When the entire family comes together

Saturday I took Andrew, Alicia, and Mr. T. into downtown Raleigh to look around the Natural History Museum. My grandson is still a little young to engage with the exhibits, but we had a good time walking around and simply being there. Besides, 90% of the things we have wanted to do as a family …

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Prayer (at the 50-yard line or anywhere) is the language of our relationship with God

“Hear my prayer, O Lord,    and give ear to my cry;    hold not your peace at my tears!For I am a sojourner with you,    a guest, like all my fathers.Psalm 39:12 - NC writer Derek Maul I have been reading a little discussion - some heated - on prayer recently. Mostly in response to the Supremes (SCOTUS) and their decision …

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From “troubled bones” to “refreshment” to “bones made strong”

Be gracious to me, O Lord, for I am languishing;    heal me, O Lord, for my bones are troubled.Psalm 6:2 It will be healing to your flesh    and refreshment to your bones.Proverbs 3:8 And the Lord will guide you continually    and satisfy your desire in scorched places    and make your bones strong;and you shall be like a watered garden,    like a spring of water,    whose waters do not fail.Isaiah 58:11 …

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A “we hold these truths to be self-evident” moment from Jesus…

“You are the salt of the earth. But if salt loses its saltiness, how will it become salty again? It’s good for nothing except to be thrown away and trampled under people’s feet. You are the light of the world. A city on top of a hill can’t be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and …

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Summer Heat – and Celebrating the Day

This is the day the Lord acted;    we will rejoice and celebrate in it!Psalm 118:24 Happy July, everyone! For "Photo Friday" this week I'll just refer everyone back to "June in 30 Pictures" from yesterday. The gallery turned out to be a wonderful pictorial journey through the beginning of Summer 2022. Summer - especially July, August, and September …

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June in 30 Pictures (always worth a few clicks!)

- Craig and the children outside their new (empty) home in Orlando For everything there is a season,    a time for every activity under heaven.Ecclesiastes 3 So... we have now reached the end of June. This means - unbelievably - that 2022 is now 50% in the bag, half over! Good grief! As of today, Naomi …

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Roe v Wade: not “what to” think but “how to”

My brothers and sisters, what good is it if people say they have faith but do nothing to show it? Claiming to have faith can’t save anyone, can it? Imagine a brother or sister who is naked and never has enough food to eat. What if one of you said, “Go in peace! Stay warm! Have a …

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A Big Week for Special Moments (Photo-Friday)

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.James 1:17 - Beks turns nine! Getting under way with Beks' ninth birthday last Saturday, this has been a pretty interesting week. Add in Father's Day, a big birthday for our son Andrew, Beks' first …

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Happy #40 Andrew! Plus some Father’s Day reflections

Whoever fears/respects the Lord has a secure fortress,    and for their children it will be a refuge.Proverbs 14:26 It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.3 John 1:3-4 …

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Jesus has no political affiliation, and I’m with him…

Help, O Lord, for the godly are fast disappearing!    The faithful have vanished from the earth!Neighbors lie to each other,    speaking with flattering lips and deceitful hearts.Psalm 12 Trust is like rebar, it holds the massive structure that is America together. - NC writer/theologian Derek Maul I have been thinking about faith and politics recently. Not because I …

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