ROCKS

The 8-25-2017 “Upper Room” devotion spoke of using a small, smooth pink stone as a daily reflection reminder. It helps the writer remember to thank God for her blessings. On my desk is a small, smooth rock painted like a red ladybug. It is a “worry stone”- holding it reminds...

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VOICES AND WORDS

The Gift of Voice ministry in Edwardsville held a Pastor Resource Day this week. I attended and learned a lot about mental health resources. Did you know that the Illinois Warm Line provides free proactive wellness support to anyone in IL, 8 am- 5 pm M-F? (866-359-7953) We were united...

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HIDDEN TREASURE AND PRIZE

I won’t tell you where it is, but we have a hidden treasure on our church property. It is a labyrinth, a long circuitous path for prayers and meditation. Ours is marked by a sign that explains it is a “quiet place of meditation dear to the heart of Sue...

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SUNFLOWER PROGRESS

On Easter Sunday everyone who came to church was offered a little packet of sunflower seeds. The seeds are resurrection symbols: they look small and dead but when planted will grow into 9-12 foot plants with blooms up to 1 foot across. Pastor Dennis chose the verse from John (12:24)...

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I WAS A STRANGER, AND SHE INVITED ME IN

One of my favorite Bible passages is Matthew 25:35, “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink. I was a stranger and you invited me in.” A friend of mine followed Matthew’s words but would have read:...

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LISTS

I love lists. They help me gather my thoughts and focus on what to do next. I like to write them in the order the tasks should be done. I like to group “like” things together on the list. Lists gladden my heart. As a teacher, I learned that not...

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