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Today’s post, Come Up Here, features third place winner (tied) of the 2016 45th Parallel Contest, Victoria Boyd. Vic is a phenomenal writer whose passion for Christ comes out brilliantly in everything she does, even as she directs us to pray from the throne room of God. <><><><><><><> After having had an extended break from hiking […]

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 Jesus gave them this answer: “Very truly I tell you, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does” (John 5:19, NIV). Today’s post presents the third-place winner (tied) of The 45th Parallel Contest 2016. A Picture of […]

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I’m super-excited to present the second place entry of the 2016  45th Parallel Contest. Here’s the incredible story of baby Emalee Echols. Her mom, winner Joanna Echols, is senior associate editor of Focus on the Family Clubhouse Jr. magazine. Does Emmy’s warm-hearted smile lift your spirits? It sure warms my heart and soul! Congratulations, Joanna and Emmy! […]

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I’m excited to share today’s post, the first place winner of The 45th Parallel Contest 2016. Glory! is by phenomenal photographer and writer Lynette Roth. Lynette took first place in last year’s contest, too. Congratulations, Lynette! Way to go! <><><><><><><> My mother asked me, worriedly, “What do I have to do today?” I told her she […]

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Hello friends, I ‘m excited to share with you my most popular blog posts in 2015: Unoffendable   What if your personal track coach, the Holy Spirit, was working to improve your personal best in a race, and strategizing with you not to forgive offenses faster?   Want the insider’s track on how to win a cash prize […]

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Ascribe to the Lord the glory due His name.                                         (Psalm 29:2, NIV) What makes Jesus applaud? Wednesday, August 12, at the Oregon Christian Writers  Cascade Writing Awards Ceremony in Portland, I had the privilege of winning three […]

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I’m excited to share today’s post by first place winner of The 45th Parallel Contest 2015, gifted photographer and writer Lynette Roth. Interruptions I took this picture from a campground on a Colorado Sunday morning. The Christian symbolism was strong: two rainbows (the symbol of God’s promised mercy for sinful people stretching from sky to earth, […]

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In a recent standoff with a friend, things got real chill. Not “chill” as in “kicking back” (although something inside me did want to kick him back). Think popsicle in the paw of a polar bear. I imagine I’m auditioning for Elsa in Frozen. Let the storm rage on. I clutch ruthless, resentful emotions to […]

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Hello friends, It was a fun and exciting year. I ‘m eager to share with you my four most popular blog posts in 2014. Want the insider’s track on how to win a cash prize in the 45th Parallel contest, come March 2015?  Pick up a tip or two from the 2014 winners here: Announcing The […]

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But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 15:57) In Part 1, we looked at a couple of ways to reframe loss in terms of how God sees it. Sometimes circumstances wear us down. For the last month, I’ve been recovering from a spill in which […]

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