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Learning As I Go: Something that will last

As a part of our summer kids program, Jeanne, our fearless leader, has been creating a mission-focused craft for the kids to complete and then deliver each week. This week, we had the privilege of taking flowers to some nursing home residents. These weren’t real flowers, but handcrafted ones made from pipe cleaners and fabric. As I was leaving, I jokingly told some of the residents, “Now, don’t forget to water your flowers!” Of course they smiled and giggled at the silly direction. Later, I began thinking about those precious…

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From the sunny side… Simple inspiration

There are times when I really struggle to find something brilliant to say during our weekly visits. That may sound incredible to you, but it is true. I find myself wrestling with writer’s block more and more these days. Today was one of those days. As I was leaving the office for lunch, I began to worry myself over the task of writing my column and finding something to say. I’m usually not one to suffer much from stress, but I was starting to “stress out” over this week’s column….

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Learning As I Go: Building a wall

My friend, Jeanne, has been working with our kids this summer at church. Part of the program today included an older video called “The Selfish Giant.” The story was about a giant who discovered that the village children were sneaking into his garden and playing in the trees and open land. He was angry and ran the children out. Then he built a wall that no one could get through. He was determined to keep everyone out. The seasons changed and winter came to the giant’s home and garden. But…

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Emerald’s Gem Box: What if you woke up today, with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?

Too many times, I feel, we are caught up in what we don’t have in life, and miss so much of what we do have. So many times we find ourselves thinking of all the materialistic things we think we need to be happy and we seem to forget all the things that are truly the most important. In order to be happy in life, we don’t NEED big houses, new cars, big screen televisions and all the new electronic gadgets. What we NEED is inner-peace. This can only be…

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