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  • Fancy pants tea party

    Last weekend, my daughters and I were invited to a fancy tea party at a fancy house in a fancy neighborhood. I kinda always wanted to be fancy, but it doesn’t come naturally to me. Truthfully, it doesn’t come at all.

    Example: I recently had an extremely important business meeting. So, I forced myself out of my blue jeans and into my fancy business clothes, complete with silk stockings and black pumps.

  • A Santa miracle for the Christmas season

    Always believe in miracles. That is what all of us need to remember as we enter into another Christmas season. There is plenty of cynicism and skepticism to go around, but I say focus on the miracle that God became human in Jesus Christ and that miracle can give us hope no matter what situation we find ourselves in. I found an old story from Guidepost Magazine’s book Christmas Miracles, c. 2008. The story is edited, for this article, but the full version can be found on the internet. It always brings a tear of joy to my eyes.

  • Truitt: Learning lessons from mismanaged anger

    When my cousin celebrated her 10-year anniversary, I was reminded of an incident in my own marriage. Her wedding happened to be on the same evening as a much anticipated bluegrass music jam. I repeatedly asked hubby if he would prefer that I go to the wedding alone, but he assured me that he really wanted to attend.

  • Be well, be at peace

    Every year we see marvelous and wonderful progress in the field of medical science. At one time diphtheria was one of the dreaded diseases of humankind. But today, nobody is afraid of diphtheria; it has practically been eliminated. So has smallpox, and thank God, so has polio. Pneumonia used to be a dreaded disease, but today, the physicians have medicines that can deal with pneumonia. Great progress is being made daily in the field of cancer. Medical science marches on to new heights.

  • The Word of God: Read it, not about it
  • Being thankful for some, not all, technological advances

    As I was driving to work last week on one of those particularly cold mornings, my car beeped at me and alerted me to the fact I only had enough gas to get 10 more miles down the road.

    I pulled into the next closest gas station, fought the frigid gusts of wind to get the pump started, then hightailed it back into the car to snuggle into my heated seat. Then I texted a co-worker on my cell phone that I would be just a few minutes late getting to the office.

    Later it occurred to me the scene would have been entirely different just 20 years ago.

  • Don’t forget small business Saturday

    Gallup did a survey this summer. It asked people how much confidence they had in various institutions.

    According to the survey, only 7 percent of Americans said they trusted Congress a great deal or quite a lot, compared with 29 percent who trusted the presidency.

  • Sometimes, you can’t have it your way

    As I sit here at my favorite local restaurant, I am reminded how nice it is to live in a place where I can order what I want and the servers never argue with me. This might seem odd in a country where “have it your way” is a major marketing slogan, but after two months in Berlin, Germany, I realize we are truly lucky.

    The German people tend to be very rigid and that carries over to the food service industry. Hubby noticed it first.

  • Taking lessons from flight

    Some time ago I was in another city and a friend offered to fly me home in his little two-seater airplane. On the way he suddenly realized we had gotten off course and were lost. We couldn’t see any landmarks to guide us, the ground below was rough and there was no place to land. My friend was concerned we could run out of gas. There was no radio in the plane to check our course. For a time, life for us was a very uncomfortable experience.

  • Earley: The Bible is alive and active

    Over the last two weeks I have shared some basic information about why I think the Bible is a reliable and authoritative word from God. The following story illustrates vividly that God uses His word to change lives. The following is taken from a letter written by Mils and Sandy Becker in 1995.