There Is No Spiritualizing This One

And it came to pass in those days, the wife was harried, and the husband bombarded. Time was ticking like a clock, calendar pages flipped like a fan and a list of one million and two things-to-do grew. Deadlines loomed. Expectations overwhelmed. Sharks were in the water. I plopped down my money, paid for the […]

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When Faithfulness is Truly Great

The crowd raises to its feet around the auditorium, a representation of a myriad of countries. Former missionaries who served in Brazil, Mali and Russia stand to sing. An elderly man, his hair so white it looks like snow sits stooped in a wheel-chair. His wife is gone now. I wonder if it still hurts […]

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When the Dots Don’t Line Up

Sometimes the dots line up, and we connect one to the other and the picture is clear. We see what God was trying to do and we say, “Oh, I get it. That’s why that had to happen that way.” That’s why the tire was flat. That’s why I got sick. That’s why I lost […]

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Silvery Words

My children had some hefty arguments when they were young. Words became darts. “She said,” “He said” often spiraled into something I had to step into. I needed to… Read the full devotional at ToddStarnes.com

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Can you find joy in what you don’t enjoy?

Tired and worn after a difficult meeting, I’m eager to be home. The sight that greets me when I open the door is a dirty pan and a dish with lunch scraps. “At least he could have…. Read the Rest of the Article at The Glorious Table Photo credits  Scott Umstattd

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Three things Harvey and Irma Teach us About Prayer

“…He does according to His will in the army of heaven and among the inhabitants of the earth.” Daniel 4:35; NKJV In anticipation of what could be one of the worst storms of modern history, I heard some interesting responses from the Christian community. They’ve been rolling through my mind like a tumbleweed, spurring more […]

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When Blame Hits the Fan

It hits my life again. That inevitable desire to connect my circumstances with the actions of another and search for blame. “That woman you gave me,” Adam complained when confronted with his sin. And the woman, “It was the snake for goodness sake.” It’s like an ugly cord woven through the heart of humanity.  It’s […]

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What’s Hiding

I walked around the room with a rubber duck in my hand. I laid it in plain sight on a shelf of the book case. It’s classic yellow face and orange bill pointed to the door where my daughter would skip through in a few seconds. I smiled in anticipation. “Heidi,” I called, “Come find […]

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Are You a Good Lover?

I’m not a good lover. Let me pause before you think I just handed you more information than you care to receive, like a bad Facebook post. Here is what I mean: I don’t know how to love like Christ loved. I simply can’t reach it. I know this because.. Read the rest of the […]

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Redefine Your Roses

We are celebrating forty-three years of marriage. All you math people stop it. Just stop. It is a long time, that’s the point. I have spent forty-three years trying to figure out that “man that God gave me.” I do not think the same way he does. We see things differently. His reactions contrast mine […]

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