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Do you know a woman whose co-workers exclude her? Or you observe her adversaries snickering behind her back? You suspect she might be lonely, and you think you heard her cry in the bathroom when she thought she was alone. Gossip flies through the office like bees swarming from a hive. Are the stories truth […]

October 12, 2021

October 11, 2021

While I was teaching a fifth-grade class, God used Austin to remind me that God would always help me. I was waiting for an important text — one that concerned an issue I’d been praying about for a year. My phone was visible, and I glanced at it when it vibrated. When I read the […]

What are you waiting for? Something to begin or something to end?  In our instant society, we like things done fast. We often consider waiting inconvenient because it tests our patience. We wait for:  •           The right relationship  •           A new job to begin or retirement to come •            Test results  •           Babies to be […]

September 15, 2021

August 24, 2021

Since school is starting back up, I want to share my  elementary school memory/disaster.   In fourth grade, I used sugar cubes to build a replica of one of the beautiful Old California Missions. When the day arrived to take in our projects, I proudly carried mine to school. But when I moved one of […]

Have you ever had a bad day like the character Alexander did in the children’s book, “A Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day,” by Judith Viorst?  His bad day included: •            experiencing the repercussions of poor choices. •            being bombarded with unforeseen problems at the break of dawn. •            disappointment . . . again […]

August 19, 2021

August 18, 2021

Kids aren’t the only ones headed back to school. Teachers are gearing up for a new school year too. But for many of my teacher­­­­­-friends, they never did gear down. If they weren’t teaching summer school or reading camps, they have been in the classroom organizing and cleaning. Why? It’s not because they are receiving […]

“Will you be my friend?” I asked as I went from house to house in my Northern California suburban neighborhood. I wasn’t a shy 4th grader back then as I made my way around in the sweltering heat. And I’m not shy now either, although I do not solicit friends in the same way. Today […]

August 5, 2021

August 2, 2021

Have you heard about those relationship sites on the Internet where people can specify the kind of companionship they’re seeking? What David wrote about in Psalm 141 in ten verses would sound like one of these advertisements. Man Seeking Someone to: Listen to me, help me spurn sin, defend my actions, assist in guarding my […]

Why do we love David and the many Psalms he wrote? They address nearly every topic important to us: friendship, hope, fear, trust, anger, depression, suffering, strength, obedience, and so much more. But one of the most important topics was a call to action for many of us. David’s habit of praise, worship, and thanksgiving […]

July 28, 2021

July 16, 2021

Have you ever cried all day? Have you ever asked, Why does life have to be so hard? How often do you feel that way? Psalm 126:5 tells us, “Those who sow in tears shall reap with a joyful shouting.” The word sow may remind you of the farmer who sows seeds months before he […]

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