Grief: The Healing Place – Part 3 of 3
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Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer Grief breaks into our lives whether we are ready or not. Usually, we are not. But with God’s help, the broken pieces can be fit back together and made stronger. For Part 1 and Part 2 of this series on grief, see July 17, 2022,

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Grief: Sorrow Shared – Part 2 of 3
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Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer We all meet grief at some point in our lives. There is no right, better, or perfect way to grieve, but sharing our experiences with others can help us in our own journey. For Part 1 of this 3-part series, click here. Part 2  During

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Grief: The Intimacy of Suffering – Part 1 of 3
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Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer Everyone faces grief at some point in their life. There is no right, better, or perfect way to deal with it. We just deal with it. In our own way. But there are many little broken bits we have in common with others, and we

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It’s Easy to Get Sidetracked
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Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer Life speaks to us metaphorically all the time. Consider the word “sidetracked.” The Online Etymology Dictionary (not the bug book) says the word is from the old railroad days (1874) when a “side-track” or railway siding allowed train cars to move onto a sidetrack. The

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Celebrate Freedom
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Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer It is right to celebrate freedom. It is right to celebrate independence from tyranny. And it is right to remember those who paid the greatest price for that freedom and independence. Therefore, on this Independence Day for our nation, let us also remember the freedom

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A Sense of Place
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Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer Have you ever felt out of place, as if you didn’t belong? Have you ever thought a comment, piece of artwork, or something else was out of place? It just didn’t fit. A sense of place – belonging – is highly valued, and that’s why

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Tend to Your Herd: Tribute to a Dad
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By Jake Spencer Tend to Your Herd The sun comes up and the moon goes down, I roll outta bed, my feet hit the ground. I pull on my pants, ’n slide on my boots, The cowboy inside me comes from my roots.   Three kids in

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Hunger and Thirst No More – Guest post by Donna Schlachter
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 @davalynnspencer Please welcome author Donna Schlachter today as she shares unusual insight into hunger and gives us a peak at her historical, romantic-mystery novel, Calli. By Donna Schlacter             Scripture tells us that God will use an animal to get a person’s attention. The donkey talked to

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How to Handle Faltering Faith
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Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer I am happy to welcome author Susan G. Mathis to my blog on this Memorial Day weekend. She survives her husband, Lt. Col. Dale Mathis who served in the United States Air Force 21 years and was a true officer and gentleman. Susan is

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One Letter Can Make All the Difference
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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer As a writer, I spend a lot of time looking at words and how similar one can be to another, such as rapid and rabid. One letter can make all the difference. In my novels, do characters whimper or whisper? Do they pick up

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The Seeds of Creation
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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer It’s so easy to take certain things for granted when we’ve never known anything else. Like creation. Everything God started “in the beginning” continues today. The seed from the first tree and flower has reproduced kind after its kind over the millennia. The light

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Mom-Care

By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer What is it about a mother that makes her do things for her children all the time? Even when no one knows—especially her children. I believe it’s the God-gene in her—not in a scientific, physiological sense, but in a spiritual sense. God’s fingerprint is

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On My Own
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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer When my youngest granddaughter was a toddler, I watched her one day each week. She slowed me down, thank God. She drew my focus to tiny hands, the floor I thought was clean, the lower shelves of my bookcase. She forced me to look

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For the Journey – Always Before Me
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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer The psalmist wrote: “I have set the Lord always before me; because He is at my right hand, I will not be moved” (Psalm 16:8). With God as his focus and companion, the psalm-singer knew he would not be shaken off his path. This

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WANTED: Jesus of Nazareth
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By Davalynn Spencer @davalynnspencer Slip out of time with me—more than 2,000 years back—and consider: Jesus was dead. Crucifixion will do that to a person. But all things are possible, right? Isn’t that what the angel told Jesus’ mother thirty-three years earlier? Clearly, she believed and proved it

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