A Heart Transplant for Chris – Making a Tough Decision

by Dianne N. On June 28, 1787, when the Constitutional Convention was deadlocked, Benjamin Franklin made these comments: I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth -- that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid?”… While the scale is entirely different, I agree with Franklin’s conclusion, that it is wisdom to appl...
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Whale Ears

A while back I added some whale inner ear bones to my fossil collection.  When I first tell people what they are, I get a lot of incredulous looks.  Whales don’t have ears, right?  Well, actually they do (although it’s all internal).  In fact they have a wonderful sense of hearing even though it differs a little from ours. Let me sidetrack for a moment and tell a quick story that happened last week.  Natalia, my middle child, was worried about going back to school after the holiday ...
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My First Answered Prayer

It was 1959.  An eleven-year-old living in Northern California, I was the second oldest of six children in a religious family.  Although I was an obedient girl and said my prayers every night, all my needs seem to have been met by my parents, and as a result, I had not yet had any direct experience with answers to prayer.  Here is the story of the first recorded instance, told in the relevant excerpts from my diary at the time: March 10, 1959 We had a lesson in church about being mod...
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Lost and Found

The gears shrieked and the engine groaned as the U-Haul I was driving labored slowly up Parley’s Canyon, while other vehicles whizzed indignantly past.  Finally Liz, my 16-year-old daughter following me in the family car, couldn’t take the sluggish pace any longer.  Despite instructions to stay behind the truck, she pulled out into the left lane, stomped on the accelerator, and soon disappeared from sight. Three reluctant children and I were moving from California to South Dakota to begin...
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Seeking God in Prayer

“God… God… Dear Father in Heaven, I’m not a praying man, but if you’re up there and you can hear me, show me the way.  I’m at the end of my rope.  Show me the way, God.”      - George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life ---------- George had lost $8000.  If he didn't find it, he’d go to jail.  After all his efforts failed, he was in deepest despair, and he finally prayed.  But only when he was at the end of his rope. Are we all like that?  We don’t pray until we’re desperate?  Let’s look...
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Answers to Prayers

By Paula B My daughter was born very prematurely and experienced subsequent health problems. During this time, I learned to rely on God more and received answers to my prayers in different ways. Sometimes God guided the words I said in my prayers. About a week after her birth, when my daughter’s condition was extremely critical after an emergency surgery, I found myself praying for patience. Patience was not the original solution I sought, but that is what I needed. Another time I foun...
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