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SPIRITUAL SPARKLE

The Puzzle Pieces of Life

The Rocky Mountains are one of the most soul-satisfying places to hike this side of heaven. There is so much to take in of God’s creation with the smell of pine in the air, the sound of a rushing creek, …

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God’s Perfect Path

Have you ever hiked into the crater of a volcano? My husband, Michael, and I got the chance to do just that at Haleakalā which makes up more than 75% of the Hawaiian Island of Maui. The hike going into …

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Blooming with Radiant Sunshine

It may be called a “pesky lawn weed” but I happen to be quite intrigued by it. Before the dandelion’s bright yellow bloom appears, it sends down a taproot that can measure up to 15 feet if it remains undisturbed! …

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God of Order

Order is such a beautiful thing. I never take it for granted anymore, especially as we are watching the world plunge into deeper chaos by the moment. Dwelling on the continuous turmoil for too long can create worry, fear, or …

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Ruminate on God’s Word for Optimal Spiritual Health

I finally reached a goal I’ve had for a very long time…to read through the entire Bible. I took it one or two chapters a day, beginning in the New Testament and then finishing with the Old Testament. I was …

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Colorful Reminders of God’s Love

Spring has definitely sprung! The leaves are filling in on the trees and the flowers are in full bloom. As my mother taught me to do on our walks together, I always take time to notice the beauty in nature. …

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Nature Proclaims Abundant Life

Discovering new places in the world has always been a big thrill for me. I am thankful to have married a man who enjoys traveling the globe as much as I do. Since our first year of marriage, our yearly …

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Strangely Dim

“Just look at the sparkle on this one!” I exclaimed to my dear friend Liz. Shopping together for vintage costume jewelry has always been great fun and a challenging hunt for us to find the pieces with the most sparkle. …

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The Gift of “Canceled”

“It’s been canceled.”  I have lost count of how many times I’ve heard that since the middle of March when the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The first time was the hardest for me to hear. It was the cancellation of all …

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Be a Watchman and See the Signs!

Several years ago, my husband, Michael, and I took a memorable trip to Germany. One of the quaint towns we toured and even stayed in for a night was Rothenburg ob der Tauber. It has been well-preserved since the 12th …

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Secure in Your Self-Worth

It is week five of sheltering in place, also known as “quarantining at home.” By now, many of us are feeling the effects of this coronavirus pandemic on our “self-worth.”  With everything shut down and on hold, so many people …

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Set Apart with the Seal of the Spirit

Life is not easy right now. The world feels like it has been turned upside down and inside out. The coronavirus crisis has affected every person on the planet in some way. Many have lost their jobs, lost loved ones, …

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In the Hollow of His Hand

I am sitting here at my desk, listening to rumbles of thunder and heavy rain pouring out of an ominous, gray-colored sky. Thankfully, I got in my morning walk before the storm arrived. It is day ten of sheltering in …

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Shelter in the Shadow of the King

I had just finished working for the day. As I was driving home, I remembered we were running a bit low on food at the house. So I did what I normally did. I stopped by my local grocery store. …

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Seizing the Moment

A large package had just arrived on my doorstep. It was the week after Christmas, so I was excited to get to open one final holiday surprise. Dad had told me to be on the lookout for something he was …

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