Grace Unearned

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Read: Luke 15:11-32 And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him. (v. 20) Have you ever done something that made you feel ashamed in front of your parents? Maybe something from childhood, […]

Walk and Pray

I am not the first one to say it, but walking is good for your body and your mind. People throughout history have recognized that moving your body helps you to take in information, process emotions, and lower stress. The philosopher Aristotle used to walk and teach so much that his school was called peripatetic, […]

Clinging to God

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Read: Psalm 63:1-11 For you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy. My soul clings to you; your right hand upholds me. (vv. 7-8) It’s no secret that kids can be clingy. We’ve all seen it during Sunday coffee hour or some other social gathering. You walk […]

Complete Dependance

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Read: Mark 10:13-16 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it. (v. 15) When my baby sees something she wants that’s out of reach—a rice husk, her bottle, anything shiny—she crawls over, points with both index fingers and begins a refrain of “dah dah […]

Crying Out at Night

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Read: Romans 8:12-17 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” (v. 15) It was four o’clock in the morning the first time my daughter said my name. Her first tooth was coming in […]

A Room of Our Own

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Read: John 14:1-7 In my Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? (v. 2) Our new house had more rooms than we needed at first, but shortly after we moved in, I learned that I was pregnant. “The corner […]

Known as a Child of God

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Read: Psalm 139:1-18 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. (v. 13) As a new mom, can anyone know my daughter better than me? I’ve seen every tiny change in the colors of her eyes. I’ve heard every coo and cry and can usually guess what they mean. I […]

Family Resemblance

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Read: Genesis 1:20-31 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (v. 27) “Who do you think she looks like more?” I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been asked that question since my daughter was born. Everyone tries to pinpoint […]

The Truth I Hold

Several years ago, Words of Hope Albania began a new radio program project called, “The Truth I Hold.” The goal of the project was to record 365 testimonies from Albanian Christians, and then produce them as life stories for radio.  This ambitious goal was achieved, and the programs proved popular. From there, the team decided […]