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Each morning I spend an hour with my daughter Melissa jumpstarting our day with a brisk walk. Our path is a beautiful walking trail full of singing birds, scattering rabbits, wildflowers; once we even came upon a honeycomb filled with bees, buried deep in a hidden water main. And then there’s always the occasional person walking their dog.

Today we came upon a tall boy and a short boy on their way to the school bus stop. We’d never seen them before. They must have been taking a short cut. Now, I talk to everyone, teenage boys are no exception.

How ya’ doin’?” I asked.

“Fine,” one of them said. Boys are not known for their huge vocabulary.

Melissa asked, “Are you on your way to the bus stop?”

Another one word reply. “Yeah.”

We asked them what school they attend and sympathized about how early they have to get up to catch the bus. The boys did come out of their one word comfort zone and added that the kids on the bus didn’t make the ride to school very pleasant.

“Well, at least you’ve got each other,” Melissa said.

The tall boy nodded his head solemnly. “Yeah, it’s called the buddy system.”

Yes, indeed. I thought about how rough school bus rides can be for anyone who is a little bit different; you know what I mean, kind of geeky, too short, too tall or maybe real quiet. I’m glad they have each other. That’s what probably has made this school year tolerable.

How about you? Do you have someone who walks the road with you; someone who is a great friend; someone who sticks with you no matter how geeky, how tall, how short or quiet you are? It’s called the buddy system.

“But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.”
Proverbs 18:24b NAS

Changing Lives, Little by Little

A Man on a Bike

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Encouraging Words

A Man on a Bike I almost missed an opportunity to encourage someone yesterday. Thanks to my daughter Melissa, it didn’t get away from us. You’re going to love this. Melissa and I walk every morning; it’s about a three-mile walk through our neighborhood and then around a lovely lake. We pass a lot of people every day and a lot of times we stop and chat for a minute. Today we saw a man […]

BATTER UP!

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Batter Up! By Richard Scharfenberg Once upon a time, long, long ago, in a land far, far away there was a small and poor country called Sackcloth. Although the people in this country were impoverished, they all found ways of getting involved in their one great love; baseball. Baseball was the national pastime and it was played everywhere. Everyone, young and old alike, played in one of the many leagues that had formed. There was […]

MORE PRECIOUS THAN JEWELS

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Bible Study / Encouraging Words

More Precious Than Jewels “Who can find a capable wife? She is far more precious than jewels.” (Proverbs 31:10) Beth’s recent email is proof of the wise young woman she is. I wish more young women solved their problems like she does. Here’s what she wrote: “Claudia, I don’t know what I do that encourages the distance between Mark and me. Our anniversary is next week, and I only see grounds to observe it, not […]

MY BROTHER’S MEMORIAL

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All about Judy / Encouraging Words

Words I spoke at my brother’s memorial in North Olmsted, Ohio.   I’d like to tell you a little bit about my brother Dave. We actually began our lives here in Ohio. In 1953 we moved to California when our Dad was transferred by the Navy. And years later, in 1971 Dave moved his family back to Ohio. Although he loved San Diego and the Pacific Ocean and the beautiful beaches, (one of his favorite […]

GOD WILL MAKE A WAY

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All about Judy / Encouraging Words

God Will Make a Way Several years ago, I was at choir practice at church. One thing I liked about our rehearsals was that we often spent time in prayer for each other. One evening when we were sharing requests, I was burdened for one of my daughters. She was about to make a decision that was really bad. It was literally breaking my heart and I didn’t know what to do. I couldn’t share […]

IT’S WHO YOU KNOW

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All about Judy / Encouraging Words

(Adapted from Grandkids Say the Cutest Things, by Karen O’Connor – Harvest House Publishers) My granddaughter, Madelynne, was excited about her solo in her school’s talent show. She’d been anticipating this night for weeks. She looked absolutely darling in her shiny top, black leggings, and sparkling pink flip-flops. As she fidgeted from one foot to the next, in true stagehand style, I applied her blush and glittering eye shadow. Then I whispered in her ear, […]

YOU ARE NOW LEAVING WHINE COUNTRY

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All about Judy / Encouraging Words

You Are Now Leaving Whine Country. (as seen on www.lolwithgod.com 8-13-2011)   I was telling my daughter Jennifer about the beautiful drive through wine country in our city of Temecula. Seven-year-old Connor was sitting nearby. He looked up and asked, “Is that where people go to complain?” We laughed and I said, “Isn’t he the cutest thing.” Later, I thought about Connor’s remark. What if there was a place we could go to complain; not […]

REACH OUT

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Reach Out Read Philippians 2:1-4 Mamie Adams always went to a specific post office in her town because the employees were friendly. On one busy afternoon she stopped by to purchase a few stamps. While waiting in the long line, a man pointed out that she didn’t have to wait, she could get her stamps at a machine in the lobby. “I know,” Mamie said, “but the machine won’t ask me about my arthritis.” People […]

SUMMER BIBLE READING CHALLENGE

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Summer Bible Reading Challenge Tired of deciding what Bible study to do? There are so many good ones available and if you’re like me, you want to do them all. Why not take this Summer Bible Reading Challenge? Choose a book in the Bible and read it through, verse by verse. Some days you may read two verses, some days ten, you decide. After you read, use a notebook or journal and record your answers […]

STRAIGHT ARROWS

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Straight Arrows Behold, children are a gift of the Lord; the fruit of the womb is a reward. Like arrows in the hand of a warrior, so are the children of one’s youth. How blessed is the man whose quiver[1] is full of them; they shall not be ashamed, when they speak with their enemies in the gate. Psalm 127:3-5 Think about arrows. Even if you don’t know a whole bunch about them, you would […]