Author: Mary Wilkinson

Showing Love of Country in a Hostile Nation

The month of July is full of patriotic themes, and good memories for American families, but beware of social media posts designed to take away your optimism. Many of us are on all forms of social media daily. We have friends on both sides of issues plaguing our country. One of those issues should not be the celebration of our independence as a nation, but it will be. How will you react when a friend posts a derogatory meme about our nation’s leaders? Here is what I plan to do. The scriptures tell us in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brothers,...

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Two Things a Great Dad Will Do

You might wonder how a woman can give advice to Dads. Well, we all had to have a Dad to come into this world, and we’ve all experienced being with people who are Dads whether they were ours or somebody else’s. My own Dad was different than your Dad, I’m sure, but he stayed with us. He loved us. He was a good Dad. My husband has been a great Dad to our children, and still is even though our sons and daughter are now out on their own. I have watched him over the years and understand what...

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The Best Book I Ever Read

I was 19 years old before I read the Bible. My friend suggested I start with the book of John in the New Testament.  I read the book of John and became convinced that my sins sent Jesus to the cross, and that He wanted to not only forgive me, but be the Lord and Savior of my life. I told my friend my discovery and asked her how someone was “born again” as I had read in the book of John. She led me to faith in Christ and my longing to read the Bible was on fire!...

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A Mother’s Legacy

The greatest mothers are the ones who care about the whole family. My mother had 13 children in 15 years. She gave birth to 13 individual, unique, and talented children while helping her husband in his recovery from alcoholism. She was the hub of our home. Everyone shared their troubles and victories with Mom. Mom shared them with Dad. After we left home, if we wanted to know the health of a brother or sister, we asked Mom. She knew everything about every child, his or her spouse, and her grandchildren. She was also the keeper of the extended...

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When Peace is Missing

Isaiah 48:22 (NIV) “There is no peace,” says the LORD, “for the wicked.” As Christians, we understand that verse in Isaiah, having come from wicked lives ourselves before Jesus saved us. Our lives lacked peace and so much more. But now that we have come to Jesus, and have His Holy Spirit living inside of us, shouldn’t we always have that peace? Romans 15:13 (NIV) “ May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” We should...

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