Impossible Bottles

One of my many random hobbies is putting things into bottles.  I know, exciting isn’t it?  I think it’s a lot of fun to do and even more fun to look at the final product.  I have a couple of rules when making impossible bottles: 1) Everything has to go through the mouth of the bottle (no cheating and cutting the bottle) 2) Each item must contain what it is supposed to contain (e.g. the card boxes must contain cards) As you can imagine, each bottle takes quite a while...
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Not Understanding Helps Me Understand

by Lori F. I am continually surprised by the way new things happen in the same old situations. Despite the Teacher’s assertion that there’s nothing new under the sun, there’s still a lot of new light being shed. We attended an Easter service at the Kiel (Germany) ward of our church, and there was a lot I didn’t understand. I know several dozen words in German, perhaps even a hundred. But only a few of the ones I know came up in conversation or in the service, and they were positively swamp...
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What if I’m Not Good Enough?

by Marci M. “Fine for you,” some say, “but I’m not the churchgoing type. I’m just not good enough.” Even some churchgoers feel the same way: “I know you can pray and ask God for help, but me? My sins are too black, and I keep making the same dumb mistakes. I’m just not good enough.” I learned a new way of thinking about “good enough” from an experience with my daughter.  Now in her thirties, my daughter has made some unusual choices in life, such as a year living in the mountains in a yurt...
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Why Choose to Believe?

By Brooke G Out of all the creeping, crawling things of the earth and all the blood-chilling events and activities available, some people seem to think my three greatest fears are a little irrational. And maybe they are! But biggest fears aren’t really about being rational anyways, right? So my three completely justifiable biggest fears are monkeys, getting shocked while opening car doors, and jumping. Although I am used to explaining the reasons behind all of these, let me delve into the ...
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How Can We Stay Calm During Crisis?

My favorite hymn is “Lead, Kindly Light”, because it reminds me how I should react to anxiety. When I sing it, the sentiments are mine. John Henry Newman’s words might have been written by me today, instead of in the nineteenth century. Lead, Kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom; Lead Thou me on! The night is dark, and I am far from home; Lead thou me on! These lyrics imply that in unfamiliar territory, fear often takes over. I know I am vulnerable and need help. My husband and I k...
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