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Graduating May 31, 2008

Posted by Michelle Knoll in Devotionals.
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At this time of year, one happening stands out more than all the rest:  graduation.  For many teenagers, this is the most major experience of their lives, up to this point.  They’ve worked at learning, at getting an education, for 12 years (thirteen if you count kindergarten), and now they are finally at the point where they are going to receive the ultimate prize for their work:  a diploma.

For some reason, this year’s graduation season brought the disciple Peter to mind, and I thought of one particular situation involving this man.  I consider Peter to be the most “frustrated” of all the disciples.  No matter how hard he tried to do right, he usually ended up making a mistake somewhere along the way.  Sometimes his mistakes — his failures — were so big that the Lord even rebuked him.  Remember their conversation when Jesus asked the disciples, “Who do men say that I am?” and then He asked, “But who do you say that I am?”  Well, Peter answered that question, didn’t he?  And got an “A+” for his response!  Remember that?  (more…)

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In Honor of the Moms of the World… May 10, 2008

Posted by Michelle Knoll in Devotionals.
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 In honor of Mother’s Day, I felt inspired to write a modern day version of Proverbs 31:10-31.  I have always enjoyed reading that passage of scripture, and yet I always felt like I never did measure up to all that it mentioned.

 

Most of us do the very best we can, and realize that we’re not going to be perfect.  There are some of us moms, however, that really get frustrated or depressed when we can’t make things work the way we would like.  We get irritated with ourselves when we mess up, we condemn ourselves when we forget things, or lose things, or drop things, or whatever.  Yet in all honesty, we are too harsh on ourselves.  We need to remember, in the grand scheme of things, we do an amazing job of creating life and of helping life to continue on.

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Peace… May 4, 2008

Posted by Michelle Knoll in Devotionals.
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What exactly is peace?  Is it just being at rest; i.e., not moving?  Is it the lack of sound?  It is a state of being totally relaxed?  Some people think that peace is these things, or a combination of these things. For instance, people confuse peace with quiet, because they typically occur at the same time.  But you can be in a completely quiet room, and still not be at peace.  Then again, you can be in a crowd of noisy people, and still experience peace within yourself.
 
So what is peace?  Is it a feeling, or a condition?  Is it something you create yourself, or do circumstances dictate whether or not you have it?  Do you inherit peace from your parents?  Or is it something that is given to you by someone else? (more…)