A Bottle of Oil
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It was November, 1966. My husband was in the Army and I was at home with our young son. Our second child was due in January. The princely sum of $183.10 a month (the Army allotment for dependents) didn’t go very far. First, I would lay aside the tithe, then the house payment of $64. Utilities came next and whatever was left over was earmarked for groceries.

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One night, I was looking in the refrigerator [...]

My Shortest Prayer
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Slippery When Wet

Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear. Isaiah 65:24, NIV

It was a dreary day. The rain had come down in a drizzle that wet everything but didn’t clean it. The country roads were slick and dangerous.

We were returning from visiting relatives one Sabbath afternoon. My stepfather was at the wheel, Mother was sitting in the middle and I was by the window holding my 18-month-old son, Tony, on my lap. It was 1966 [...]

Valleys and Mountains
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And He said to them, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!” Mark 4:9, NKJV

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I recently began wearing hearing aids. Before that, my children would say I was “hard of hearing”. I accused them of mumbling. During the first church service I was aided, I was amazed I could hear the prayer requests from the very back pew when I was at the front of the sanctuary.

The audiologist tells me repeatedly, “We [...]