When Loving the Unlovable Means You

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I think that if God forgives us we must forgive ourselves. Otherwise it is almost like setting up ourselves as a higher tribunal than Him. —C.S. Lewis Forgiveness often requires us to make a choice to love the unlovable. Always a difficult task. But what happens when the unlovable one we must forgive is staring

Finishing Well

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In the days we live in, survival is not just a word in a storybook or a new program on TV—it’s a part of life. It can be a financial struggle to keep from losing everything we have worked so hard for or an emotional storm that seems to carry us farther away from the

An Excellent Wife

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The book of Proverbs ends with an acrostic poem that explains what it means to be an “excellent wife.” Does this remind you of anyone you know—one who seeks the best for her husband, is both industrious and hard-working? A friend who takes care of her household and finds success in what she puts her heart

A Very Present Help

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The Truth is, life is hard. We live in a fallen world. Even those who have been redeemed live in earthly bodies and have to deal with the realities of temptation, sin (both our own and others’), disease, loss, pain, and death. Becoming a Christian . . . does not wrap us up in some

Did You Sing Today?

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He has given me a new song to sing. —Psalm 40:3 Sing about God today. Sing before Him. Sing because of Him? I’ve been trying to do that this morning. So I dared to write a psalm—or tried to. That was my assignment from last week’s Sunday school class. “Write a poem or prayer declaring

This Weekend’s Forecast: Summer Snow

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“Summer Snow is the story about a little girl with a very big heart. Eight-year-old Hallie Benson is on a mission to change the world, and though she makes a lot of messes along the way . . . ultimately, she transforms the lives of those around her with her selfless love.” —Writer/director Kendra White.

If You’re Living With the Stress of an Overwhelmed Schedule…

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Do you ever feel a little worn down and a lot worn out? Is your schedule dictated by the requests and endless demands that rush at you each day? When more requests come, do you ever dread saying yes but feel powerless to say no? Me too. I’m so tired of living in a constant

Standing Through Your Storm

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Perhaps one of the most keenly felt aspects of disappointment is that it is so debilitating. It’s not like the fierce storm of heartbreak that sweeps in and decimates the landscape in a matter of moments. No, it’s more like a winter’s night that just won’t end. Perhaps it is two o’clock in the morning

One Step, Then Another

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God can make a way for you where nothing has seemed possible. . . . I wish I could take you by the hand and walk you to the nearest field to point you toward the horizon. To whisper, “Can you see that? Your whole life is still in front of you. Can you see

Hitting the Wrong Notes

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The year was 1970. I’ll never forget that particular spring recital. It was warm and muggy (and a bit smelly) in the old high school auditorium. There were about fifty of us in Ms. Hester’s class, and the recital seemed to last FOR-EVER. I was bored out of my gourd. About three-quarters into the event,