A Thankful Life by Sue A. Fairchild

A THANKFUL LIFE By Sue A. Fairchild     Nine days ago my mom turned seventy-five and, for that, I’m thankful. Yes, seventy-five is a huge milestone in a person’s life, but, for my mom, it’s an even bigger accomplishment. Over thirty years ago, she was diagnosed with emphysema and given only a year to live. Her doctor at the time failed to educate himself on this pulmonary disease and…

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Grateful for the Pain by Normandie Fischer

GRATEFUL FOR THE PAIN Normandie Fischer   Pain can shatter us, toss us off a cliff, and render us immobile. Or it can hone and refine us. I recently read the words of a man who discovered he had a horrible form of cancer. Although his disease was incurable and soon-to-be terminal, he rejoiced. He knew the end of the story. How did he get from the pain to the…

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Everyday Courage by Terra Lynee

Everyday Courage By Terra Lynee   This is a year when so many people have demonstrated extraordinary courage—from Houston to Puerto Rico and from California to Las Vegas. Witnessing extraordinary courage has led me to think about something I am thankful for, and that is everyday courage. We all have it. To me, an example of everyday courage is an employee who goes to work each day in a job…

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Humble Thyself: 7 Steps to Resolve Conflict by Susan K. Stewart

Humble Thyself: 7 Steps to Resolve Conflict By Susan K. Stewart A recent undercurrent of discontent infected our congregation. I’d developed a terrible attitude about the situation, and I sat trying to be attentive for the sermon titled: Resolution: The Mathew Solution. I missed it.   During the following week, God led me to James 4:7-10. My heart opened to the clear steps to resolving conflict.   Submit to God…

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Charlotte’s Garden by Shirley Johnson

Charlotte’s Garden By Shirley Johnson   Charlotte loved to work in her garden in the morning. She could hear the morning birds greet the day with a song. The refreshing dewdrops found rest upon the garden. The flowers seemed to smile back at the sun.   Charlotte worked hard at maintaining the presentation and growth of the garden. She knew with the proper care it would not only look beautiful,…

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So You Want to be a Sheep? Maureen Hager

So You Want to be a Sheep? By Maureen Hager   Sheep are mentioned in the Bible more than any other animal; symbolically they refer to God’s people. All the sheep that belong to the shepherd are of one flock.   God has many names; each one describes an attribute of His character. A favorite name is Yahweh-Rohi – The Lord, Our Shepherd. Here is the description of the relationship…

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