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Jimmy Valvano and Courage

Jimmy Valvano and Courage

Below is an excerpt from Coach Jimmy Valvano’s acceptance speech for the inaugural Arthur Ashe Courage and Humanitarian Award at the first-ever ESPY Awards. This was given during his fight with cancer. His words are inspiring and allow us to ...
Why Me? Why Not Me?

Why Me? Why Not Me?

Upon retirement a pastor and his wife moved to their new retirement home at Lake Junaluska and became immersed in Long’s Chapel United Methodist Church. They were inseparable. The pastor’s years as a bishop had brought much travel to his ...
You are a sibling of SpongeBob!

You are a sibling of SpongeBob!

“He who knows no hardships will know no hardihood. He who faces no calamity will need no courage. Mysterious though it is, the characteristics in human nature which we love best grow in a soil with a strong mixture of troubles.” Harry Emerson ...
So Thirsty…

So Thirsty…

Think of a time when you were so thirsty that your thirst was all-consuming. Have you ever been that thirsty? That all you could think about was getting some water? As the first Ugandan mission team prepped for our trip, the employee of ...
Give Me Faith

Give Me Faith

This week we’ve talked about needing to ask for Help . . . for ourselves. When we are weak, when we are afraid, when we seek faith – we ask and call out to God for help to give us faith! For today’s devotion listen to this song . . . Give Me ...
Hypocrisy is…

Hypocrisy is…

Hypocrisy is when we feign high principles. I seek earnestly to TRY to steer away from hypocrisy, so today’s devotion has to focus on the other part of the hospital visit story and how it relates to the prayer, “Please.”   I am asking ...
Hospital Elevators

Hospital Elevators

A few weeks ago I was making a rare hospital visit to have prayer with a dear friend undergoing brain surgery. My emotions were on edge as she has been a vital part of the Smith family for 13 years. She helped raise our children, cared for them ...
The Tutu Impact

The Tutu Impact

Brian McLaren writes about a time when a white South African told him how receiving compassion changed his entire being. “During the apartheid years, this man believed what he was told by white authority figures namely, that those working ...
Refusing Help?

Refusing Help?

When we call out for help (please) we are bound more powerfully to God through our needs and weaknesses, our unfulfilled hopes and dreams, our anxieties and problems than we ever could have been through our joys, successes, and strengths ...
The non-existent cry for “HELP!”

The non-existent cry for “HELP!”

“The acknowledgement of our weakness is the first step in repairing our loss.” –Thomas A Kempis   Once upon a time there was a brilliant young intern who was being pursued by a Fortune 500 company. She did a stellar job during her ...
From the East to West

From the East to West

The beauty of confessing by saying “I’m sorry” is finding peace and mercy in the arms of Christ . . . for today’s devotion listen to this song and allow God to speak to you through the words and music . . .   “I’m not holding on to you, but ...
A Forced “I’m sorry!”

A Forced “I’m sorry!”

One of the funniest things we had to do as parents was mediate between arguments of our children when they did not have the maturity to navigate them on their own.   We tried to always be fair, and typically tried to help them see where ...

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