Category Archives: Snapshots of faith

Thoughts about Him and being His.

Why justify less than our best?

Justification is an interesting action. Have you ever noticed how much you justify to yourself or others why you did or didn’t do something? My moments of justification tend to focus on why I failed to follow through with a … Continue reading

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Processing reality of suicide

The details are foggy about that morning but the tragic reality never leaves me. I remember the call, the intense grief and the hours my younger brother, even younger cousin and I spent playing in the car as the adults … Continue reading

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A model in ‘finishing well’

My dear friends marked their daughter’s 44th birthday on Saturday, the way they’ve faced it for nearly 20 years — with sweet memories, thoughts of what might have been, a desire to share special moments with her and a deep slice of … Continue reading

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Simple act of love or veiled criticism?

My attempt at a gentle teaching moment for a child I’m close to but who is not my actual child wasn’t met with appreciation. I certainly never intended to overstep. I care deeply about a large number of kiddos in … Continue reading

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Touch of kindness makes a difference

Big Jim didn’t like the formality at all. “James Salles” on his nametag just wouldn’t do. He promptly requested a Sharpie and took care of it. Now that’s better, he said. The proud Texan and his wife, Sue, (or Mother, … Continue reading

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Called for a specific moment

Nehemiah had a heart for the people and the project. He believed in it, cared for them and kept the faith. He knew God had called him to this moment and he gave the credit back to God rather than taking it for himself. Continue reading

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Evaluating my faith, obedience

My friend had to cut our phone conversation short because she had to “cram” for her Bible study class coming up that night. “I know this isn’t the way I’m supposed to be studying the Bible,” she said. “The study … Continue reading

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