God Remembers His People

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She was young, eager, and giving life her all. For justice and compassion for the voiceless, she stood tall. But long she’d waited for promises to be fulfilled. She grew weary until she remembered her God was good willed. Have you ever felt the way this girl did? I recently heard a song that says, “[It] feels like standing on a runway watching everybody else fly by.” Can’t life feel like that at times? You look up quizzically wondering if God has forgotten you. Sometimes …

Mom I’m Pregnant

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Mom, I am Pregnant

You see your daughter’s number on the caller ID and you happily reach for the phone. She is a busy college student, and the calls are not as frequent as they were in her freshman year. After you say hello, there is a pause. Then she says, “Mom, are you sitting down?” Your mother’s intuition kicks in and you immediately know this is not going to be a good phone call. You tell yourself, “Get a grip. She says, “Mom, I’m pregnant.” She is pregnant! You …

Those Remarkable Shepherds

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The scene was set for the most remarkable night in all of history. So what were the shepherds doing that made them so remarkable? They were doing what they were supposed to be doing: keeping watch over their flocks at night. I think the shepherds can teach us a lot about doing the everyday tasks with joy. Their obedience and steadfastness can inspire us to keep on keeping on. They were certainly transformed by their experience there in the field  outside Bethlehem. Read it with …

Eden’s Gift

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But Jesus called the children to him and said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. – Luke 18:16 During December I look forward to opening the mail at home. It seems like the one time of year when there is more “happy” mail than bills! The same thing is true at Hope Women’s Centers. Last week I was opening the mail and came across a check from a foundation …

Gift of the Magi

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I have a thing about nativity sets. I probably have 8 or 10 that I set up in various spots around my home, starting the day after Thanksgiving. Setting them up and arranging the figures each year is just as much a part of Christmas to me  as decorating the tree and spending time shopping for my family. I am fascinated by the wise men. Every year when I put them near the stable, I feel guilty because I know they probably were not part of the …