Category Archives: Encouragement

How Narrow Is Your Christian Road?

In our church days, when I sat in an interlocking chair, stared ahead at the big white screen, and sang words that flashed by, I used to wonder, vaguely, if God was calling me to do something, and I wasn’t … Continue reading

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The Dumbing Down of America Marches on

I have a friend who worked for the medical publication industry — which creates articles and circulars that enjoin: “Get your flu shot and eat those veggies!” Years ago, she explained, this written material was created at various reading levels, … Continue reading

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Why Are Christians Panicking?

Like various government, corporate, and financial agencies, I scroll through Facebook to get an idea of how the populace is thinking, and the other day someone posted a video clip of Air Force Lt. General McInerney — somber, serious, and very … Continue reading

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Christians: Here Are Three Sentences That Really Help People

Words are powerful, but not in the way prosperity preachers or New Age advocates claim. While words themselves do not convey any ability to create reality, simply because we utter them (e.g., “I CLAIM this blessing!”), they affect those around us because … Continue reading

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Gathering Thoughts — The Story of This Painting

The story of the painting, Gathering Thoughts, by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve: The ocean is a place of peace and tranquility, interspersed with motion, movement, and the endless sound of the surf. The first response of … Continue reading

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Mindless, Meaningless Phrases We Repeat

Life in the world of men consists of partial statements, misinformation, disinformation, and 95 percent of the truth mixed in with 5 percent of the lie, and the winner of the game is the one who recognizes this and doesn’t … Continue reading

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Into the Surf: The Story of This Painting

The story of Into the Surf, the original oil painting by Steve Henderson at Start Your Week with Steve: Children are the world’s best imitators. Naturally observant (until we educate it out of them), they learn by watching, reflecting and doing, … Continue reading

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Alone Does Not Mean Lonely; and Lonely Does Not Mean Loser

I live in a society that is desperately afraid of being alone. So alarmed are we of solitude that we define normalcy by how many groups we belong to: “I go to church, Sunday School, and small groups.” “I volunteer through our … Continue reading

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We’re Not Rich, but We OWN Our House

Sixteen years ago, my husband the Norwegian Artist and I had an improbable dream: we wanted to find a place in the country and raise our kids there. I say improbable because 1) we had four kids and 2) we … Continue reading

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Christianity’s Broken Promise — or Man’s?

This weekend I enjoyed the company of three out of four of my adult children. It is impossible for me to describe to you how much I love these four progeny of mine — whenever I talk to them, play … Continue reading

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