Real Lessons from Real Life

Remembrance…and Gratitude

I grew up in a world at war. One of my earliest memories was praying with my mother for “the soldiers and sailors overseas.”

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The Final Word

No matter how dark things look in the world or my own life, God is still in control.

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A Hard Winter and the Sixth Man

But ask any coach how much better his team plays when the stadium is full of cheering fans. They can make the difference between winning and losing.

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Chosen

It was the worst moment of the worst Time of my life.

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But Would I?

Suppose Jesus came to you, not in church with the bells ringing, but smack in the middle of a messy Monday…

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A Flea-Bitten Thanksgiving

What happens if we’re not surrounded by full grain bins and root cellars stacked with food, but problems, disappointments, trouble? What if we don’t see blessings…but fleas?

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His Job; His Glory

I might want to produce the fruit of the Spirit in my life but I can’t. I must “dwell” in Him–remain closely attached to the Lord and let Him fill me with the water and nutrients I need.

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God’s Home …and Mine

No major problems, really, but just enough to take the edge off my faith, my joy, my optimism. Honestly, I didn’t expect much when we went to church, but that’s when God seems to do His best work.

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A Feast is Coming

My mother used to say, “Old age isn’t for sissies.” The older I get, the more I realize she was right. Aging is a season of loss: loss of friends, one after another, loss of ability, agility, strength, loss of the things I used to do and enjoy. The latest one came...

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And Perfectionism

What I slowly began to understand is that perfection is a gift, not an achievement. If, by chance, I do happen to do something perfectly, I can enjoy the moment and thank God for it, but should not expect to repeat it.

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The Other Side of the Mountain

I’ve learned you can’t live on a mountain-top, even a good one like that. I also know the Enemy redoubles his efforts when you’ve had such an experience. There’s nothing he likes better than to steal our joy.

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The Little Team that Could

In a year when all the news seems so ugly, it’s wonderful to have some good, honest fun. Stories like Loyola’s are why I watch all those games in the first place.

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Margaret

Margaret Emerson died last week. I’ve been blessed with many friends over my lifetime and loved them all, but few changed my life. Margaret did.

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The Miracle of Love

Jane’s story was so depressing and devoid of hope that I had to set the book aside for a while. Last night, however, I picked it up again, only to discover…a miracle!

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Mrs. Jenkins and Me

I’ll confess I have always been frightened and repulsed by the poor and the outcast…But seeing through eyes of mercy and compassion is a start.

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