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The Miracle of Bethesda

Posted by on Dec 1, 2020 in A HAPPY HOME, Blog, History by the Slice | 0 comments

The acoustics in the Church of Saint Anne in Jerusalem are out of this world. The sound echoes and plays on the walls, transforming the music of our small group so that it sounds like a much larger group is singing. Our tour group sang the old hymn, “How Great Thou Art,” although I simply mouthed the words because the last thing this holy site needed was the horror of my singing voice amplified by these walls. My voice is enough to make even a saint faint. But fortunately our group had some beautiful voices… O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder Consider all the worlds Thy hands hath made, I see the stars, I hear the rolling thunder, Thy power throughout the universe displayed… The day we visited Saint Anne’s was a gorgeous spring afternoon, with...

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Happy Thanksgiving

Posted by on Nov 26, 2020 in Blog, Bonus Days | 0 comments

Wishing you and your family a blessed and healthy Thanksgiving. Take lots of photos and make some memories! From all of us at Just 18...

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A Thanksgiving “What If…”

Posted by on Nov 24, 2020 in Blog, Bonus Days | 1 comment

What if God limited Himself to pouring out His blessings upon us according to the thankfulness in our hearts and flowing from our lips? What if the prayers He answered were based on our gratitude from past responses to our requests? Thank you notes seem to have blown away with the winds of the years that fly by. I sometimes fear that to be the case spiritually for me—that I haven’t thanked God often enough for what He’s done for me. Can you relate?  We get so caught up in the whirlwind of life, even in the midst of a pandemic that has pulled out all the stops in trying to get us to slow the pace. To hunker down. To focus on the things that matter—like family. Like what we have, instead of focusing on what we don’t...

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Thanksgiving Fruit Salad

Posted by on Nov 16, 2020 in A LASTING FAITH, Blog, Family Do-votions | 0 comments

Thanksgiving is a celebration of thanking God for a good harvest and a good year. It’s the end of the season of harvesting apples, pumpkins, watermelon, and other fruits. The Bible talks about different types of fruits. Jesus taught that we are to be fruitful in good deeds. There are fruits of the Holy Spirit like peace, joy, and goodness. Make a fruit salad as a reminder of the harvest. Add in cherries that have the pits removed to remember that God takes away the pain of hard times. Add in some dried fruits like raisins. Dried fruits are one of the ways pilgrims kept fruits over the winter. The fresh fruit is placed in the sun to dry. Then the fruit lasts a very long time. After all, all the apples that fall in the autumn cannot be...

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But Why?

Posted by on Nov 13, 2020 in A CHERISHED FAMILY, Blog, Inspiration for the Journey | 0 comments

There it is again like an echo bouncing off the kitchen walls. A three-letter word that is never satisfied. “Why?” my grandson asks. A little hand pats my leg, soft but insistent. Round blue eyes search mine as if the connection somehow might supply what he needs to know. I’ve heard the question at least a billion times this morning, and as I plop myself down, exhausted by his innocent insistence, I recognize within my heart how often that word comes into my own complexities of life. I hear it when I think of the disappointment of hope crushed. I think of it when circumstances go amuck. I remember its helplessness from a sterile white hospital bed where the heart wrenching question came with tears, “Why?” Maybe those annoying repetitions of a child are much more than they seem....

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