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God Gives Us One Another

I looked around at the many different faces surrounding me, and I whispered a quiet prayer of thanks. “Lord, I love each one of them so much. Thank you for making them a part of my life.” The many faces belonged to my relatives—strong, loving, wise, gentle, witty, and  compassionate souls I had known for […]

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We Need Each Other

I glanced down at the “Table Topics” card. “What are you thankful for?,” it said. I looked around the room at the receptive faces of the young women in front of me. “I’m thankful for you,” I said. The high school and college-aged girls had taken time out of their busy lives to attend a […]

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God’s Man for the Job

Sarah with Toney . . . and the key to her house Have you ever had an encounter with someone, and they reminded you of the Lord’s goodness and involvement in your life? Our family met such a man recently when my daughter Sarah bought her first house. Since she graduated college about 3 years […]

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You’ve Got a Friend!

Recently, I took refreshments to our Thursday morning Ladies Bible Study group, an activity that usually produces a lot of stress for me. I don’t have the gift of hospitality, so all that planning, preparing, and serving would usually wear me out. But not this time! That’s because I decided to jump in and help […]

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Standing on the Rock

Doctors amputated Sam’s leg two weeks ago. One of my heroes of the faith, Sam has been the subject of my blog before. See http://susanjaneking.com/abundant-life/when-things-go-from-bad-to-worse/ My husband David and I went to visit Sam at the rehabilitation center this week. Sam is the one with the enormous smile in the middle of the photo. That […]

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Sharing the Gift of a Smile

My grandson Landon and his infectious smile (Photo proof courtesy of Karen Goforth, Irresistible Portraits) I took my 3-month-old grandson Landon to have his picture taken at Irresistible Portraits in Kannapolis, NC, yesterday. I watched as he smiled, cooed, laughed, and grinned at everyone he met. Before long, I noticed everyone else was smiling too. Landon spreads […]

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Launching Our Arrows

“Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them” (Psalm 127:4-5, NASB). Arrows are meant to be launched, shot into the bright open sky, aimed at a specific target. Like those arrows, our children stay in our quiver […]

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Running Together

David and I after my first 5K I started running this past year. I was looking for a new way to exercise, something that got me away from my basement exercise equipment and into the world around me. Plus, to be honest, I hoped I could run some with my extremely athletic husband and join […]

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