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The Best Presents Are Free

Posted on December 21, 2018 by

by Darlene Franklin The best Christmas presents I received last year didn’t take any money, only a little time wrapped up in love, whether on heaven or on earth. I turned out the nightlight and breathed a sigh of contentment. A …

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Beyond the Easter Bunny: 10 Fun Family Traditions

Posted on March 1, 2018 by

by Darlene Franklin How does your family celebrate Easter, beyond the traditional egg hunts and candy? Here are ten traditions meant to focus on the true meaning of Easter and extend the celebration beyond a single day. Art Projec…

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Simple Exercises You Can Do at Your Desk

Posted on January 2, 2018 by

by Darlene Franklin Just about everyone can do simple motions to maintain or build strength and endurance. The below exercises are good not only at work but for energy boosters wherever you are. Repeat each exercise 25 times. You …

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Reflections on Aging

Posted on May 11, 2016 by

by Darlene Franklin I spent my sixtieth birthday in a nursing home—younger than most residents, younger than I would have expected. Today I want to share my reflections on the changes wrought in my life, the arrival of my senior…

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Read through the Bible in 2016

Posted on January 4, 2016 by

by Darlene Franklin So you’re thinking about reading through your Bible this year. Perhaps you’ve read the Bible many times before, and you’re wondering how to make it fresh and exciting. Perhaps this is your first attempt, …

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Grandparenting Isn’t For Wimps

Posted on March 19, 2015 by

by Darlene Franklin When my granddaughter was born, a friend told me, “Being a grandparent is one thing that is even better than promised.” I have to agree. Being a grandparent from a nursing home is hard work. But I suspect t…

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Three Bites at a Time

Posted on November 11, 2014 by

by Darlene Franklin Two different threads collided to inspire me to write about food. One, of course, is Thanksgiving. I cringe at the television, where an Australian says “Happy Turkey Day.” Unfortunately, that’s the way we…

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Confusion

Posted on August 21, 2014 by

by Darlene Franklin She holds her angel with newborn care, feeding her spoons of applesauce. It sticks between her teeth and dribbles down her chin. “Look!” she says. “She has two new teeth.” Two perfectly shaped teeth pee…

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Milestones

Posted on July 18, 2014 by

by Darlene Franklin Milestones are gaining momentum as the summer goes on. In May, my oldest granddaughter graduated from high school. Two weeks from now, I’ll have one of those birthdays, where the first digit in my age slips t…

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Pay It Forward: Generous Living

Posted on February 18, 2014 by

by Darlene Franklin “A Christian can afford to be generous.” The words have remained with me for almost forty years, ever since my supervising pastor said them to me during a summer church plant project. After we ate a…

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Golden Rule at Christmastime

Posted on December 9, 2013 by

by Darlene Franklin I have recently come to an obvious conclusion: The golden rule, or the ethical principal of “treat others the way you want to be treated,” doesn’t work on a sliding scale. Let me explain. I find it relati…

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Out to Pasture?

Posted on September 7, 2013 by

by Darlene Franklin Don’t turn me out to pasture when I’m old . . . Let me look life in the face. (Psalm 71:8-24, MSG) My best friend, Jonathan, played a trick on me when we were in second grade. During recess, another girl jo…

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Memorial Stones

Posted on July 8, 2013 by

“In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan w…

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Today’s Debt is Tomorrow’s Dilemma

Posted on June 27, 2013 by

by Darlene Franklin One of my favorite Bible stories as a child told the miracle of how God filled borrowed jars with oil at a time of a widow’s desperate need. I recently reread the story with the eyes of an adult and noticed s…

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A Tale of Three Fridays

Posted on October 31, 2012 by

by Darlene Franklin Five weeks, Passion Week, and life-altering illness separated two Fridays for me this year. Both red letter days affirmed life and faith. First Friday: In mid-March, I faced a difficult decision about my writin…

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