Over the last several decades, we have heard our time period called an age of anxiety. Some say that anxiety comes largely from our inability to express our deepest emotions. It makes sense th…

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Have you ever lost hope when you saw no resolution to distressing problems? Perhaps our answers fall somewhere in the middle because we realize the necessity of hope and the pain of watching i…

I frequently see articles in which writers encourage us to be aware of our surroundings and to focus on listening and silence. Some people enjoy the world around them and gain strength from ob…

Why is it so easy for me to go through my week and realize I've not prayed once unless it was for my food? In my life, I’ve had seasons where prayer was as natural as breathing and others that…

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In Genesis, when God spoke the covenant to Abraham that he would become the father of nations, God gently told him not to be afraid. Angels appeared to Mary and Joseph regarding the birth of J…

Those who know me may disagree, but I’m not a total grinch when it comes to Christmas. Granted, I’m not the first one to decorate and put up a Christmas tree. We don’t light up the neighborhoo…

When the choir sang “Do You Hear What I Hear?” I loved the special emphasis on the phase: “He will bring us goodness and light.” The singers concluded by lifting their voices in crescendo with…

“Don’t keep sweeping your troubles under the rug, for someday you’ll trip over it.” — Taylor Wapaha

Some people say that they could enjoy listening to Christmas music all year long. I hold the view that our anticipation for these festive sounds helps make them even better. Also, many songs e…

As the temperatures get colder during this season, I often find myself riding the stationary bike at the Family Y rather than the North Augusta Greeneway. While I’m riding in the mornings I of…

“The whole idea of compassion is based on a keen awareness of the interdependence of all these living beings, which are all part of one another, and all involved in one another.” Although theo…

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The word “miracle” has been coming to my mind a lot this year. You may be thinking, “Well, of course it has because this year needs a miracle.” But it’s been more than that. I read two books d…

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I believe that gratitude enriches our lives and helps those around us. When we witness genuine gratefulness in others, we receive encouragement to look at our own lives in new and more gratefu…

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I saw a quote recently that said, “Don’t let bad days trick you into thinking you have a bad life.” I sat thinking about that quote for a while and it really resonated with me. I thought about…

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“Be grateful; give thanks; eat pie.” I saw these words on a yard marker, and they prompted me to feel gratitude for the positive signs and banners in our area. What if someone posted a sign wo…

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¿Alguna vez ha tenido una meta que le pareció que estaba tardando una eternidad en lograr? Recientemente terminé mi carrera, y aunque estoy muy feliz, no puedo olvidar cómo a veces sentí que n…

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When religious leaders approached Jesus with a question about paying taxes, he knew that they wanted to set a trap for him. If he affirmed the responsibility to pay tribute to Caesar, some wou…

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The year was 1999. My wife, Jennifer, and I lived in a small rural town in Ohio. It was a hot, uneventful summer day. The thought of Christmas was nowhere on Jennifer’s agenda. It was, however…

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An observant neighbor called the homeowners who were out of town for the weekend to report someone moving around in their yard. It appeared that the individual did not arrive in an automobile,…

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We knew when we ordered the bench that we would need to assemble it, but we did not expect to receive an incorrect part. Although the replacement item arrived quickly, the workmanship lacked p…

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One of my favorite games growing up was hide-and-seek. I loved being chased around by whoever was “it” and beating them to the base. It is exciting and sometimes scary to be chased down. But t…

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“If we lose love and self respect for each other, this is how we finally die.” Maya Angelou’s strong words sum up the negative consequences of disrespect. Can a person have respect for individ…

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There was a darkness that came over my home seven years ago and shattered my heart. It tore apart my family at the seams and devastated my marriage. It was a darkness called sin and although I…

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In a close football game, fans can relax when they see their well-protected quarterback take a knee and allow the clock to run out in order to preserve the win. Although this victory formation…

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Scooby-Doo and Shaggy, Woody and Buzz Lightyear, even Lloyd and Harry from Dumb and Dumber, all prove true what many of us believe: we need and want friends.

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Almost every day I enjoy reading a few comic strips and benefit from the humor and lighthearted perspective they provide. An example of this occurred when the parson observed Doc treating the …

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Have you ever wondered why the thing that churches do on Sunday mornings is called a worship service? Are we really worshiping? And who are we serving? Unfortunately, too many churches have be…

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We often describe the autumn season as an in-between time when we do not have extremely hot or cold temperatures. While this view contains some truth, we know that we can never say never about…

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When I was in my late 20s, I decided to go back to school to get my masters degree in clinical counseling. My second year into school I started an internship at an outpatient hospital. Up unti…

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I heard a statement that resonates in my heart: “When we admit to something that is bothering us, we begin to heal and we can move on and learn from it.” This reminds us that we often use much…

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”Sometimes we're so concerned about giving our children what we never had growing up, we neglect to give them what we did have growing up.” — James Dobson

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Do you have everything you need? Some might say absolutely not! Some may say yes. When we think of our needs, some consider having their basic needs like food and shelter as having everything …

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What do you do with those leftover biscuits from yesterday’s dinner? I remember my mother slicing the biscuits in half the next day and adding butter before placing them under the broiler for …

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We can all agree this has been a less-than-ideal year for most of us. We’ve been disappointed, stretched and challenged. I also think we’ve had to examine our own lives in a deeper way. The hu…

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I have to confess that I’m an '80s music junkie. In my humble opinion, the best music ever produced was in the 1980s. A one-hit wonder in the early '80s was a song titled “Cruel to Be Kind” by…

The staffer at Yellowstone National Park stated that Wyoming contains 97% of the park while the states of Idaho and Montana claim 2% and 1% respectively. I remembered the old Sanka commercials…

The devotional writer pointed out that God sustains us as our lives take us to new places and experiences. Youngsters just starting school and those making transitions to middle and high schoo…

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We live in a noisy world. There’s noise everywhere. Even as I sit in a “quiet” place to write this, I hear the noise of a ceiling fan creaking, the distant but distinct roar of an occasional v…

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