Couples in the Bible: David and Abigail

David is on the run from King Saul when he meets Abigail. She is described as discerning and beautiful. {1 Samuel 25:3} They first meet when David asked Abigail’s husband, Nabal, to find favor in his eyes and come on a feast day. However, Nabal refused. Abigail, upon hearing of the news, prepares a meal and goes out to meet […]

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Behind the Hymn: Sweeter As the Days Goes By

Sweeter as the Days Goes By was written by Genser Smith. The song has a 1984 copyright with LeFevre-Sing Publishing. The sweet hymn is often performed in the Gaither Homecoming videos. I’ve been unable to find any additional information on Genser Smith or the song. However, I love the lyrics and the reminder “The more I trust Him, the more […]

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Book Review: A Patchwork Past by Leslie Gould

When Sophie Deiner returns to the Amish community few welcome her back. As she recovers from an illness, she befriends a group of migrant workers and begins to advocate on their behalf, opposing her ex-boyfriend. While Sophie enjoys her respite the quilt shop owner, Jane Berger, shares the story of her Amish ancestors and the Great Chicago Fire of 1871. […]

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Couples in the Bible: David and Michal

Michal is King Saul’s younger daughter. {1 Samuel 14:49} At first King Saul’s older daughter, Merab, was promised to David after he defeated Goliath. Later, Merab was married to Adriel the Meholathite. {1 Samuel 18:17} Michal loved David {1 Samuel 18:20} so Saul then invited David to marry Michel, but he stated he was a poor man and could not […]

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Patriotic Song: Yankee Doodle Dandy

We just celebrated the 4th of July over the weekend.  Today I want to share the story behind one of our patriotic songs, Yankee Doodle Dandy. We all think about the Revolutionary War when we hear the song, however, the folk song dates back to even before the Revolutionary War. Yankee Doodle Dandy dates back to the Seven Years War.  […]

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Special Announcement: Prayer Book Release

It is my joy to announce the recent release of my first prayer book. This is 90 Breath Prayers for the Healthcare Professional. These prayers are short and cover a variety of situations. Also, the accompanying 90 Day Breath Prayer journal just released. Now you can write your own breath prayers. 90 Breath Prayers for the Healthcare Professional is the […]

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Couples in the Bible: Elkanah and Hannah

Elkanah is an Ephrathite and has two wives. The first is Hannah, who is childless, and the second is Peninnah, who has children.  {1 Samuel 1:1-2} Each year they go to Shiloh to offer their sacrifice. To Peninnah and her children, Elkanah gave a portion but to Hannah he gave a double portion “because he loved her”. However, Peninnah enjoys […]

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Names of God: Jehovah Chereb

Jehovah Chereb means the Lord the Sword.      “Happy are you, O Israel! Who is like you, a people saved by the LORD, the shield of your help, and the sword of your triumph! Your enemies shall come fawning to you, and you shall tread upon their backs.”.  Deuteronomy 33:29

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Couples in the Bible: Boaz and Ruth

Ruth is a widowed woman living in her home country of Moab, when we first meet her. She decides not to return home to her parents but to accompany her mother-in-law, Naomi, back to her homeland. She makes the impassioned promise of “Where you go I will go and your people will be my people” to her mother-in-law. When they […]

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Father’s Day Song: Good Good Father

Happy Father’s Day to all our Fathers. This song story is about the best Father of all. The Lord our God. Good Good Father refers to all the ways the Lord loves his children. It’s because of who he is, not who we are. The song was written by written by Pat Barrett and Tony Brown and recorded by Chris […]

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Couples in the Bible: Amram and Jochebed

Jochebed was the daughter of Levi. {Numbers 26:59} She is the wife of Amram and also believed to be his aunt. {Exodus 6:20} Amram and Jochebed had three children Aaron, Miriam and Moses. The little we know about this couple comes from Moses birth story. Pharaoh decreed all baby boys thrown into the Nile. He feared the Jewish people would […]

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Hymn Story: Open my eyes that I may see

Open my eyes that I may see was written by Clara H. Scott. She was born in Elk Grove, Illinois on December 3, 1841. In 1856, Scott attended the first Music Institute held by C.M. Cady. She married in 1861 Henry Clay Scott. She wrote at least twenty hymns and published The Roy­al An­them Book in 1882, the first an­them […]

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