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  1. "My Vaccine for Despair"

    The Holidays are bearing down like a steam engine with no brakes.   “LORD!   I’m not really ready for Thanksgiving or Christmas.  And I’m certainly not ready to give a present to “so and so.
  2. "Of Trees and Icicles"

    What do they tell you about God?

    "In the bleak, mid-winter, Frosty wind made moan,
    Earth stood hard as iron, Water like a stone;
    Snow had fallen, snow on snow, Snow on Snow,
    In the bleak mid-winter, Long ago.

  3. "But I want it NOW!"

    "You're a diamond in the rough," she said about me. But I have a major flaw. What I want, I want now! God is still cutting and polishing.

  4. "On Wandering. . .and Wondering!"

    I am still wandering back through 2015!  Wandering past dreams that have not been realized.  Wandering past hopes already dashed.  Wandering though "battlefields" where my mind is still at war.

  5. "On Emptiness and Empty-nest"

    I'm thinking about the Virgin Mary especially today. I'm thinking about how she might have felt nine months ago when her womb was empty. I doubt she "felt" empty since she was engaged to be married to a strong man by the name of Joseph.

  6. "Death is the Gate to Life"

    Part 5 "Blazing Bushes"

    Planted along the roadside all the way up from San Bernardino to Big Bear Lake are (or at least were!) hundreds of Gorse Bushes.

  7. "Death is the Gate to Life"

    Part 4 "A Snowstorm Survived"

    Let me go back to the year 1971, when I was going through that big storm of my life.

  8. "Death is the Gate to Life"

    Part 3 "Three Bases and a Homerun!"

    Mother told me this story personally only three times in my lifetime.

  9. "Death is the Gate to Life"

    Part 2 "Fitting in With Angels"

    What DID happen next? The weeks and months passed and besides the grief .

  10. "Death is the Gate to Life"
    Part 1 "Of a Baby, a Grave, and Glory"

    The daffodils are gone.
  11. October 17, 2009

    "'I AM'  That's a Name?!"

    Part 5 on "The Fear of the Lord is a Treasure"

    Moses, after fleeing for his life from his home in Egypt, took care of the flocks that belonged to his father-in-law, Jethro.

  12. October 5, 2009

    "But I Hate to Give up Those Things!"

    Part 4 on "The Fear of the Lord is a Treasure"

    We have to understand the importance of hating sin in order to please God and fulfill His command to fear Him, but the reward is great!

    • "The fear of the Lord is hatred of evil: pride, and arrogance and the way of evil and perverted speech I hate.
  13. September 14, 2009

    "Back to School?"

    Part 3 on "The Fear of the Lord is a Treasure"

    Yes, it was back to school for me.

  14. August 31, 2009

    "An Anchor of Hope"

    Part 2 on "The Fear of the Lord is a Treasure"

    "Turn you to the stronghold, you prisoners of HOPE.

  15. August 18, 2009

    “Anger, Fear and Pots of Geraniums!”

    Part 1 on “The Fear of the Lord is a Treasure”

  16. August 3, 2009

    "The Amethyst Ring" - Part 3

    "Intimacy with God through the fear of the Lord"

    In previous parts of "The Amethyst Ring" (

  17. July 20, 2009

    "The Amethyst Ring"
    Part 2

    That morning was a turning point in my life with God.   (See devotional July 6, "The Amethyst Ring" Part 1Learning and walking in the fear of the Lord wipes out the fear of man.

  18. July 6, 2009 

    "The Amethyst Ring"
    Part 1

    It was 1983.  My mother was dying of breast cancer.  A few weeks before Mother went into a coma she had a wonderful day.  Her mind was clearer than it had been in a while.  She decided that she wanted to give to my sister, Andrea, and me her jewelry before she died.

  19. June 22, 2009

    “Of Gardens and Stars”
    Part 8

    Who IS your God?  Where does He live?  Another way of asking it is, “Where is the Source of water for your garden?"

    “For this is what the high and lofty One says,  that inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy; I dwell in the high and holy place, with him also that is of a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, and to revive the heart of the contrite ones.
  20. June 8, 2009

    "Be Patient!  Be Vigilante!"

    Part 7

    When I make a garden I want it done yesterday!  It is very difficult for me to hold steady and patiently plan.  I want to see the fruit of contentment now.  I can hardly stand to feel this restlessness inside of me.

  21. May 26, 2009

    "Triple Soil Nutrients"
    Part 6

    We are almost ready to plant the seeds of “contentment!” The “soil” (of our natural self and very human reactions) – need to be amended.

  22. May 18, 2009

    "From Hatred to Healing"
    Part 5

    One Christmas Eve our family was gathering all together. Snow had fallen days before and the walks and steps were terribly icy. Our daughter Sarah and her family arrived. She gathered up presents out of the car and hurried through the snow to the door. As she gripped the door handle she slipped and crashed through the French doors.

  23. May 11, 2009

    "From Hurts to Hatred"

    Part 4

    C. S. Lewis said, “Forgiveness is a beautiful word, until you have something to forgive.

  24. May 4, 2009

    "I Didn’t Deserve That!"
    Part 3

    So! Suppose we have decided we ARE going to have a “garden” with the “Plant of Contentment.

  25. April 27, 2009

    "Of Gardens and Roots"
    Part 2

    The writer of Hebrews says in chapter 12:14, 15, “Strive to live in peace with everybody, and pursue that consecration and holiness without which no one will see the Lord.

  26. "Of Gardens and Contentment"
    Part 1

    The move was sudden. It was a difficult decision. We chose a small condominium where we could plant our own tiny garden if the Condominium Board passed on the plans. A garden had been taking shape in my mind all winter long. The ground began to thaw, the mourning doves began cooing, and I knew exactly what I wanted. I bought the plants, got out my garden tools and knew I had a day of bliss ahead of me.

  27. "Of Swallows and Babies”

    We were visiting family in France one spring, and we took a vacation down to the Southern part along the Dordogne River. I was excited when I saw that our ancient cottage was only 15 minutes from the village of Carrenac, the place where Fenelon had been banished to in the 17th century. This Christian Brother had been the Spiritual Advisor to the women in the court of Louis XIV.

  28. "Of Ugly Stubbs, Branches, and Fruit"

    The storm stopped (see previous devotional). I came out freezing. But coming down the mountain hope itself was planted in my soul. It would be two years though before the sun would begin to thaw me out.

    My godly mother came to visit.

  29. "Stakes in a Snow Storm”

    Our family was living 7,000 feet up on Big Bear Lake, California. I was disillusioned, disappointed, and alienated from God. We nearly lost our family, and one another, during those four years of rebellion. That was in 1971.

    I whizzed down the mountain one morning, slowing down for the hair-pin curves. I noticed a snow storm was closing in rapidly.

  30. Of Almonds, Old Age, and Fruit

    This is my birthday month and I am seventy!  I have always loved birthdays.  Knowing that February comes in the dead of winter has always brightened bitterly cold days.  I could celebrate!  I know that my parents celebrated.  Almond trees waved in full bloom the day they brought me from the hospital to our California home.

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