Good morning: Is Saturday your cleaning day? Without work or school, it can be an ideal time to vacuum floors, shake out rugs, scrub bathrooms, wash clothes, maybe even straighten and organize the garage. It’s not a one time effort. Regular cleaning is important. It doesn’t get any easier if you close your eyes to…

Good morning: TV, social media, meat, caffeine, chocolate. These are just a few of the things people give up during the season of Lent. The practice can be a helpful reminder to reflect on one’s life, recognize our lack of the holiness God demands, and then turn to the Lord in repentance. But one thing…

Good morning: Have you ever been a little nervous about going to a large social gathering? Have you been uncertain about how to dress or act when you’ve traveled outside the Midwest or overseas? Maybe someone told you, “Just be yourself.” That’s usually good advice. It’s hard to pretend that you fit in with a…

Good morning: There is a right time for everything, but does it ever seem as though your timing is off? You get to the store and have to wait an hour for the doors to open. You underestimate how many red lights will slow you down, and you’re ten minutes late for the doctor’s appointment….

Good morning: “Hear what you’re missing! Hear better and live better!” Commercials with tag lines like that are designed to convince people with hearing loss to seek treatment. Why would anyone hesitate? Hearing is an amazing gift from our loving God which enriches our lives. Hearing makes it possible to appreciate the whispered voice of a…

Good morning: Have you made your New Year’s resolutions? According to one survey, the top three resolutions for 2024 are saving money, reducing stress, and spending less time on social media. Maybe you’ve decided on something else like exercising more or eating better. There are all kinds of worthwhile goals to pursue, and the beginning…

Good morning: “Doing anything special for New Year’s Eve?” I asked the young nurse at the hospital. “For a long time I didn’t even know New Year’s Eve was a thing,” she told me. She explained that she had grown up spending the week between Christmas and New Year’s with her family at a remote…

Good morning: Sometimes the greatest gifts come in ordinary, unassuming packages. A diamond engagement ring may be hidden in a box of chocolates or be discovered in the box of a thousand-piece puzzle. A gift card to the most expensive restaurant in town might be tucked into a plain white envelope. The packaging doesn’t detract…

Good morning: Even on a typical day, life can be filled with all kinds of details and obligations: Dropping off children at school and making sure to get to work on time, doing laundry and making meals, setting up medical and dental appointments. But at this time of year the details can multiply. Do you…

Good morning: You forgot a family birthday. You didn’t feel like doing homework. You blurted out some nasty, angry words. Your thoughts toward coworkers were anything but kind. What comes next? Do you try to cover up the sin with an excuse? Fault someone else or blame the circumstances? That’s human nature, going all the…

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