The Unchanging Foundation
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
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
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
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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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 long as she is not hungry. I mean, this ...
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Generations of Love: Alpha to Omega
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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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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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?
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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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
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
- 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
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
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
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
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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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
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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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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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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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
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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