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Praising Kids Right

Posted on June 28, 2017 in

by Diane Stortz How many times have you told a child, “Good job!” “You did great!” “You’re so strong,” or “You’re a good helper”? A lot? Me too. But what if there’s a better way to applaud a child’s accompl…

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The Story Behind the Story in Melody Carlson’s Novel Under a Summer Sky

Posted on June 26, 2017 in

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Small Gifts with High Impact

Posted on June 26, 2017 in

by Cynthia Ruchti As I’d entered a conference center where I was slated as the keynote speaker, I was met with a gift bag spilling over with bright tissue paper. Inside was a soothing scented candle, snacks that showed the giver…

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The Case of the Deep-fried Guilt

Posted on June 22, 2017 in

by Rhonda Rhea I went to the food court at the mall the other day. Pretty sure I was found guilty. It’s weird because at the food court, you can eat an entire meal before you even find a table. Those people feed it to you one to…

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3 Ways to Respond When You’re Offended

Posted on June 20, 2017 in

by Cindi McMenamin It happens to all of us. Misunderstandings, careless words and sometimes unintentional actions on the part of others that rub us the wrong way. But having a strategy for dealing with offensive behavior can not o…

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The Story Behind the Story in Robin Caroll’s Novel Weaver’s Needle

Posted on June 19, 2017 in

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Third-Verse People

Posted on June 16, 2017 in

by David E. Fessenden My mother sighed as we walked out of church one Sunday morning. “Sometimes I feel like the third verse of a hymn.” I immediately knew what she meant. Our worship leader had gotten into the habit of skippi…

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A New Form of Exercise

Posted on June 14, 2017 in

by Anne Greene As a writer, I find it difficult to include exercise in my work day. Finding time for God, family, ministry, writing, critique group, choir practice, fellowship groups, doctor, dentist, hair and nail appointments an…

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