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  • Posts By: Ruth Puleo

    Caught in the Middle

    When getting onto a busy elevator, you can literally risk your life!  With so many hands pushing buttons and people attempting to fit their entire family plus multiple luggage pieces into a 4” x 6” box, you might barely make it on board as the doors close while parts of your body get caught in the squeeze.  If you have experienced this unpleasant elevator crush, you will totally relate to the feeling of being caught between friends who are upset with one another. Have you found yourself in the middle of a disagreement between two people you care about?  It is not a fun place to be!  Both of them are sharing information you would rather not know, but somehow you realize God has allowed you to be there.  It is true that you could tell both parties not to share their grievances with you because you don’t like being
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    Resurrection of Dreams

    A cup of dirt became the burial ground for a lima bean seed in my daughter’s first grade science experiment. We followed the written instructions closely, but that was no comfort to my six year old, as she pressed the seed down into the dirt and covered it.  “But Mom, it’s dark in there.  Can it breathe?  I am sure it is frightened!”  No matter what I said to comfort her, the look of concern and doubt as to a happy outcome cloaked her face.  I promised her that it would be alright and that we would soon see this dormant seed come to life in just a few days.  But, secretly I prayed, “Oh Lord, let this be a healthy seed, not a dud, for the sake of my little girl expectantly waiting for a miracle!”  Sure enough, with sunlight and the appropriate amount of water, the seed sprouted
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    This is My Year To…

    …accept God’s INVITATION Do you remember a time when an invitation came addressed to you and you opened the envelop with such excitement and anticipation you could hardly stand it?  You knew without a doubt that this would be the experience of a life time, picturing what you would wear, who you would be with and how the occasion would unfold?  That is how God wants us to feel about His invitation to us.  He knows exactly what we need and He wants to provide that for us. “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in…”  Matt. 25:35 NIV His invitation to DEEPEN our relationship with Him We are promised that if we hunger for more of God, we will be filled (Matt. 5:6).  God wants to give
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    No Room in the… What?

    The widely known Christmas story describes a desperate woman in labor searching for a place to settle so she can give birth.  To our amazement, after knocking on doors throughout their home town, they settle for an animal stall because there is no room for them in the… INN? Mary and Joseph were not trying to check into a hotel, they were staying with relatives When it came time for Mary to deliver the baby, the Greek translation of Luke’s text says, “she wrapped him in cloth and laid him in a corn crib, as there was no room in the ‘guest room’.” That is right…the guest room.  It is not saying, there was no room in the inn as if it was a place you paid to stay. (Luke 2:1-7) It was customary in Bethlehem, for the family to have a guest room in the front area of the
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    Time For An Eye Exam

    Is it time for my eye exam?  I received notice for my two-year eye exam in the mail.  I made an appointment, not because I thought my eye sight had changed, but because I was ready to change the style of my glasses. To my amazement, the eye exam revealed my eye sight had changed and I needed a different prescription.  Within an hour my new pair of glasses were ready and I could see details at a distance that had eluded me with my old lenses. It may be time for my Spiritual eye exam! During my daily prayer time and reading of God’s Word, I am reminded that it is time for my spiritual eye exam.  So often, I think my spiritual sight is just fine.  But, when I take time to examine my heart according to what God is saying, I find that my vision is lacking
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    A Rock of Offense

    I was walking down a trail through the woods in the dark, when suddenly my foot hit a rock and down I went flat on my face in the dirt.  It took me a moment to grasp what had just occurred as the throb of an injured toe and scraped elbows became painfully evident. I had stumbled upon a stone and it took me down hard! “A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense” 1 Peter 2:8 ESV  We have all thought, “I can’t believe they just said or did that!” There isn’t a person alive who hasn’t stumbled over or been knocked down by a personal offense. If we do not protect our hearts from an accumulation of offenses, they will build to a point that it will damage our relationship with God, our family and friends.  An offended heart has the potential to impact our work and
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    Not Guilty

    I had prepared my pre-school classroom for our craft time with the necessary supplies for each child to create a clown mask.  Small piles of clown eyes, lips, yarn for hair and round sponge noses were stacked for easy assembling.  The paper plates and glue were the last two items handed out before instructions were to be given.  During my final glance at the pre-set tables, I noticed that one table was missing a few clown noses.  I stood by the table and asked the children sitting there, “Who picked their noses?”  To my amazement all eight of them raised their hands while sporting a guilty look on their faces!  It dawned on me that they were not responding to my concern for the missing clown noses, but thought I had asked about the removal of excess mucous from the nose on their face.  I almost burst out laughing, but
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