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Climbing Into Jesus’ Wheelbarrow

posted by sbrown

Once there was a famous tight-rope walker.  He stood before a huge crowd by Niagara Falls, preparing to do his most daring feat. “How many of you believe that I can walk across Niagara Falls on this tightrope?” he asked […]

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Breaking Free from Grief and Anger

posted by sbrown

Have you ever found yourself caught in a negative thought pattern loop?  Something happens and you are suddenly thinking painful or angry thoughts.  You may have been hurt by someone you trusted, had something tragic happen that haunts you, or […]

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Is Jesus a Copy — Or the Real God?

posted by sbrown

It’s been going around on Facebook — the chart comparing a cartoon and goofy-looking Jesus to the Egyptian God Horus.  They both were supposedly born of a virgin, baptized at 30, had 12 disciples, and rose from the dead.  The […]

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Prayers God Wants to Hear

posted by sbrown

Would you enjoy a relationship with someone who was always talking, never listening?  How about if that someone was always asking something from you and never telling you “thanks” when you came through for him?  Now let’s suppose that your […]

Can You Be a Good Christian and Not Attend Church?

posted by sbrown

“Going to church has nothing to do with being a Christian,” a rather indignant friend said. “I can be just as good a Christian at home or at the lake as sitting in a church. Better maybe.” Some things never […]

How Much Are You Worth?

posted by sbrown

In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him.  I John 4:9 Numbers — they describe many things — but none of […]

Have a Good Day — Here’s How!

posted by sbrown

For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue rom evil, and his lips that they speak no guile.  I Peter 3:10 “I hate my life.” No, not me.  I’m quoting.  I heard someone […]

A True Cure — A Real Change

posted by sbrown

Suppose that I went to the doctor with a suspicious lump and got the bad news from the doctor. Cancer. “Do I have a chance?” would be my first question. The doctor might answer,   “Yes, I think so.  Of course […]

Who Loves the Most?

posted by sbrown

Let’s imagine that you are very rich.  You have ten billion dollars in the bank. Now let’s suppose that  your friend Sally comes to you and says, “I’m in a lot of trouble.  If I don’t get some money I just […]

Watching for the Hummingbirds

posted by sbrown

The sun beamed down from a clear, blue sky, sending diamond shimmers across the lake. The deep, silent woods was a perfect place to spend time in Bible study and prayer .Except for the bugs! I shook off the latest […]

Mysterious Things

posted by sbrown

The light flashed in my eyes as I glanced into the mirror.  It looked spooky and unnatural, but it was just the way the light reflected off the artificial lenses that give me 20/20 vision.  I thought of how people […]

“They” Did It

posted by sbrown

To hear my class of kindergarteners tell it, absolute chaos reigned the week I was out of town. “They were naughty for the substitute teacher,” one innocent-sounding child told me. “They broke all the chalk,” another added. “And they used […]

“Giving” Lessons

posted by sbrown

The towel had frayed edges and a splotch of lasagna on one corner, but it changed my outlook – and my closets — forever. It was my turn that day to deliver donations to Unity House –apartments housing women who […]

Trust Me and Swallow

posted by sbrown

Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him.   Job 13:15 “This stuff is nasty,” my daughter Becky groaned. “Do I have to take it?” “Trust me and swallow,” I replied as I maneuvered the spoonful of medicine into […]

I Never Danced in a Nightclub — Honest!

posted by sbrown

“What’s the matter?” Paul asked. I stared somberly at the phone I had just replaced in its cradle.  “Gossip again,” I replied.  “Mrs. Feldon is back at her old habit of spreading stories.  This time its about me.” “I’ll talk […]

The Dead Collection

posted by sbrown

We walked along our country road on a long-ago fall day.  My husband Paul and I  chatted and five-year-old Peter scuffled along in the leaves behind us.  Out of the corner of my eye I saw that he was twirling […]

The “Dirty Spot” Law

posted by sbrown

Why would the church deacons look under my bed? Why did my dinner guests troop into the bathroom to examine the tub? There was no logical reason,  unless you factor in the dirty spot law. This law is more certain […]

The Path to Peace

posted by sbrown

But the meek shall inherit the earth and shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.  Psalm. 37:11 I unclenched my teeth. Again.  The stress of the situation had me grinding my molars which gave me a headache.  Again. The […]

Those Lowly Jobs….

posted by sbrown

“If I then, your Lord and Master, have washed your feet, ye also ought to wash one another’s feet.” John 13:14 In Bible times folks didn’t get in their cars and run over to the mall.  If they ran anywhere, […]

A Tale of Two Marys

posted by sbrown

I met the first “ghost” in the graveyard — a natural enough place to encounter one.  It should have been a dark and stormy night, though, instead of a brilliant spring afternoon.In fact, the graveyard was not spooky at all, just […]

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Recipe Day -- Good-For-You Chocolate Cake
I looked at the recipe in disbelief.  NINE eggs? Surely that was a misprint.  Only 3/4 cup flour in a cake?  Not likely.  As I studied about coconut flour, though, I saw that, yes, it does take that many eggs to make a successful cake with this healthy type of flour, and it takes a much smaller

posted 3:06:20am Mar. 29, 2013 | read full post »

Climbing Into Jesus' Wheelbarrow
Once there was a famous tight-rope walker.  He stood before a huge crowd by Niagara Falls, preparing to do his most daring feat. “How many of you believe that I can walk across Niagara Falls on this tightrope?” he asked the people gathered there. “We believe you can do it!” they shout

posted 3:23:14am Mar. 28, 2013 | read full post »

How Do You Know When to Stop Eating?
“We asked 150 Parisians how they knew they were through with dinner,” food psychologist Brian Wansink, PhD, said.  “They said, ‘When we’re full.’  When we asked 150 Chicagoans that they said, ‘When the plate is empty.’” * No wonder 2/3 of American adults are overweight and hal

posted 3:54:25am Mar. 27, 2013 | read full post »

Making Plans to Succeed
H.A.L.T. -- Don’t get too hungry, too angry, too lonely, or too tired.  But how do you do that?  How do you avoid getting in a dangerously tempting position? It takes planning.  Start planning before you even head to the grocery store.  Look over the Green-for-Go low glycemic lists. Click h

posted 3:41:47am Mar. 26, 2013 | read full post »

No More "If Onlys"
Though no one can go back and make a brand new start, anyone can start from now and make a brand new ending.- Carl Bard If only -- If only.  How the “if onlies” plague us! “If I had only kept up that healthy eating and exercise plan I started five years ago I would look terrific now.”

posted 2:36:33am Mar. 25, 2013 | read full post »

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