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Over the past several years of writing for CWO I have hoped to share my own spiritual journey with others and encourage us all as we went along together. This time I feel compelled to say some hard things that may upset some of you, but I believe they need to be said.  (These are […]

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Keefer Pears

Green-yellow heavy orbs with golden-brown mottling are bending the boughs of the Keefer pear tree.  The Honey bees are still in abundance, even though they are moving sluggishly in the cool late autumn days.  They love the pears and guard them faithfully. The Keefers are not the prettiest of fruit; they are large, hard, yet […]

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By Melissa Zelniker-Presser I don’t usually get too personal about my husband, but last night at work God spoke to me about sharing my love for him with all of you.  About how God is the centerpiece of my marriage.  And how God redeemed the love we had for one another and used it for […]

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NC Sunset 2

By Patti Burris With the bang of the gavel, my life was changed forever.  After 7 ½ years of marriage, my dreams of a house in the country and white picket fences lay shattered at my feet.  My heart ached.  I felt anger, hurt, sadness, desperation, and fear all at the same time.  I was […]

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Sand Heart

If you’ve read Alice in Wonderland or have seen the movie, you know how the Red Queen had nooooo mercy for the hungry frog in her court that stole a tart from her.  He was doomed  ~ “off with his head!”  ~ the second he reached out and took that tart. Mercy is defined by […]

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By JoAnn Crane What am I doing that is of eternal significance?  What am I willing to sacrifice for the Lord in reaching others?  How do I react when I am called upon to enter into the “trials of the faith?” It’s mid-morning and before I open my ladies’ devotional… my grateful heart speaks: Good […]

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