Category Archives: lessons learned,

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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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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Dancing With Bruises

Bruises seem to be part of life’s package to us. Some will be serious, most minor. But each are noted, and some will just have to be endured. Dancers are some of the most wonderful people I know. Their gracefulness can … Continue reading

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Meandering Intensely Through Grace

“For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.” Romans 8:29, NLT “Just as we are now like the earthly man, … Continue reading

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Drowning in Despair

  “For we do not want you to be ignorant, brethren, of our trouble which came to us in Asia: that we were burdened beyond measure, above strength, so that we despaired even of life.”    2 Corinthians 1:8 “…we … Continue reading

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Filthy Rags

18 “And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t. 19 I want to do what is good, but I don’t. I don’t want to do … Continue reading

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Quarantined, for His Purposes

  Quarantines are a real possibility, even in this day. A quarantine is imposed when disease is contagious enough that it would harm a society: Measles, Smallpox, and the recent Ebola Virus  are just a few physical diseases where strict … Continue reading

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