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So, yesterday, I ventured into the Sunday school class at the small country church we39;ve been attending recently. It wasn39;t the first time I39;d been to the class and probably, maybe, won39;t be the last time. Every other time I39;ve... read more
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A wise teacher and student went for a walk one day into the coutryside near the school where they lived. While walking along a path through the woods, the student and teacher both picked up small pebbles and rocks that they found attractive and... read more
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So yesterday was horrible. Nothing seemed right. I couldn39;t see how anything we had done had made any difference in our life. And I couldn39;t see how we could struggle and work so hard and yet, end up right where we had started. You see, we... read more
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Oh God, Father, Abba, I don39;t get it, Dad. I don39;t get what you39;re trying to show me. I don39;t understand why? I never thought, if I followed you, that my life would be so painful and hard. You promised me you would always be with me,... read more
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I39;m writing this blog in an attempt to answer a question about quot;Word of Faithquot; that was posted on the Wall a few days ago. At the time I first read the post, I wasn39;t even sure what was being referred to as quot;Word of Faithquot;... read more
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In the media, on tv news, on the internet, from family members, from friends, from acquaintances, we are often confronted with the pressure to quot;join inquot;. Cries of quot;Join us in our recycling effortsquot;, quot;Help support our fight... read more
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This little boy was born of a 13 year old mother into a world of foster care. Bounced between instability and stability for the first four years, he was finally adopted and found some permanence in the world. The family who adopted him appeared to be... read more
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Clicked on a link posted online by a friend, (she39;s a local pastor and it sounded interesting, so I thought why not?) only to find that someone has made a quot;newquot; Christian movement based on certain life choices that focus on helping... read more
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Erin Cochran @throughfaith (United States)
What a time this has been over the last couple of months. One thing after another has demanded attention and time. Both good things and bad things have played a game of tugowar with my heart, my mind, my body, and my faith and left me second... read more
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Erin Cochran @throughfaith (United States)
Four years ago my uncle, my dad39;s only brother, passed away quite suddenly. He had surgery on his knee and all was well. He was set to return home the next morning but the next morning brought a phone call that he had died during the night from a... read more
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When we were foster parents, we worked with children who were considered to need a higher level of care than normal. These were the kids, essentially, that no one else wanted or could deal with. Most of them had been through several regular foster... read more
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As I have gone through life and all of the challenges and stages and places and things along the way, I have had many friends and acquaintances. From classmates to coworkers to fellow church goers to neighbors to the clerks at the store in our small... read more
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All I want for my birthday ... is to not be here for my birthday. After all what would it matter if I wasn39;t here? My son is old enough to take care of himself now. My daughter doesn39;t give a flip about me and never will. My husband lives in... read more
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Erin Cochran @throughfaith (United States)
As my son ages, our life has changed immeasurably. Born first to older parents, he was much loved and wanted and desired in our life. And, as first time parents, so many dreams were born with him. As time moved on in his young life, our dreams... read more
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In my last blog I talked about taking a short vacation for some rest and relaxation on a camping trip. Well, we did so. For over a month we had planned the trip as a break for us and for our kids. Our son had been taking three really heavy college... read more
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Well, for the next few days we are off to rest and renew. I think it39;s about time as it39;s been over a year now since we39;ve had a weekend off as a family. We39;re heading to a cluster of state parks and historic sites in the eastern part... read more
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Well, it39;s another one of those days. I got up about 730 this morning and decided to let the cats in out of the rather warm utility room into the air conditioned house. As I opened the door, there was a lack of activity and I quickly realized... read more
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When I was 3 years old I began attending my first Sunday school class at church. It was a big deal. I got to wear my white gloves and I had a little white purse that matched ... (well it would have matched my shoes if I didn39;t insist on wearing... read more
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Throughout the course of my life I have experienced a multitude of what you might call quot;misunderstandingsquot;. Saying things or doing things that are completely misinterpreted the wrong way, seems to be a way of life for me. Try as I might to... read more
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Truth is I am one of those people who doesn39;t belong anywhere. I have tried in the past to belong to one church or another, to be part of this denomination or that, even to quot;fit inquot; with nondenominational groups who profess to accept... read more
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Ok, since we don39;t have status posts to track our mundane everyday occurrences ... and we were told to stretch the normal way in which we have blogged in the past, I thought I39;d give it a try. In these economic hard times, mainly the fact that... read more
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(part 3) How we endure hardships depends on how those hardships come to us and how long they last. Some hardships, like a car accident that lands us in the hospital or a change in income that only lasts a few weeks or months, we tend to plow through... read more
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(part two) The truth of enduring hardships in our lives is often rather ugly. Far from spending our days in prayer with our Lord or feeling at peace while scriptures we have learned over time sing through our minds and help us easily get through the... read more
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Erin Cochran @throughfaith (United States)
At some point in our lives, and for some of us at several points, we all endure some kind of hardship, those things in our lives that turn us upside down and inside out and leave us trampled underfoot. Whether it39;s an illness, a problem in a... read more
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This is a sad story. One that leaves me wholly unsettled. Almost ten years ago while sitting in church, a woman in the congregation came forward and asked for prayer. She had been to the doctor off and on for a few months with headaches and they had... read more
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