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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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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One of the benefits of keeping a journal is to be able to look back and see progress (or lack thereof)  toward my goals.  I searched my entry for January 1, 2016, and found  some excellent resolutions (from “Board of Wisdom—Ten Ways to Love).” Listen without interrupting (Proverbs 18). Speak without accusing (James 1:19). Give without sparing (Proverbs […]

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