Elementary Lessons in Art

Elementary school teachers fill big pots of paint and place them under easels. Then they cover the students in smocks, the floor in plastic, and let the fun begin. Their children delight to paint in broad strokes of color, without concern of judgment, until they are done. In the same...

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Celebrating the Seasons

Every season of the year allows opportunities to showcase God’s great works! Ah, spring! What a marvelous time of year! Every new day brings pleasant surprises of some growth I hadn’t noticed just a day before! The buds are swelling on the bushes, and bulbs are pushing the earth out...

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David – The Shepherd

There have been times in my life when I wished for fame and fortune. How wonderful would it be to win an Oscar, Noble Prize, or a Mega Millions Lottery jackpot; to have people know who you are, care about what you think, and to have the resources to travel...

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St. Patrick’s Day Fun

This week we moved our clocks forward an hour and we will celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on Friday. When I was growing up I always enjoyed pinching friends at school who forgot to wear green. Then when I became a third grade teacher in the late 70s, I made sure...

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My Birthday Wish

“So we do not lose heart. Though our outer self is wasting away, our inner self is being renewed day by day. For this light momentary affliction is preparing for us an eternal weight of glory beyond all comparison, as we look not to the things that are seen but...

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Blessed Assurance, Jesus Is Mine!

We’ve all come across people in our lives who inspire us, provoking us to “step up.” Learning about the life of Fanny Crosby, one of history’s most prolific hymn writers, has been one of those inspirational people for me. She accomplished more in her first fifteen years than I have...

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Be Mine

In case you haven’t heard, today is Valentine’s Day. I have to admit, this is not one of my favorite ‘holidays.’ I think that started in grade school when we had to make and decorate our Valentine folder where hopefully, all of our classmates would deposit a cute card. I...

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Change in Routine

On my drive to work each morning as I turn onto Coeur d’Alene Avenue from Third Street, I slow my car to observe an interesting group of creatures. On top of the building housed by a fitness business resides a rather large group of seagulls. They perch along the edge...

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From Your Furiously Bailing Brother

Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever receives the one I send receives me, and whoever receives me receives the one who sent me. John 13:20 When we cry out to God for a word of hope, or direction, or consolation – sometimes we hear, sometimes we don’t – but...

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Riders on the Bus

With every election and new president it seems like there comes a wave of hysteria and predictions of the end of America, and humanities imminent demise. But this time around it does seem that things are a little different – more intense, more scary. It seems like some people are...

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