Nothing can rob a home of happiness more than unresolved anger and constant quarrels. Over and over, the Bible warns against this. The Book of Proverbs is filled with admonitions against strife, as are the New Testament letters of Paul, Peter, and James. But once quarrels start, they are difficult to stop. My parents were […]

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Of all my volunteer activities, I have found literacy tutoring one of the most rewarding.  For several years, I met one-on-one with foreign-born students  to help them learn to read, write, and speak English. Among these were a very fine Korean gentleman and two delightful Vietnamese ladies.  The man wanted to personally welcome customers to his cafe.  The ladies were hair […]

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Scripture: “Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many”  (Hebrews 12:15 NLT). As a kid growing up in the Oklahoma Panhandle, I became very familiar with the dry, thorny tumbleweeds that blocked fences, roads, and empty buildings. The “Russian thistle,”  a green, thirsty bush, absorbs many liters of […]

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Scripture:  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”  (Philippians 4:13 NKJV). Our nation, and in fact, our entire world is in terrible straits. We have abandoned God’s laws, and we are reaping the terrible rewards of our bad choices.  What can we do? What can I—an old lady of limited influence and […]

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