Category Archives: Living Naturally

The Recipes of Victory

When does the end begin when the end is really the beginning? That’s where we are in Esther’s story.  Haman (her enemy) thinks the end of the Jewish nation is about to occur.  Esther, however, has run to God to … Continue reading

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Hearing My Shepherd’s Voice

You are in a crowded room and out of all the cacophony of voices would you recognize your spouse’s or your parent’s voice? Would that one voice stand out? In Spain last summer, Lara (one of the missionaries) was driving … Continue reading

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What’s Your Listening Style?

Bear – Deer – Porcupine – or Puppy? Mama bear’s fierce protection of her cubs is well known.  Mama can growl about and discipline her cubs, but don’t you dare get between Mama and her baby! I can relate to … Continue reading

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Varied Grace . . . and some unabashed joy

Vive la différence! This term is often used as a humorous exclamation, such as a man appreciating an attractive woman, so you can imagine my “Say, what?” when I saw the word varied (multiple, diverse, wide-ranging) connected with grace in … Continue reading

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My Hanukkah Shamash

As a grandmother, you’d expect it from me, I know.  To hear me tell you that my grandson was the best, the bravest, the inspiration to us all, does not surprise anyone.  Even our David would roll his eyes at … Continue reading

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Sticks, Stones, and Words

Sticks and Stones will break my bones, and Words can wound my soul.   Not quite how we heard it growing up, is it?  I’ve been hurt physically and emotionally, and have to admit the most searing have been the … Continue reading

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What Do You See?

I love to look at the world like a toddler.  As a matter of fact, rather than being a “young-at-heart” senior, my incessant detailed examination of my world has caused some to liken me to a “very mature toddler!” Have … Continue reading

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Determine NOT TO

It took a scare with my vision to get me back in the book of Daniel. You may know the story of Daniel and three friends included in the selection from the “sons of Israel” tested by King Jehoiakim, king … Continue reading

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For Natural Beauty – Last Things First!

No matter what we wear, the eye is naturally drawn to our skin. If I don’t eat right and nourish my skin, no amount of makeup will hide what is really there at the end of the day. So – … Continue reading

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Under the Juniper Tree?

Have you been there – under the Juniper tree?  Depressed as Elijah and wanting to die?  I’ve been there a time or two. I recently read Cheryl Gerou’s journey out of depression, From Wilderness to Worship, and noticed a similarity … Continue reading

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