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Arctic sea birds called guillemots live on rocky coastal cliffs, where thousands of them come together in small areas. Because of the crowded conditions, the females lay their eggs side by side in a long row. It’s incredible that a mother bird can identify the eggs that belong to her. Studies show that even when one is moved some distance away, she finds it and carries it back to its original location.

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Serving With Limitations

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When he was not yet 4 years old, Itzhak Perlman was stricken by polio, making him unable to use his legs. But he compensated for that loss by devoting himself to his violin. In the years that followed, he delighted multitudes of people with his music. He lost the use of his legs but his music gave him wings. What an inspiring example of devotion!

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The Obedience Factor

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Dewey VanderVelde refused to be baptized. He steadfastly resisted, even when his wife and daughters were baptized one Sunday afternoon.

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Picking Daisies

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I can recall when in grade school my eyes first met those of a brown-eyed girl seated a couple of rows away from me. It’s hard to put into words, but something happened. It was my first case of “puppy love.” Those were the days when we’d take a daisy and pluck off its petals one by one, all the while saying with a certain person in mind, “She loves me, she loves me not.” Oh, how it hurt when the daisy’s last petal was “she loves me not.”

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What's The Point?

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What’s the point? This question came to mind as I watched my grandsons’ dog fetch a ball for me again and again.

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God's Astonishing Promise

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The writer to the Hebrews quotes God as saying to His people, “I will never leave you nor forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5). How does that strike you? Is it just some pleasant piety that evokes a wide yawn?

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Pain Is Not Pointless

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During times of hardship, I often feel like whining, “Who needs this pain? I certainly don’t!” But Isaiah 28 and my own experience tell me this is a shortsighted reaction. Not that we need hardship just for its own sake, but we do need to be changed and to mature. In God’s hand, hardship can be an effective tool to bring about our much-needed growth.

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Marching Off The Map

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Life is what happens to us while we are making other plans. Our lives are subject to detours and corrections that we never expected or imagined.

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The Frog's "Blackboard"

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As a young boy, one of my favorite pastimes was hunting frogs along the banks of a pond near our home. I was unaware of their unique visual powers that enabled them to elude me so easily. Later I learned that the frog’s optical field is like a blackboard wiped clean, and that the only images it receives are objects that directly concern him. These little amphibians are never distracted by unimportant things, but are aware only of essentials and whatever may be dangerous to them.

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Letters To God

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Every year thousands of letters addressed to God find their way to a post office in Jerusalem. One letter, addressed to “God of Israel,” requested assistance in getting a job as a bulldozer driver. Another said: “Please help me to be happy, to find a nice job and a good wife—soon.” One man asked forgiveness for stealing money from a grocery store when he was a child.

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