Posts in Ruth's Thoughts
What’s in a name?

I honestly never realized the importance of a name.  As Mark and I chose names for our children, we decided on ones that we liked.  Neither one of us had the understanding of the potential “imprint” that a name places on the individual so it never dawned on us to look up the meaning.

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Sinkholes

While sinkholes are common in some regions, they are not that common in New Jersey where I live. However, a few months ago my husband’s excavation company was called to remedy a sinkhole on someone’s property.  The sinkhole had already compromised the swimming pool and was working its way toward the house.

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Are you a Smart Carpenter?

When you are building a house, you search for the perfect site that reflects your personality and style. As you pour over the building plans, you dream and envision how the house will look on this awesome parcel of land that you found. In order to establish the house on the land, there must be some form of foundation to which it gets connected. 

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Follow the Leader

Did you ever play follow the leader? Remember, being the leader and dreaming up all sorts of twists and turns? You had to watch closely to follow what was happening. Take a moment and think back to all the laughter and joy! Even to this day, when I teach, I may take time out to do a quick session of “Follow the Leader. It lightens things up, gets people moving and fills the room with laughter. I guess we are never too old to “follow the leader”!

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Living in an Atmosphere of Peace

This morning I was reading Psalm 34 (New Living Translation) and came across verse 14 which states “…search for peace and work to maintain it”. This really struck me for a number of reasons. 1) Peace isn’t easy to come by – we have to intentionally look for it and it can be evasive! 2) Peace doesn’t just hang around easily, sometimes it takes work!

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JOY of the Lord!

Most of you know that I am not a dog person (sorry).  However, I must admit that God can even use dogs to teach us things!  Trina is a 1 1/2 year old German Shepherd and happens to be black with tan socks.  The things that I notice most about her is that she is almost always happy.  She loves to play, in fact if you have a tennis ball that you are willing to throw you will be her friend for life!

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Speaking of God’s Faithfulness

This morning as I was driving to work I was listening to a Christian Radio Station. The DJ’s were talking to someone about how faithful God is. I found myself thinking “wouldn’t it be fantastic to have a job where the focus was on the faithfulness of God?” Wait – I am a pastor at a church and a conference speaker. I talk about God’s faithfulness all the time. YIKES!

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Chicken Dance

Ever feel like you are running around like a “chicken with their head cut off”? Often that describes our lives! In the process of the “chicken dance” we alienate our family and friends, forget half of the things we were suppose to do and become angry and frustrated.

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