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I Love You, Jesus

I Love You, Jesus

A Guest Post by Katy Kauffman: Katy is a friend of mine who shares a love for writing Bible studies and pointing others to Jesus.   I love You, Jesus. You wrapped Yourself in human flesh, fragile and weak. The Mighty God became a man, the Creator became as the created. You were patient with the passage of time. You grew up, learned, and read the Scriptures. You taught the temple teachers. You never chose

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Dreading Valentine’s Day?

Dreading Valentine's Day?

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and many look forward to this day each year. But for others, Valentine’s Day is a tough day. You may be single and feeling lonely, or you may be divorced or widowed and feeling the sting of being alone. Or you may be married, but feeling unloved in your marriage. As an older single, I have to admit that I don’t always look forward to Valentine’s Day, but my perspective

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Losing a Loved One at Christmas

Losing a Loved One at Christmas

This week marks the one-year anniversary of my mom’s Homegoing last Christmas. The year has flown by, and it doesn’t seem like a year has already passed. I miss my mom, but I rejoice that she is HOME where she longed to be. She is pain-free and experiencing things in heaven that we can only imagine on this earth. Mom left a legacy of three generations, and we were able to spend Christmas together last year right

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Hope Is Alive

Hope Is Alive

This past Tuesday night, Ellie Holcomb led us in a night of worship at our annual Women’s Ministry Christmas Dinner. Our theme was based on the title of one of the Christmas songs she wrote, Hope is Alive. As we enter this Christmas season, I realize there are many who are hurting – those who have lost loved ones in the past year, those who are separated from friends and family because of work or other reasons,

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Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, here are some things I am thankful for – not just at Thanksgiving, but throughout the year. T – Time on this earth. I’m thankful for every day God gives me here. H – Heaven is my eternal home. When my time on this earth is done, I will go HOME. A – Acceptance. Acceptance by God in spite of things I’ve regrettably done N – New friends God

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When Mother’s Day Can Be Tough

When Mother's Day Can Be Tough

Sunday is Mother’s Day. I realize that Mother’s Day can be difficult for women for different reasons. Some long to be a mother but can’t have children. Some have estranged relationships with their moms or children. Some, like me, have recently said goodbye to their moms. God knows what is going on in each of our hearts, and He cares. This will be the first Mother’s Day without my mom on this earth. There’s a

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Reflecting on Another Year

Happy New Year! There’s value in reflection, learning from the past and making adjustments for the future from the lessons learned. And yes, I’d love to know what God has in store for me this coming year, but it’s probably better that He just shows me one step at a time. If I knew ahead of time, I’d probably worry and fret about it. He knows what’s best for us, and He chooses to show

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A Different Kind of Christmas This Year

This has been a different kind of Christmas for me and my family this year. My 98-year-old mom stepped into the arms of her Savior shortly before 8:00 Friday morning, December 19. My brother Jim and I were by her side when she took her last breath on this earth. Mom got to spend Christmas with Jesus this year. I’m thankful that she is now pain-free and able to experience things I can only imagine.

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When Christmas Can Be Tough

It’s almost Christmas. As the song goes, “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” As I’m sitting by the bed of my 98-year old mom who is no longer eating or drinking, you may be wondering how this Christmas could be the most wonderful time of the year for me and my family. It’s difficult losing a loved one anytime, but especially at Christmas when families tend to gather together and form traditions that

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Are You Listening?

Recently a friend asked me how she could pray for me. My response was, “Pray that I will stay attentive to the Lord. Pray that I would listen to Him, not the world around me.” The world tells me success is found in making money and achieving status in the eyes of others. God tells me success is obeying Him and living to please an audience of One. The world tells me it’s all about

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