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  • Posts By: Ruth Puleo

    The Gift of Peace

    The winter of 1975 was anything but peaceful for me.  While studying at Northwest College thousands of miles from family and friends, I faced multiple trials that rocked my world.  I experienced challenges at school, my job seemed uncertain and several family members at home were hospitalized with serious conditions. I had to make some tough decisions on my own and was unable to help those I loved who were so far away.  Leaving for our Senior Class Retreat to the mountains was a welcomed relief.  However, the snow and icy conditions at the camp set me up for a whopping back flip and a cracked elbow.  Surgery was scheduled but until then, my arm was in a cast and I was facing finals with sleepless nights in writhing pain.  On my way to class, carrying my books in my good arm, a storm raged with winds strong enough to
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    A Really Bad Hair Day

    Have you ever worked for months to grow out your hair hoping to achieve a totally new hairstyle…only to have your new haircut be a disaster? Once it is cut, you can’t go back! You can’t glue those lovely long locks of hair back on. All your dreams of an amazing new look are now being swept up from the floor and you are in a puddle of tears. You reach out to someone who has experience in these matters and can work magic. After all, when that haircut is going to be followed by a photoshoot capturing the “new look” for years to come, you need help fast! This seasoned hairdresser evaluates the damages and shares her report, “even more must be cut to fix the problem.” My first reaction was not good. But, I knew she was right.  The only solution with a future was to re-style the
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    A Waste of Time

    Longing for the NEXT while forfeiting the NOW! There have been many times that I longed for the end of a season.  It wasn’t that I didn’t appreciate the gift of the season I was in, but when something was unpleasant, I looked ahead to when things would be different.  I had no idea how quickly those moments would pass and a new season would begin.  It never dawned on me that once that season was over, I couldn’t go back to relive it. It takes weeks, months to prepare for Christmas.  But once Christmas is over, winter weather drags on and I am longing for the budding of Spring flowers and warmer temperatures. When pregnant, I counted the days for the baby’s birth.  It came, eventually! Loved those midnight feedings, but looked forward to a little more independence. It came!  Loved having my kids at home but anticipated when
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    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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