Category Archives: Forgiveness

Operation Proper Exit

On Sunday night we watched 60 Minutes. We don’t normally watch this CBS program, but with the death of Andy Rooney we decided to watch the tribute they paid to him after so many years of giving “the last word.” … Continue reading

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A Fragrant Aroma – Don’t Flip When Romance Flops

Our pastor tells us often what people remember most about his Sunday messages is when he shares a personal story of how he’s messed up.  For some reason people resonate and find encouragement through the failures of others.  Not in … Continue reading

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Water Into Wine – Proverbs 14

“Where there are no oxen, the manger is clean, but abundant crops come by the strength of the ox.” Proverbs 14:4 This verse makes us smile every time we read it.  God is saying if you want to bear much … Continue reading

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Grateful For Life

Today is the one day a year where I pause and thank God for giving me life.  Today is my birthday.  The day my Mom labored to bring me into the world.  I’m grateful she was willing to do this … Continue reading

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Trigger Words of Grace

Mark Twain said the difference between the right word and the almost right word is “the difference between lightning and a lightning bug.” I suppose the reverse of this could be said as well – using the wrong words when … Continue reading

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Fragrant Aroma – 4 and 19

This past week we had the opportunity to go to lunch with some friends who have been married a little over a year.  We love to spend time with newlyweds – they have an energy and eagerness to learn about … Continue reading

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Controlling The Burn

As we are posting tonight there is a wild fire raging in a neighboring county causing damage to property and the rerouting of traffic.  It is causing people to flee in fear of losing everything they have.  Last we heard … Continue reading

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10 Hindrances To Cultivating A Romantic Vineyard

#5 – Wrong Motives We’ve all done it.  It’s our human nature to want to look good.  When we look good we feel good, or so we think.  That is until someone comes along (many times it’s our spouse) and … Continue reading

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Live Like You Were Dying

We recently watched the movie, The Bucket List, thinking we would end up turning it off.  But we didn’t.  The message speaks loud and clear that every moment we live matters.  We were quite affected with how much one person … Continue reading

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The Things We’ll Miss

2010 will soon be a memory.  Amazing isn’t it, how quickly a year goes by?  Even more amazing is how fast our lives pass.  We have been given a few short years in this life to make a difference.  This … Continue reading

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The Beauty of Meekness – For the Wives

Well, ladies, today is the day for God to help us as wives understand the Beauty of Meekness.  I must be honest, I had a feeling this week’s message from Nancy Leigh DeMoss would hit me right where I’m struggling, … Continue reading

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Biblical Counseling: Fast and Free

We have had the privilege to take hours of classes on Biblical Counseling these past few years.  It has been a tremendous blessing not only to those we counsel, but to our own marriage as well.  The reality is that … Continue reading

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A Fragrant Aroma: She’s Beautiful!

A while ago Tom and I were at dinner.  He was telling me about a time he was away from home and the people he had met.  One person in particular he was talking about was a woman, so I … Continue reading

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A Fragrant Aroma: Honesty Breeds Intimacy

There have been two MAJOR times in our marriage when honesty – the painful kind of honesty you know is going to hurt your spouse – is necessary.  The first happened during our third year of marriage when I was … Continue reading

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Storing or Hauling?

Garbage Day comes twice a week. We know the days they collect; we know the general time of day they come.  Yet, today we missed it!  The leftovers from our wonderful dinner party on Friday will have to wait around … Continue reading

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Freebie Friday: Food For Thought

We’ve shared with you Grace Gems – a daily encouragement of Puritan thought sent to you via e-mail, but we don’t remember if we’ve shared Ken Sande’s PeaceMeal, from Peacemaker Ministries.  He is the author of the excellent book, The … Continue reading

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Freedom To Fail

Greetings from the high country of North Carolina!  It is snowing “buckets” outside – something I have only seen a few times in my life, and never like this!!!  It is beautiful, but since we don’t have a 4WD vehicle, … Continue reading

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Freebie Friday: A Fresh Look

Today we offer you a fresh look at a familiar passage of scripture as shared from the book, Counsel From The Cross, by Elyse Fitzpatrick and Dennis E. Johnson.  Please take a moment to slowly consider what they are saying … Continue reading

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Freebie Friday – Timely Advice

Since Christmas is only 6 weeks away we thought it would be a great Freebie reminder to watch this hilarious video!  Have a wonderful weekend!

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Watch Your Step

Debi and I had the opportunity to go on a hike in the Sequoia National Forest a few years ago.  As we set out on the trail, Debi was struck by the number of cow patties dotting the trail. I … Continue reading

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