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Off the Bench

Not being “chosen” can bring anxiety to any of us. My son came home from school disappointed that he had been cut (with all the other freshmen) from the Science Bowl team. Too many had signed up so the upper classmen got preference. …

Joy

Picture little kids playing in a sprinkler, hydrant, or fountain. Add a puppy to the scene if you’d like. Think about what they look like, how they run and splash and squeal with joy. A favorite word: joy. …

Found

I love surprises. Giving or getting them, it’s all good. I’m pretty good at hiding anything for a surprise later on—sometimes too good. Last Easter I lost something I had hidden. This past Christmas, I found it. …

Sunrise Message: Easter Sunday

Have you ever seen a really great sunrise? It begins with a gradual lightening of the darkness. Then the sunlight pierces the sky, shooting beams of brightness into the day. Within minutes it sets the sky ablaze in colors—red, orange, pink, purple, blue, and yellow—all dancing together to push out the night and herald the day. …

Roles We Play

God made me a natural communicator. At the age of eight I won my first award for writing. At age thirteen I landed a supporting role in the eighth-grade musical, The Music Man. My childhood achievements stemmed entirely from how God created me. Although I received little encouragement as a child, I know now my gifts and talents blossomed because of who my Creator made me to be. …