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PEACE ON EARTH Sharon Bell Peace on earth.  We talk about it.  We sing about it.  We hope for it.  We pray for it.  But what does it look like?  Where do we find it?  Peace on earth isn’t the absence of war.  It isn’t found in a political leader or a political party.  Peace on […]

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A Christmas Elf an original story written and told by Gail Cawley Showalter  

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1-1/2 minute video Christmas Holiday Depression   Gail holds a degree from Lamar University in Speech and a Master’s from the University of Texas. She married Sam after raising three children as a single mother. She was an educator in regular and special education for eighteen years, finishing her professional career as a Braille teacher. […]

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  This story is found every year by those searching for a way to get through Christmas when it is anything but merry. I hope it will carry the message for you that the experience did for me. ~Gail  The Christmas Elf by Gail Showalter First published in Valley Living for the Whole Family, Winter […]

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Butterfly                                                                 by Treva HisPoet Johnson  i crawled on my belly on my side i barely got by never knowing quite what my skin […]

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Christmas is More than Money


Parable of the Pencil The Pencil Maker took the pencil aside just before putting him into the box. “There are five things you need to know,” he told the pencil, “before I send you out into the world. Always remember them and never forget, and you will become the best pencil you can be.  read […]

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An Arranged Encounter I’m about to get out of the car to go into Bed Bath & Beyond to do some Christmas shopping when I see her. A young women is trying to say something to me. When I get out of the car she says, “Directions, directions.” She looks harmless and honest. “I’ve been […]

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Joy Is Possible Even for Single Mom Families The approaching Christmas holiday can cause stress for single parents. I remember standing in the checkout line at Toys”R”Us a few days before the first Christmas after the divorce. I had to wait until I received my December paycheck before I could buy my three kids’ presents. […]

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We Learn From Experience and So Do Our Kids It has to be one of the most difficult things ever to watch your child cope with life’s heartaches. Even when we know that learning and spiritual growth come about during life’s trials, it isn’t easy to watch. It is natural for parents to want to […]


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