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Love Aflame

I was thinking today about an incident that happened a few years ago. We lived in Wisconsin at the time and our house was in the middle of quite a few very old, very large trees. Maple, Oak, and… oh who am I kidding? Big old trees, I have no idea what kind. I do know that… Read more »

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Examine Yourselves

Examine yourselves to see whether you are in the faith; test yourselves. Do you not realize that Christ Jesus is in you — unless, of course, you fail the test? 2 Corinthians 13:5 I remember clearly, when I came upon this verse a few years ago in my daily reading.  It caught my attention, although… Read more »

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Impossible Love

Julian and I were having a little conversation this morning before he went to work. It was an innocent discussion about a challenging situation we were facing. Then suddenly my husband made a matter-of-fact comment as to what he considered would be the perfect way to “fix” the problem. Husbands are funny that way aren’t… Read more »

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A Crucial Element: Love

Recently, I have had two thoughts swirling around in my head. That’s two more than usual, folks, pat this girl on the back. The first is concerning this verse, “Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond… Read more »

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Love Austin

Today, some of my church family and I served the city of Austin in a very tangible way. Some of us were sent out to various places like Town Lake Trail, a cemetery, and an elementary school to clean and do some outside work. This service day just happened to coincide with Austin’s Clean Sweep day which means… Read more »

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Love Has Come

We’ve just started a women’s Bible Study at church and one week in it’s already making me think. The study is Believing God by Beth Moore and, although I’ve already done this particular study some 7 years ago, it’s a good time in my life to go through it again. There are going to be… Read more »

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A Model Congregation

We continually remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Thessalonians 1:3 Read the first chapter of 1 Thessalonians and you get a real sense that Paul considers the church in Thessalonica to be nearly a… Read more »

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Love Hurts

I still clearly recall, although it was decades ago, dealing with the painful emotions of giving my heart to someone only to be rejected. Sometimes the rejection came quickly, other times being dumped was the last thing I expected from this someone who had spent many months telling me they loved me. Being young and… Read more »

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True Love

Julian and I were having a little conversation this morning before he went to work. It was an innocent discussion about a challenging situation we were facing. Then suddenly my husband made a matter-of-fact comment as to what he considered would be the perfect way to “fix” the problem. Husbands are funny that way aren’t… Read more »

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With An Accent on Love

When I first met Julian, the way he spoke was definitely one of things that intrigued me about him. He had only been in the states for about fourteen years so it was with a very pronounced Romanian accent that my would-be husband said things to me at work like, “Why are yure flowers on… Read more »