I Don’t Want to Learn How to Swim

When my brother and I were about this age, our mom, Murph, decided that we needed to learn to swim. Acting upon her decision, she bought a package of swimming lessons for us at the local YMCA in Newton, Massachusetts. Back then, only men were allowed to be at the Y. Women had to go…

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When the Walls Fall

“Grandfather, how will I know what to do? You have told me so many times that I am special. But what does that mean? What will I do that is so important?” The old man leaned over and scooped up the tiny girl. She was small, but he could see that there was greatness in…

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Chasing Shells

As I type this, I am being serenaded by the sounds of the ocean and the breeze flowing through the palm trees.  Our family is on a beach vacation in South Carolina.  I took a glorious walk on the beach this morning.  The second my toes hit the sand, I was transported to my six-year-old…

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Stop Saying Yes, When You Want To Say No

A movie was playing at the local theater and my daughter, April, asked three girls from work if they’d like to go. Two said yes, but Celine said no–without giving any reason. April told me it initially had the sting of rejection, but later she respected Celine for being so candid. Celine had been studying…

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The Soulmate Search

Six-figure income, tall, thin, sports car and homeowner. Yep, single people usually have at least a mental checklist of characteristics they want to see in their future spouse. I’ve had several share their lists with me and I’ve seen “must haves” right down to the eye color. When they ask what I think, it’s hard…

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Are Your Relationships Normal?

I managed a gift shop for about six months when I was between jobs, and the staff was so drama-filled they made Keeping Up With The Kardashians look boring. Pat claimed she couldn’t afford a place to live so she called the local hotel her home–yet it cost a small fortune to reside there; she…

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The Perfect Day

When my children were small we lived on the marsh in southeast Georgia. Our backyard overlooked the eighth fairway in Osprey Cove, a neighborhood located in St. Mary’s Georgia. Our home had a large, two-story window in the family room and as you looked out, you could see across the marsh into Florida.   You…

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Forgive, You’ve Been Forgiven

Mornings are a great time to pray, the earlier, the better because the house is quiet and the demands for my attention are just about nil. Not only that but, biblically, there is a clear precedent throughout the Word of God that establishes a model of rising early and having a designated place to pray.…

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Refinement and Reflections

Several years ago when I went through the fires of refinement and faced a serious and potentially fatal health challenge, I asked myself, as well as God, many questions. How did I find myself in this furnace of affliction? God, am I being sifted? God, am I being disciplined? Am I being punished? Are you…

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Character Counts

Nothing outside of salvation will impact living a life without regrets more than having a Godly character.   Freedom Today was my birth child, given as a gift from the Lord. It was a nationally and internationally syndicated television show that aired for a number of years. I was the host and executive producer of…

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