Category Archives: encouragement

A Sidetracked Life

  I’m thinking that an awful lot of my life has been filled with ‘inconvenient interruptions.’ I like a certain order, and schedules and keeping appointments. I’m not a rigid person, but I become mildly annoyed when my life becomes … Continue reading

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The Epiphany of the Red Shoes

  A few months ago, my morning routine had taken me outside on our deck.  I just sat and was soaking up the first rays and drinking a cup of coffee.  My mind usually flits about; and I think about many different things.  … Continue reading

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Extraordinary Treasures

“The highest honor that God can confer upon his children is the blood-red crown of martyrdom. The jewels of a Christian are his afflictions. The regalia of the kings that God has made, are their troubles, their sorrows, and their … Continue reading

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Quotes on Being a Disciple

Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ. –Dietrich Bonhoeffer Take the words of Jesus and let them become the Supreme Court of the Gospel to you. –John G. Lake Some wish to hear the word of God, others wish … Continue reading

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Working in the Time of Grace

 “These men who were hired last worked only one hour,’ they said, ‘and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the work and the heat of the day.” Matt. 20:12, NIV Matthew 20 irritates … Continue reading

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Meeting C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis is one of my favorite Christian authors. It can take some thought to get the point he is making in some of his writings, but the effort is well worth the understanding that I gain. Some time ago … Continue reading

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On the Wire Once Again

“I hope everybody can find a little flame Me, I say my prayers, then just light myself on fire and walk out on the wire once again.”   Counting Crows, “Goodnight Elizabeth” Hope is a powerful thing— nothing compares. It … Continue reading

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