Author: Mary Wilkinson

Faith Through the Eyes of a Child

Last Christmas, I set up a wooden Nativity set in my dining room on a short bench, so my young grandchildren could move the pieces around and learn the Christmas story at the same time. One of my granddaughters was four years old at the time, and she loved to change the positions of the figures. Of course, Jesus was always in the middle with Mary and Joseph nearby. The Shepherds and the Wise Men could be on the opposite ends and the animals in the stable somewhere. There were lots of ways to arrange it. After one of...

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Conflict in the Family of God

In my estimation, most sibling rivalry is over two things. One is the desire to have more attention from parents than your siblings do, and the other is the desire to have what someone else has. This turns into envy, jealousy, and a plethora of other destructive attitudes. Now if you have children, you may have observed this already and probably agree with me. Children are needy for our affection. They are impatient to get it and easily get their feelings hurt if they think one child is getting more attention than they are receiving. This can lead to...

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Where Do You Put Your Hope?

We live in a world where everything is in turmoil; nature, government, and our individual lives. My family just got back from a week at the ocean right after Hurricane Harvey and just before Hurricane Irma. There was turmoil all around us, people being evacuated in states nearby and yet we were at peace. We knew that no matter what happened to our world, God is greater still. No matter what happened in our government, God is greater still. And no matter what happened to us as individuals, God is greater still. In Him alone we have hope. Where...

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Time to Check Out My Own Actions and Attitudes

“Do all things as unto the Lord” is part of a verse that is common to all of us, and we think we are doing a good job of it; myself included. But then I thought, if I am not doing things as unto the Lord, how would I be doing them? The answer is that I would be doing things as “unto me.” What would that look like in my life? Remember those little bracelets we used to wear that said, “WWJD” (What would Jesus do?) Jesus never went against His Father’s will. If we do things as...

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Me, A Leader?

I am basically an introvert. I don’t like to be in charge of anything. Me ever becoming a leader was laughable. When I was young, I hung around my mother’s legs and didn’t want to leave her. She said I cried a lot and was often sick because I was so nervous and didn’t want to be left alone. I had an older sister who was very outgoing and she was my best friend. We were only 11 months apart so we entered first grade together. She was the outgoing one. She had tons of friends. I was too...

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