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Today’s Truth

In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

(Matthew 23:28, NIV)

Friend to Friend


The women were getting under my skin. Certainly, when I decided to hang-out with them, I didn’t expect their conversations to become so — “immature and juvenile”. Or, that they would loudly talk on top of one another. I expected more than surface talk.


The more I spent time with these women, the more I couldn’t help but size up which ones were “the worst offenders.” I noted how I was “spiritually better.”


I’m more mature. I’m more focused on God. I’m more of the teacher and they should learn from me.


Because of this mindset, I wanted to get away from them. I wanted to be free of their annoying ways. But, at the same time, I knew a lot was

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Today’s Truth

He (God) is so rich in kindness that He purchased our freedom through the blood of His Son, and our sins are forgiven.

(Ephesians 1:7, NLT)

Friend to Friend


It had been a rough afternoon for Hudson, our four-year-old grandson. Dan and I were keeping him and his brother Justus for a few days while our daughter and son-in-law were out of town. I know. It’s a rough job, but somebody has to do it.


I had spent a week getting ready for their visit. The checklist was complete!


The refrigerator, pantry, and snack drawer were filled with their favorite foods.


The toys were assembled and ready for action.


The bed in our guestroom was piled high with extra pillows, blankets, and stuffed animals waiting to be hugged.


Favorite books were stacked beside their bed for naps and bedtime imaginations.


Now all we needed were the boys! When we went to pick them

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Today’s Truth

“I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

(Romans 8:38-39 NIV)

Friend to Friend


“Mommy, Mommy,” Steven cried. “Don’t let them hurt me!”


My son, Steven, was about 3 years old when he contracted a severe case of the flu. His slumped body snuggled listlessly in my lap like an old, worn rag doll.


When I carried him into the medical clinic, the doctor quickly diagnosed dehydration and immediately sent us to the hospital.


My heart ripped apart as the nurses strapped my little boy onto a table and began placing IVs in his tiny arms.


“Mommy, Mommy,” Steven cried. “Make them stop! They’re hurting me.”


“No, honey,” I tried to assure him. “They’re going to make you all better.”


“Mommy, help me!”


Steven cried. I cried. The nurses cried.


I could only imagine what was going through Steven’s little

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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

Friend to Friend


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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Today’s Truth

Save us and help us with your right hand, that those you love may be delivered.

(Psalm 108:6, NIV)

Friend to Friend


Back when jelly bracelets, Aqua Net hairspray, blue eyeshadow and parachute pants were a thing, I wrestled with frustration every time radio disc jockeys talked over the beginning or ending of a song.


Why?


Because before the days of digital, I used to record songs on audio cassettes with my handy-dandy cassette recorder so I could listen at leisure.


Truth be told, we technically did have the option to buy a 45 and spin the song, but I had very little money. So instead, I’d hover my pointer finger over the red-circled record button and wait for a popular song to come on the radio.


When the music began, I’d press the magic button, then dance giddy knowing I’d soon be able

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Today’s Truth

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

(Psalm 4:8, NIV)

Friend to Friend


“What’s going to happen?”


“How will this work out?”


“Do I have the strength to get through this?”


Questions like this swirl inside her mind at the end of a hard day. Her head is on a pillow, but her heart is in another place. One that’s filled with fear, anxiety, and uncertainty.


We’ve all had nights like this one. We stare at the clock as the minutes pass by and sigh, “I used to be able to sleep like a baby.” That phrase has always sounded a little odd to me because I have lots of friends with kids and, well, their babies never seem to sleep as much as mom and dad would like.


But I think that saying comes from

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Today’s Truth

For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.

Psalm 109:22

Friend to Friend


Some dog owners teach their pups to attack, pursue or chase someone by using the command, “Sic ‘em!” This short, sharp prompt gives dogs permission to aggressively pounce on an enemy or targeted individual.


I sensed this type of request from David to God as I read Psalm 109.


My God, whom I praise,
do not remain silent,
2 for people who are wicked and deceitful
have opened their mouths against me;
they have spoken against me with lying tongues.
3 With words of hatred they surround me;
they attack me without cause.
4 In return for my friendship they accuse me,
but I am a man of prayer.
5 They repay me evil for good,
and hatred for my friendship.
(Psalm 109:1-5)


Having been betrayed by people in his community, David was furious with the

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Today’s Truth

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”

(Romans 8:1 NIV)

Friend to Friend


I sat on my back porch, wrapped in my fuzzy worn robe—the one that’s 20 old that I just can’t seem to get rid of. The birch trees waved “good morning,” and the newly planted gerbera daisies stretched their faces to the sun…just a bit higher than the day before. Then I heard him. The rooster.


ER-er-ER-er-ERRRR. I’m not sure where he lives, but it’s within earshot.


ER-er-ER-er-ERRRR. I thought of Peter. I thought of me. I thought of you.


You know the story. At the dinner table, on the night before Jesus went to the cross, he said to Peter:


“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not

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Today’s Truth

Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

(2 Corinthians 1:3-4, NIV)

Friend to Friend


The farmers market is crowded this morning. Vegetables in every color are laid out across tables like squares on patchwork quilts. Dogs on leashes strain toward each other or the enticing hydrant on the corner. Babies bask in strollers with dribbles down their chubby chins. Toddlers place one hand in Mama’s and wrap the other around organic all-fruit Popsicles.


Oh dear, there it is. The weekly tragedy. A grip loosened in a moment of forgetfulness or exuberance and that Popsicle falling down, down, down to land with a splat on the sizzling pavement.


Then the tears come, an instant river, followed by the snot and the hollering. Mama leans down, and of course, she says, “Knock it off, kid. You

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Today’s Truth

Let your conversation be gracious and effective so that you will have the right response for everyone.

(Colossians 4:6, NLT)

Friend to Friend


Dr. Seuss is one of my favorite authors. I recently read an article that said the famed children’s author loved challenges. In 1959, the co-founder of his publishing company bet Dr. Seuss that he could not write an actual book with a good story using fifty words or less. Dr. Seuss quickly accepted the bet. The result? The beloved book, “Green Eggs and Ham.” To date it has sold over 200 million copies – using only 49 words in its entirety. Dr. Seuss might be on to something.


Less is often more. When it comes to words with impact, being long-winded is not a value. But speaking the right words can be life changing.


The spoken word is powerful, and

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