“We salute You” – Grace Maul turns 91 (photos and prayers)

All this is for your benefit, so that the grace that is reaching more and more people may cause thanksgiving to overflow to the glory of God. Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal …

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Grandpa David Turns 94!

In this summer of big events, my dad has quietly notched up another year around the sun. Our granddaughter Beks, who is going into 4th grade and loves math, said, "If he was 100 he'd be born in 1922 so we just have to add six because 100 take away 94 is six so he …

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strength for today and bright hope for tomorrow

Saturday afternoon, visiting with my parents at dad's assisted living home, I asked them both about their favorite hymns. I know that's an impossible question, and for me the answer changes all the time, but it was a good starting place for conversation, and keeping my dad alert and engaged is important. Dad - and …

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You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast…

- Grace and David Maul reading together You will keep in perfect peace    those whose minds are steadfast,    because they trust in you. Trust in the Lord forever,    for the Lord, the Lord himself, is the Rock eternal.Isaiah 26:3-4 - Wake Forest based writer, Derek Maul I want to preface this post by saying how important it is to me that I treat subjects with respect when …

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Photo essay featuring faith, love, and difficult questions…

“‘Stand up in the presence of the aged, show respect for the elderly and revere your God. I am the Lord."Leviticus 19:32 The banner of this blog reads, "Derek Maul: Words and Photographs for the Journey." It's not so much a subject matter blog (like a foodie blog or a car blog), where you know you can always find …

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I get knocked down but I get up again…

Even to your old age and gray hairs    I am he, I am he who will sustain you.I have made you and I will carry you;    I will sustain you and I will rescue you.Isaiah 46:4 But I get up againYou're never gonna keep me downI get knocked downBut I get up againYou're never gonna keep me downI get …

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Why it’s time to write about my journey with my dad

“May glory be given to God in the highest heaven!    And may peace be given to those he is pleased with on earth!” - Luke 2:14 - Dad and Max (December 18) As a writer whose focus is journaling, it is hard sometimes to determine the line between what is edifying for public consumption and what …

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Grandkids: packing a full week of action into twenty-four hours!

My job as Grandaddy Derek is to love David and Beks with the cumulative love of all these decades, to nurture them spiritually in ways I'm only now beginning to grow into, and to share with them the stories I couldn't possibly have known thirty years ago because I had yet to live them.