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Posted on 1.19.2018 by Jody Noland

Over the last six months, I’ve spent a lot of time looking at the expanse of the Atlantic Ocean. The beauty is breathtaking and ever-changing. And the vastness of the sea provides a constant reminder to keep things in perspective.

But gazing upon something so large and unending as the ocean is also a constant reminder of how small I am in the grand scheme of life. Somewhat akin to a grain of sand as one of the 7.4 billion people on the planet.
 
Do you ever feel small and insignificant like I do? 

Posted on 1.15.2018 by Jody Noland

What a question! I know you’re not a violent person. And in your wildest dreams you couldn’t imagine killing someone unless it was for self-defense or to protect a loved one.
 
But what if you could be slaying someone in another way?

What if you could be slowly killing someone with your words?

Posted on 10.16.2017 by Jody Noland

Most people say “what a great idea” when encouraged to write letters of affirmation and blessing to those they love.

Posted on 7.01.2017 by Jody Noland

“Wow, God.” That thought has been on repeat in my brain.
 
After eight years of widowhood, I am about to become a bride again.
 
Tomorrow, Rob and I will join our lives in the sacred covenant of marriage.
 
“Wow, God,” indeed.
 
Being the reflective type, I’ve thought a lot about the last eight years of my life, of the countless ways I’ve seen God’s faithfulness.
 
What are the headlines from those last eight years?

Posted on 5.12.2017 by Jody Noland

For the last month, we’ve been commercially bombarded with endless reminders that Mother’s Day is fast approaching.
 
Yes, the holiday is a wonderful celebration of motherhood. Moms who endlessly give and serve their families throughout the year do deserve to be honored and affirmed.
 
Yet for many, Mother’s Day elicits more pain than joy. But why?

Posted on 4.28.2017 by Jody Noland

The 2017 NFL Draft is underway in Philadelphia. And over the next few nights, atop the steps that Rocky ascended, lifelong dreams will be coming true as aspiring players are selected for NFL teams.
 
Many of those drafted feel fortunate just to have survived to adulthood. Countless players come from the humblest of circumstances, having never known financial or physical security.
 
The future financial compensation can be staggering for those whose names are called by the NFL Commissioner.
 

Posted on 4.21.2017 by Jody Noland

Have you ever seen a seemingly empty seashell suddenly start moving along the sand? Or even more shockingly, discovered that a shell you’d recently found on the beach mysteriously changed locations on your counter?

If so, then you’ve probably witnessed a hermit crab in action. They live alone, within salvaged empty seashells, due to their own physical vulnerability. The crab is forced to peek outside the protective shell to move, and as the crab moves, so does the shell.

Posted on 4.08.2017 by Jody Noland

 Do you pray regularly?
 
If your prayers from this last week were transcribed, what would they show?
 
Do you pray big, God-sized prayers? Or are your requests in line with things you can accomplish in your own power?

Posted on 3.17.2017 by Jody Noland

Are wedding bells ringing in your future? Perhaps you’re getting married soon, or you are the mother or father of the bride or groom.
 
If so, it’s the perfect time for letter writing.
 

Posted on 3.10.2017 by Jody Noland

Have you ever tasted heirloom tomatoes? Their shapes aren’t uniform, nor are their colors.  But oh, the flavors!

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