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Fruitful Thinking

  • Summer Vacation (The Fruit of the Spirit is Peace)

    School's out. Friends are planning trips. My grandsons are vacationing in Africa. My youngest son is hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. I'm sitting in...
  • Time Traveler (The Fruit of the Spirit is Goodness)

    My husband, Rich, and the boys went out to toss the football around before dinner. I curled up on the living room couch where I could watch them pl...
  • School's Out (The Fruit of the Spirit is Joy)

    Today is my grandchildren's last day of school before summer vacation. Yesterday was Field Day (96 degrees) and today is a short day of packing up ...
  • God in Our Stories (The Fruit of the Spirit is Love)

    During the two years after my mother died my life was filled to overflowing taking care of my Dad. My friend Bonnie (bless her heart) gave me a won...
  • Waiting for Bennie (continued)

    Bless your hearts, several of you had questions and expressed concern over the fate of Bennie the cat. I wrote the first part of his story in my bl...
  • God vs. My Comfort Zone (Faithfulness)

  • Waiting for Benny

    My son James' cat, Benny, had been behaving stranger than usual the last couple of days. Strange enough to warrant a trip to the vet. After multipl...
  • Life As It Is

    Praise God, I have been blessed to live well into my sixties. Looking back, almost everything I've experienced, good or bad, has been pretty much u...
  • Journey to the Cross

    My first clear memory of Easter is standing next to my Grandpa Frank in the little Presbyterian church he and Grandma Floy attended. I wore a new ...
  • Peggy's Hummingbird Bread (The Fruit of the Spirit is . . . Love)

    When I was a little girl, Peggy, our next door neighbor, made the most wonderful banana bread. My mom didn't bake much so when I caught a whiff of ...
  • Keep Calm (The Fruit of the Spirit is . . . Peace)

    During our forty-six years of marriage Rich and I have experienced our share of family crises and even heartbreak. We both have a role to play in t...
  • The Sound of Grace (The Fruit of the Spirit is . . . Love . . .)

    Have you ever been surprised by a smell or sound that creates a vivid memory of another time or place? It happened to me. A friend e-mailed me a mu...