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New Year

New Perspective

2021-01-07
By Jennifer Duncan

The new year is almost always a time of hope and new resolve, especially after a difficult year! But it can also be a discouraging time for many-- a time when we think about all that we did not accomplish in the past year, and often settle in to feeling...
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Perspective
2020-03-29
By Mendi Behnen

Last week my grandson was at my house with a great need to be busy. So I put him to work helping me fold laundry and put it away. He carried a maroon hand towel and washcloth to the hall bath and stopped short at the shelf where he knew they belonged. You...
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Spaghetti Therapy
2020-02-23
By Mendi Behnen

One of my friends taught me about what she calls Spaghetti Therapy. She found herself following a pattern of negative self-talk, and recognized it was time to start taking those thoughts captive and making them obedient to Jesus Christ ...thus the...
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The Shepherds and the Sacrifice
2019-12-15
By Mendi Behnen

Each year at Christmas our family reads from Luke 2:4-20. This is likely a passage with which you are also very familiar. It tells of the birth of Jesus and verse 8 tells us, In the same region there were some shepherds staying out in the fields and ke...
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Giving Thanks
2019-11-24
By Mendi Behnen

As Thanksgiving approaches, I am reading Luke 17:11-19 which is about a man who is known for giving thanks. Luke tells us about how Jesus sees ten men with leprosy as he was traveling along the border of Samaria and Galilee. They recognize that He is Mast...
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Enough
2019-10-13
By Kim Hoover

Sunday evening our pastor continued preaching from the book of Ecclesiastes. The scriptures that he read came from chapters 5 and 6. As he began reading it wasn't long before God began to speak to my heart. I sensed God speaking to me in Ecclesiastes 5:18...
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Truth Be Told
2019-10-06
By Ginny Reding

The wall behind my computer monitor is filled with clippings, photos, quotes; things I have deliberately placed there to remind me of good memories or of truths I want to be realities in my life. Some of these treasures have been there over ten years, ye...
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Peace, Not as the World Gives
2019-09-29
By Julia Bennett

I'm sorry this season has been hard, she said empathetically.
It's okay, it's just been bittersweet, I paused, but isn't it almost always bittersweet?

This life we live is full of ups and downs. It is fairly safe to sa...
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The Disappearing Art of Kindness
2019-09-22
By Carla Moore

We see and hear it everywhere ...rude gestures as someone cuts you off in traffic, the news, talk (shout) shows, and don't even get me started on social media. Why is everyone so quick with an unkind word or post? It seems most of the culture has forgot...
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My Story - God's Design
2019-09-15
By Stacey Burton

I have been married for 26 years. I can sum up the first 24 years for you with the following words: anxiety, fear, control, an extremely critical spirit, and desperation. Let me unpack those a little for you.

Anxiety: When I got marrie...
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What Goes In Is What Comes Out
2019-09-08
By JaDonna Brattin

From my early childhood, I was easily captivated by people and things that appeared beautiful. My imagination was fueled by fairy tales, beautiful princesses with tiaras, ballroom dancers with fancy dresses, ice skaters and, of course, Barbie. As...
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This is the Way - Walk in It
2019-09-01
By Jannette Weaver

How do you walk your day? Stop. Take one minute. Just one minute. Can you take one minute in silence and think clearly on one thing for just a single minute? Or are you like me and you think of at least half a dozen. You start out thinking about Poi...
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Invasion of the Frogs
2019-08-25
By Jennifer Duncan

In Exodus 8, when God uses troublesome plagues to convince Pharaoh to free the Israelites from slavery, Egypt is invaded this time, by frogs. There were frogs everywhere...in the houses, in beds, in the oven, in kitchen bowls, and, I'm imagining...even i...
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Unfading Beauty
2019-08-14
By Mendi Behnen

UNFADING BEAUTY. What do you think of when you hear these words? Does it make you want to plan a trip to a salon or spa, or maybe the mall, perhaps even a journey in search of the fountain of youth? Down deep, we all want to be beautiful. Even if y...
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Trust for Tomorrow
2019-03-03
By Julia Bennett

I recently read the book Screwtape Letters by C. S. Lewis, a book I strongly recommend if you are wanting to better understand spiritual warfare. The book is written from the perspective of a senior demon, Screwtape, writing letters to his younger ...
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A Mighty Fortress Is
Our God

2019-02-24
By Jennifer Duncan

I was a carefree college student, enjoying my final year at a Christian university. My dad was a professor at the university, and one of the real joys of my time there had been that I had taken several classes under him. I had just recently gotten engag...
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Surrounded
2019-02-17
By Alyse Fields

How often do you feel like the world is crashing down around you?

Maybe it's your health - you just received a life changing diagnosis. Maybe it's your relationships - fighting, anger, unforgiveness. Maybe it's the world - you see the chaos of br...
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The Unchanging Foundation
2018-10-15
By Julia Bennett

Jesus is the same yesterday and today and forever,-Hebrews 13:8 We live in a world of uncertainty, a world where economies fall to pieces and entire nations break into war in the blink of an eye. On a more personal level people die, jobs are los...
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Follow the Leader
2018-10-07
By Jenny Parker

Boundaries. Self-care. Believe or not, Jesus was our model for how to set boundaries and how to practice good self-care. And he taught this to his disciples. Since we are his disciples (followers); this applies to us too. There are many places we fin...
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...of Power, and of Love, and of a Sound Mind
2018-09-30
By Debbie Presson

Last night our youngest came to us and said she couldn't get to sleep. Of course, as a parent, you wonder if she has had too much caffeine or sugary food. But, tonight was different. We went to tuck her in and give all the anecdotal suggestions to help he...
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Cleaning House
2018-09-23
By Ginny Reding

I've been on a do-or-die operation the last several weeks. My mission: to eradicate the gazillion flies that have invaded my home; to locate nesting areas and destroy flies and their offspring. I show no mercy. I swat, swipe, even take the shop vac to...
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Hungry
2018-09-16
By Alyse Fields

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst after righteousness, for they shall be filled. Matthew 5:6

I have a sweet 18 month old little girl - she is simply a delight! Most of the time....as long as she is not hungry. I mean, this ...
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Generations of Love: Alpha to Omega
2018-09-09
By Jannette Weaver

What is a blog? When Mendi asked me to write a blog I thought, Hmmmm. Well. Where do I start? Webster's Dictionary definition includes words such as personal reflection, comments, hyperlinks, videos, experiences, observations, and opinions. Th...
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Busted
2018-09-03
By Jennifer Duncan

When I was small, I always struggled to be included in play with my older brother. He had such great grown up ideas, that were even more appealing because they were often on the edge of the boundaries set by our parents. It was his idea, for exam...
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Treasure
2018-08-27
By JaDonna Brattin

For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. ~Matthew 6:21

As a young child, one of the things I did to entertain myself was to imagine going on a treasure hunt and finding a fabulous treasure. Dancing around in...
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How Does Your Garden Grow?
2018-07-29
By Mendi Behnen

My grandma grew a garden every year. During the depression there were a number of folks who sustained their families by freely picking crops from the acreage that she planted. Most people would have called it a farm, but Grandma called it her ga...
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Best
2018-07-15
By Mendi Behnen

I remember one day when my son was about three years old. It was a normal, every-day day and like many other days I was making his all-time favorite lunch - a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. I placed two pieces of bread on a paper plate on the counter a...
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God's Goodness & Mercy
2018-03-22
By Julia Bennet

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me
all the days of my life,
and I shall dwell in the house of the Lord
forever.
- Psalm 23:6

To many these words are familiar, so familiar that they may be read over quickl...
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Accepting What Is
2018-03-08
By Jenny Parker

I am going to share something very personal and private. I am going to let you in on something very vulnerable. I share it with you because if my pain and experience can benefit you in some way, it will be a double-blessing. And I love double-blessings...
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A Path Through Mighty Waters
2018-02-22
By Ana Leigh Jantz

When was the last time you felt like you were drowning in the sea of grief, or pain and agony, or confusion, or sin and temptations, or exhaustion, or ...? I love Psalm 77; it encapsulates exactly how we feel when we are trapped in our emotions and feel a...
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In My House
2018-02-08
By Jennifer Duncan

I have always known, in some vague sort of way, that Jesus is with me. My scripture-saturated upbringing taught me that, from my earliest days. In fact, my favorite book as a small child was, If Jesus Came to My House by Joan Gale Thomas, a ...
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Living by Faith
2018-01-25
By Annette Fields

I care not today what tomorrow may bring, if shadow or sunshine or rain. My Lord I know rules over everything and all of my worry is vain. I'm living by faith, in Jesus above, trusting confiding in his great love. I'm safe from all harm, in his shel...
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Baggage
2018-01-18
By Mendi Behnen

Have you flown anywhere lately? It's certainly not what it used to be. Remember when every passenger could check two bags at no charge? I took a trip to Chicago back in those good ol' days with some friends. One individual, who will remain unnamed,...
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Lullabies from my Father
2018-01-11
By Ginny Reding

For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs. Zephaniah 3:17

I was talking with someo...
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Surrender
2017-12-28
By Mendi Behnen

Commit your works to the LORD and your plans will be established. Proverbs 16:3

If you commit your works to the LORD, your plans will be established ...because once you truly commit your works to the LORD, you are no longer setting your ow...
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Believe
2017-12-21
By Mendi Behnen

Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3

During the Christmas season you see a lot of signs and displays that say Believe. I find myself asking, Belie...
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Welcome
2017-12-14
By Mendi Behnen

Whenever I read Luke 10:38-42, I always feel like Martha gets the bum rap. Being a little Martha-like myself, I want to complain that if the Martha's of the world did not get busy and look after the details, nothing would ever get done! Ok, maybe she had ...
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He is Coming ... Wait ... He is Here
2017-12-07
By Mendi Behnen

The woman said to Him, I know that Messiah is coming (He who is called Christ): when He comes, He will tell us all things John 4:25

This passage is from the familiar story of Jesus talking with the woman at the well in Samaria. It seems ir...
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