Lord, Teach Us to Pray

Think about your good friends. How many conversations have you had over the last year? How many events have you attended together? In each conversation or at each event, you learned a bit more about your friend, right?

Prayer, at its core, is a relationship-building tool—a way to build and ...
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Surprised by My Daughter

Imagine a strawberry cheesecake without cream cheese. Or brownies cooked without oil. (Hint: they will look normal but actually be as hard as bricks. Trust me.)

So, what ingredients make friendships delicious? And if omitted would leave them bland and hard to swallow? Certainly time.

This ...
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Messy Crazy Grief

For many of you, today will involve visiting a grave. Others of you may not visit a grave but your mind will wander back to memories of a loved one now gone from this earth.

As I’ve talked with some of you who have recently lost a loved one, I hear the ache in your voice. You talk of the ...
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My father-in-law died this week, a little more than a year since my mother-in-law passed.  The year without his beloved Rose Marie was torture for him.  He spoke of her often and of his desire to be united with her.

He left peacefully on a Tuesday evening, surrounded by his children.  My ...
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Lullabies and Groaning

The hospital is a crazy place of beginnings and endings. This one has a tradition of playing Lullaby over the public announcement system every time a new baby is born. The tune is in sharp contrast to the groans and grimaces of my father-in-law. Nearly a year to the day that my mother-in-law passed ...
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Enjoying Growing Older

I was raised in the 1960s during a time of great civil unrest. We were taught to not trust anyone over 30.

That works great when you are 19, 20, 21 … but when you approach 31, 40, 50 …. You need a new belief system!

Growing older is a party to be enjoyed. Here’s why:

  1. You ...
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Battling with My Brain

My brain and I have a special relationship. Of course we’ve been together a long time so we have grown close. We know each other well.

My brain and I are in a constant state of arguing. We fight over every decision that needs making. Trying to decide what to have for dinner can end in an ...
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