Toastmasters

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Make good on your commitment to the Lord by preparing to share your experiences with those who might not understand how you have survived your struggles. Always be ready to...

New Tricks

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I praise you, Lord, because of the awesome, unique way that you created me. You did wonderfully well, and my whole being knows and declares this truth. — Psalm 139:14...

My Best Friend

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When I was in the third grade, I had a best friend at church. We ran and played together. Not inside the church, of course. Back then, we had no...

God Is So Beautiful

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“Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” That saying has been around for a long time, dating back to at least the late 1800s. It says that beauty varies...

God Helps Those Who . . .

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In an evening Bible study, the topic turned to faith and prayer and what we can do to gain God’s favor. The leader said, “Doesn’t God help those who help...

Excited about the Gifts

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If I paused long enough to think about what God has given to me, I should be overwhelmed with gratitude. Unfortunately, my focus on what I don’t have can easily...

Nativity from a Child’s Point of View

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Maya Angelou, bestselling author of I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, says, “By the time we are three or four years old, someone has knocked creativity out of us.”...

Home for Christmas

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When I was a kid, Santa came to our house, which was the most fun when my grandparents were there. After I was married, gifts were piled around the tree...

Putting Up Christmas Lights

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In late November, usually a weekend just before Thanksgiving, I get to hang Christmas lights on the roof line. At my age, why do I do that? Maybe I want...

Is Giving Better than Getting?

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When I was in the third grade, my dad was among the preachers who didn’t make much money. With Christmas approaching, he often said I’d be getting a bundle of...