90:4)

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There was a time I would hide in the bathroom for an ounce of quiet and reprieve. An intense time when diapers drooped, binkies bobbled and toddlers toddled all over the busy, boisterous Smith house.


Those days are gone.


My husband and I recently got all three of our young-adult children settled into college and are now figuring out how to settle into a new season with just each other. We left huge portions of our hearts in each dorm room and apartment.


Empty nest. I get why they call it that, but I don’t think it’s an empty season at all. On the contrary, it’s quite full.


Full of exciting dreams and complicated feelings.


Full of unknowns, uncertainties and unrest.


Full of stretching,

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