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Information Overload

Sometimes I wonder how I ever functioned as a human being before online search engines. How did I ever get to the right place without the map app on my phone telling me when to turn right and left? Did I really go to the doctor every time I had a question about swimmer’s ear or bee stings instead of using online medical sites? Many times when my teenagers ask me something, I advise them to Google it. This word wasn’t in my vocabulary as a child. My kids can’t believe the world still spinned before cell phones, laptops, and Wi-Fi. The down side to all this knowledge at our …

Wielding the Weapon of Gratitude

When my friend with four young children mentioned that she couldn’t find someone to watch her kids so that she and her husband could go out of town for a family event, I readily volunteered. It was all fun and laughter at first, until the second day when I was struggling. I viewed this mom’s role as challenging but so very significant. She is providing emotional, spiritual, intellectual, and physical support and care for four human beings. All of us grow wearing in our callings at times and forget that each task God gives us has value. We tend to view what others are doing as more significant. This can …

Where There is Faith

Sometimes I wish I had a crystal ball and could see how things are going to turn out in the future. I’d like to live today being able to see that everything will be okay for me and those I love in the future. While this sounds nice, it would be walking by sight which is the opposite of what it means to live by faith. Faith still believes that God’s love is real when the worst happens. Faith trusts in God’s strength when feeling none. This is the faith of people in the Bible like Abraham, and it can be ours as well when we choose to believe God …