Monday, November 30th, 2020

Learning to Number Our Days

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How many days do you have left? That’s a very sobering, somewhat unsettling question, isn’t it? We don’t like to think about the fact that our days here on this earth are numbered. Oh, we all know the number behind us—how many days we’ve lived already. But thinking about how many are left—well, that’s not […]


Saturday, November 28th, 2020

Fran and Jesus on the Job – Reframing

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We continue the fictional story of Fran and Jesus on the Job. Fran is a workplace woman who has two young children and has gone back to her career since her husband was tragically killed a few years ago. The purpose of these stories is to help us see how critical it is for us […]


Friday, November 27th, 2020

Giving a Sacrifice of Praise

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Hebrews 13:15 says, “Through Jesus therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise—the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” What is a sacrifice of praise? I believe that is the praise we offer when we cannot humanly see any reason for praising—when our feelings and emotions are not praising God, […]


Thursday, November 26th, 2020

Giving a Sacrifice of Praise

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How does a Christian working woman—or man—who has to get up early every day, many times deal with children and lots of duties, who has to wear lots of hats, and put in long hours—how do you and I incorporate praise into our everyday schedules and lifestyles? First, realize this: Praise is not a function […]


Wednesday, November 25th, 2020

Giving a Sacrifice of Praise

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During a holiday season a friend stopped me in church and said, “Mary, I know you’ll understand this. Tell me what to do. I’ve just been in the dumps lately, thinking about being single, wishing I were married, wishing I had someone to be with during the holidays, feeling sorry for myself. I thought about […]


Tuesday, November 24th, 2020

Giving a Sacrifice of Praise

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Why should we praise God? Christ-followers are to be thankful, praising, joyful people—it’s on practically every page of the Bible! But why? What’s in it for us to praise God? Consider these wonderful benefits: Praise helps us mature spiritually. Praise is the spark plug of faith. The more we praise God, the more our faith […]


Monday, November 23rd, 2020

Giving a Sacrifice of Praise

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Sometimes it is hard to be thankful. Life just sends us circumstances and situations which aren’t welcome, and people who are difficult, and being thankful is not our normal response, is it? However, we know that as Christ-followers, we are bombarded in scripture with exhortations to be thankful people. Psalm 34 says, “I will bless […]


Saturday, November 21st, 2020

An Attitude of Gratitude

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(With Julie Busteed and Alice Huntzicker) (Mary) We’re beginning Thanksgiving week and I was just thinking how glad I am that our country has a day that is dedicated to giving thanks for our blessings—aren’t you? (Alice) Yes, I am. You know, not every country does this. In fact, few celebrate it as a day […]


Friday, November 20th, 2020

No One Is In Your Life By Accident

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No one is in your life by accident. That’s hard to swallow when someone difficult is in your life, isn’t it?  I well remember when I had a very difficult boss in my life and all I could think about was how quickly could I find another job and get out of there. For one […]


Thursday, November 19th, 2020

No One Is In Your Life By Accident

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Do you have some really good friends, the kind who build your faith and encourage you in the Lord? I hope so. Those good friends are not in your life by accident. You have a responsibility to them. In Proverbs 17:17 we read, “A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for […]