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For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do (Ephesians 2:10 NIV.)

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I didn’t know her well, but one thing that stood out about her was her words. A constant stream of unwanted and unsolicited critique flowed from her lips. It often made the person on the receiving end feel small. Honestly, it was confusing.


One day we just happened to be at the same event. This woman had a family member with her. When the event ended, the woman jumped in to help clean up. I couldn’t help but notice how the older family member shadowed her, critiquing her every move. Nothing she did seemed to be right.


Oh, that’s where it came from.


This not only gave me insight but compassion for her. Isn’t it crazy how we hold on to,

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“They triumphed over him [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony; they did not love their lives so much as to shrink from death” (Revelation 12:11 NIV).

Friend to Friend


Poor Daddy. He just couldn’t shake it. Shame weighed him down like a dead body strapped to his back. No matter how many times I told him that God loved and accepted him just the way he was, he couldn’t believe it. That kind of grace was unfathomable, unthinkable, unbelievable . . . especially for a man like him.


How does a body get so low he feels there’s no getting out of the hole he’s dug? How does a soul see beyond the wrong done to him and through him? How does a pierced heart heal when the knife still turns in tender flesh?


I’ve shared how the home I grew up in was lashed with angry outbursts, violent

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Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name (Psalm 86:11, NIV).

Friend to Friend


“Mom! We have to go buy sponge rollers! They’re incredible! Last night, before we went to bed, Mrs. Robertson rolled our hair in sponge rollers and when we woke up this morning our hair was curly!”


My flaxen-haired little girl bounced with uncontainable effervescence.


“Wow! That’s exciting, Kennedy,” I replied amused. “I used sponge rollers when I was a little girl too… but I wasn’t a big fan. They made my head hurt when I laid down. Are you sure you want sponge rollers?”


“Yes, mom! I loved having curly hair! It was so great. We just have to get some!”


So, the very next day we went to the store and got us some.


Fast forward to that evening. I gave her

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But as for me, how good it is to be near God! I have made the Sovereign Lord my shel-ter, and I will tell everyone about the wonderful things you do (Psalm 73:28, NLT).

Friend to Friend 


I brushed my teeth but tried not to move. If I did, I might interrupt her.


I’d grown so fond of these moments. My baby girl, quickly gaining her independence, had made a habit of sitting on my feet. It might be while I cooked dinner or when I stood over the counter to consult my day planner or even sometimes while I brushed my teeth in the morning. What I was doing didn’t really matter to her. She just sought me out and settled in, right on top of my feet. Out of all my six children, she was the only to ever do anything like this. And I treasured every moment.


In today’s truth, the psalmist expresses how

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Faithful are the wounds of a friend (Proverbs 27:6, NIV).

Friend to Friend


Before Dan and I were married, I noticed several rough edges that needed to be sanded away and felt like I was just the one who could do it. After all, that’s what wives are for, right?


After a few months of marital bliss, during which I was fine-tuning my “Fix Dan Plan,” a seed of discontent took root and began to grow.


The strength I had so admired in Dan now seemed like stubbornness.


His ability to take a complicated issue, dissect it, and boil it down to a three-step-plan now seemed patronizing and sometimes even meddlesome.


What I had once embraced as his devotion to me now seemed like his need to control me.


It was time for the execution of

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Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you (Ephesians 4:31-32, NIV).

Friend to Friend
We spend a lot of time keeping chickens out of our house.


We built them their own coop and yard with an enclosed fence so they have plenty of room to wander. They are living their best chicken life.


But sometimes, that’s just not enough for them. Our four chickens truly believe they deserve to be “indoor chickens.”


Recently, when we left the door open for a moment, our beautiful but not-so-bright girl, Truffles, literally leaped at the opportunity to run into our kitchen.


Then she had no idea what to do with herself.


You could see the panic in her eyes as she evaded capture and flung herself against the sliding glass door in our kitchen nook. “Get me out of here!

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“Don't copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God's will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect" (Romans 12:2 NLT).

Friend to Friend


I met my husband at a Bible Study in college and quickly learned that he was a very frugal, industrious, and resourceful young man. On our first date, he came to pick me up in his ten-year-old Volkswagen Beetle that he had purchased for $725. He says it was yellow. I say it was beige. Regardless of the color, this fine piece of machinery had several not-so-fine features.


It had no air conditioner, no defroster, and…wait for it…no speedometer. The speedometer broke when the odometer hit 200,000 miles and never left 0 again. So how did he know how fast he was driving? He paced himself according to the speed of the cars around him, and he knew when

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“Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you” (Colossians 3:13, NIV).

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I was doing something nice, but I had to pay for it.


It all started when I glanced out my house window. I saw a group of kids walking home from the pool, including my friend’s daughter. Their house is far. Trying to be loving, I ran outside and offered to drive them home.


The only issue was, after dropping them off at their house I noticed, someone soaked a library book in the car. When I returned it to the library, they said I would have to pay for it.


This was frustrating. I would have to pay for it. Now, I owed money for this mistake, even though it wasn’t my mistake. Of course, I know, in the grand

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I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me (Philippians 3:12, NIV).

Friend to Friend


The race started like any other race: runners at the starting line, fans in the stands, excitement, and anticipation thick in the air. But this race was a big one. An indoor track and field conference championship for the collegiate women’s 600-meter run.


At the sound of the gun, the runners took off – each with a heart longing to win the race – each competing fiercely for the prize. Just three quick laps stood between the four athletes and their destinies. It was clear from the beginning this race would be tight.


My family and I watched online as the long and lean runners vied for the lead. In unison, we gasped with horror when, as they began the

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Let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. (Hebrews 12:1-2, NIV)

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My feet hit the pavement in a slow, steady rhythm. I am not fast. I am not graceful. But I like how stress rolls off me along with the sweat from my forehead, the way my favorite songs match the beat of my heart, and the satisfaction of discovering I’m capable of more than I first thought.


The sky spreads blue above me, and I’m content. Then I see another runner with a smooth, speedy stride I can hardly fathom, and suddenly I feel like I’m not doing anything right. My peace and contentment vanish. Have you ever felt the same?


You love the home you have until you see someone else’s fancy renovation.


You’re happy with your marriage until you

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