7 Dec 2008

Stress and Recovery

Over the last several months my life and schedule have been extremely full. I often wonder if I am going to be able to accomplish everything that I need to do. I am stretched more than I have ever been stretched before. Will life ever slow down? For the last several years I have been...
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30 Nov 2008

Living with Less and Loving it MORE!

For several months I have been pondering the phrase, “Living with Less, and Loving it More.” We are facing economically uncertain times for sure. Our nation and our families may be challenged with things we have not faced in our lifetime. On Thanksgiving Day we had a wonderful time with Jim’s mom who is 93...
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23 Nov 2008

Follow Your Deepest Calling

The week of Thanksgiving is a wonderful time of refreshment for me. The week is simple, the family time intimate, and the opportunity to think and meditate on all of God’s provisions is sweet. It is so important to stop and take time to reflect, to refresh, and to refrain from the busyness that is...
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16 Nov 2008

Our Hope is in GOD

When challenges come our way, and they will, we have two options. We can fear or we can trust. Today we all are facing challenges. What will the future hold for us personally as well as nationally? How will the current climate in the financial market affect our family? How can we as a family...
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9 Nov 2008

We Need a Cause

In Chris Tomlin’s song, Love, there is verse that I have been thinking about this week. It is this: “When our hope is hard to find, and our faith is in decline, we need a cause to stand behind, love.” As I have thought about this verse, I have come to a greater resolve that...
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3 Nov 2008

Dear Circle Family

Tomorrow our nation will gather for one of the most important elections in the history of the United States of America. It is historic because some of the values and positions that are at stake deal with the very foundations of our republic. Both candidates promise change and claim to have a plan that will...
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2 Nov 2008


This month, more than any other, my heart is focused on thankfulness. Call it getting ready for Thanksgiving, getting close to the end of year…whatever it is, I spend time reflecting deeply. I love this time of year. It is not only a wonderful time being with family and friends celebrating different holidays, but for...
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26 Oct 2008

The Little Things

When we were growing up our parents taught us, by both word and example, to pay attention to little things. If you do a thing at all, do it thoroughly: make the sheets really smooth on the bed, sweep all the comers and move all the chairs when you sweep the kitchen, roll the toothpaste...
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19 Oct 2008

It’s Not About ME!

Rom. 12:10 says, “Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love, in honour preferring one another.” There are times when I do not feel preferred and there are times when I do not prefer others. In fact there are even times when I am completely oblivious to the needs of others. At times I...
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12 Oct 2008

For This Woman We Have Prayed

On Tuesday, October 7, Timothy our fourth child and second son, asked Andrea Lee McClure to be his wife. For over twenty-one years, we have prayed for Andrea. Though we did not know her name until nineteen months ago, we did know that one day our precious son would find the love of his life...
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