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Seasons of Our Lives

Today is officially the first day of summer in the Northern Hemisphere. There’s something special, and memorable about the summer season. Or as James Russell Lowell expressed it, “What is so rare as a day in June?”

I have wonderful boyhood memories of summer growing up in central Indiana. No school. Sleeping in. Long days of sunshine. Riding bikes. Playing tag. VBS at church. Kool-aid. Summer nights catching fireflies. Fresh food from our garden. Playing hide-and-go-seek. No cares. No worries. Just a feeling of freedom and a time to have some fun. Continue reading

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This, Too, Shall Pass

This morning from our Bible reading in Acts 27 I was reminded of this commonly quoted phrase, “This, too, shall pass.”

It is a paraphrase taken from the King James Bible “and it came to pass.” It occurs 477 times in the KJV and 177 in the NKJV. In more modern translations is it used far less often.

It is an expression used by folks working through difficult circumstances. There is no definitive answer for the exact origin of this popular saying, but some seem to think it stems from a fable written by Persian Sufi poets. Others suggest it was a part of Jewish folklore and credit King Solomon, although it is not recorded in the Bible. Continue reading

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Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff

“Often we allow ourselves to get all worked up about things that upon closer examination aren’t really that big a deal,” wrote Dr. Richard Carlson in his classic little book entitled Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff.

Carlson illustrates how we may “focus on little problems and concerns and blow them way out of proportion. A stranger, for example, might cut in front of us in traffic. Rather than let it go, and go on with our day, we convince ourselves that we are justified in our anger.”

There are so many little things that can divert our attention from the bigger, more important issues of life. Continue reading

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Reflections on a Recent Visit to the Smoky Mountains

Norma Jean and I were recently in the Smoky Mountains for a short get-a-away. It’s been one of our favorite places through the years to visit and relax.

We were wondering how the Mountains would look since the fires last November burned over 17,000 acres of forest, destroyed or damaged more than 2000 homes and buildings and took the lives of 14 people, as well as injuring 145. Continue reading

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Great Verses of the Bible: Ecclesiastes 2:10-12

Peggy Lee was an American jazz and popular singer, song writer of the 20th century whose career spanned six decades. Her signature song was a 1969 hit entitled “Is that all there is?”

The song begins with witnessing her house catching on fire as a little child. As the flames consumed it and she stood watching in her pajamas, she asked, “Is that all there is? Continue reading

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What Really Counts?

My Franklin planner has this inspirational quote for today by Albert Einstein. “Not everything that can be counted counts, and not everything that counts can be counted.”

This thought raises the question, “What really counts in life?”

This question has been answered in different ways by many people. Continue reading

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Short Sayings that Pack a Powerful Message

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President Calvin Coolidge was nicknamed “Silent Cal,” because of his dry wit and brevity of speech. He was the opposite of his vivacious wife, Grace, who was the life of the party. While she chatted, Coolidge remained quiet.

The story is told that the famous wit, Dorothy Parker, was once seated by President Coolidge at a dinner party. Miss Parker said to the president that she had bet a friend that during the course of the meal she could make him say more than five words. Continue reading

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