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Praise Challenge

Posted on July 29, 2013 in

by Becky Harling Thirteen years ago, after being diagnosed with breast cancer, I received a rather bizarre challenge from my mentor. Her challenge was, “Try spending 20 minutes praising God for five days.” At the time I though…

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A Note to Dads: Say “I’d Choose You”

Posted on July 28, 2013 in

by Jay Payleitner My daughter and I have a running joke.  Except it’s not a joke at all. It was inspired by a children’s book by John Trent and following is a transcript of how that conversation might have gone the first time…

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The Brass Ring

Posted on July 27, 2013 in

“I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and indeed, all is vanity and grasping for the wind” (Ecclesiastes 1:14 NKJV). No doubt you’ve seen them. Flying manes, nostrils flaring, elaborate bridle bits,…

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A Quiet Place

Posted on July 26, 2013 in

“My people will live in a peaceful place, in safe homes and quiet places of rest” (Isaiah 32:18 GW). I’ve had some vacations that left me exhausted, especially when our kids were young. But a few years ago, I came ho…

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Like-Minded

Posted on July 25, 2013 in

by Sherry Kyle Have you ever created your dream room? A room makeover doesn’t have to cost a fortune. A can of paint, a new lampshade and rug, a few toss pillows, and a slipcover for a chair or sofa, and you’ve created a beaut…

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Five Secrets to Overcome Worry

Posted on July 23, 2013 in

by Janet Perez Eckles Hubby can be very sneaky sometimes. He and I enjoyed a nice lunch at a local restaurant the other day. And as I munched on my salad, I noticed a taste of pasta. “Hmm…” I thought. I don’t remember nood…

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Posted on July 22, 2013 in

“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles”(Isaiah 40:31). Most summer mornings I spend a few minutes on the front porch of our hilltop home watching a pair o…

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A Note to Dads: Let Her Know She Makes You Proud

Posted on July 21, 2013 in

by Jay Payleitner For 32 years, my dad was principal at the only elementary school on the east side of town. Growing up, his four children – Mary Kay, Mark, Jay and Sue – often heard some version of this statement, “Oh you m…

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