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Joyce's Journey

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From the Lips of a Child

Posted on April 3, 2016 at 10:00 AM

From the Lips of a Child

"Out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this should not be. Can both fresh water and salt water flow from the same spring?" James 3:10-11

Brooke Schrader walked into my office last week, an eleven-year-old girl with soft blonde hair, a smattering of freckles, pixie-like eyes and a full mout...

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Pushed by Enemies

Posted on April 2, 2016 at 4:15 PM

Pushed by Enemies.

The children of Israel welcomed the day they were freed from slavery. No more endless hours of heavy labor, little food, and battered bodies. Their hearts rejoiced as the packed their belongings to leave Egypt forever. With gleeful anticipation, ...

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Beaten and Bruised

Posted on March 26, 2016 at 9:05 PM

Beaten and Bruised

Beaten, bruised, and whipped forty lashes until near death, Jesus suffered. Then they nailed him to a cross. Fighting to breathe, Jesus arched his back to swallow a gulp of air. With wounded hands, Jesu...

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Lessons from the Chicken Coupe

Posted on March 19, 2016 at 9:55 AM

Lessons from the Chicken Coupe

Collecting eggs with grandma was my favorite chore. She h...

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My Sweet Grandma Mae

Posted on March 13, 2016 at 3:50 PM

My Sweet Grandma Mae

I loved my Grandma. Her name was Mae Larson.

She was a petite Swedish woman who stood 5 feet and 3 inches. She weighed a constant 130 lb.

She rarely ate a second helping of anything—except fried chicken.

She didn’t have a sweet tooth…like me. One cookie was enough for grandma.


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Tears in a Bottle

Posted on March 13, 2016 at 2:20 PM

“Tears in a bottle “.

In bi...

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Greatest show on Earth

Posted on March 12, 2016 at 8:40 PM

Greatest Show on Earth


Headmaster John Ringling of the famous Ringling Brothers Circus opened every performance with the words, “Ladies, Gentlemen a...

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Persistence in Fashion

Posted on March 8, 2016 at 5:40 PM
 Fashionable Persistence

Trying to be a leading Fashion Design...

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Is Life Confusing?

Posted on March 8, 2016 at 4:20 PM

Is Life Confusing?

Are you trying to figure out the meaning of life? Can you remember the last time you felt the presence of God? If you are feeling overwhelmed, you may feel you are too busy to have a genuine sense of God’s closeness. My neighbor has b...

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Knock Knock

Posted on March 6, 2016 at 5:05 PM
Knock Knock

Our new door bell plays a happy melody whenever someone visits our home. Our mailman also rings the door bell when he leaves a package. For a brief moment, I get excited expecting a gift even if it is something I ordered on line. I hope it is everything I imagined it to be whether it is a new dress, a p...

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