Coming Home!

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Papa as a young soldier in WWII Henri Pote (October 15, 1924 – November 2, 2013) Yesterday evening, my father, Henri Pote, went home to be with Jesus.  His last hours in this life were spent peacefully, at home with … Continue reading

Covenant Abuse

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…to love, honor, and cherish, from this day forward, so long as we both shall live… The solemnity and vision of those sacred marriage vows still raise my head a little higher and leave me in a reflective mood every … Continue reading

Divorced is NOT a Status

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When completing a census form or a job application, we’re often asked our marital status, and given choices of Single, Married, Divorced or Widowed. An individual who experienced divorce many years ago, and has not married again, feels compelled to label … Continue reading

Missed God’s Plan?

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I hugged my two youngest daughters good-bye, and kissed them each. Then, I turned quickly to leave, before they could see the tears in my eyes.  Driving away from their mother’s house, the tears spilled down my cheeks. A few … Continue reading

A Long Weary Ride

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Sweat poured down my face and every muscle quivered with exhaustion as I strained to push the bicycle pedal down one more time…then shifted to push the other pedal down yet again.  Twenty miles into a 26 mile mountain bike trek … Continue reading

Tending Corn and Boys

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I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit. (John … Continue reading

Where there is Darkness…

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I sat huddled at my desk, face pressed into palms supported by elbows propped on desktop, staring into the darkness of my own hands…feeling the darkness pressing in from all sides.  The work day was ended.  It was time to … Continue reading

Entering Rest

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An afternoon of sun and surf, between business meetings.  A refreshing treat for a married couple from a land-locked state. Smelling the fragrance of lilacs and chrysanthemums.  Feeling damp sand between toes.  Tasting the splash of salt.  Listening to the … Continue reading

God of Truth

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“If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” (John 8:31-32) I love a good allegory!  Something about a brief fictional story can … Continue reading

Christ’s Love is a Choice!

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  And He withdrew from them about a stone’s throw, and He knelt down and began to pray, saying, “Father, if You are willing, remove this cup from Me; yet not My will, but Yours be done.” (Luke 22:41-42) Jesus … Continue reading