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Just last week my daughter Laura posted a picture of her newly pruned grapevines on Facebook to ask me if she had pruned her year-old grapevines correctly. Laura and her family live in Dallas, Texas, nearly 600 miles away from our farm in Nebraska, so now we do our garden discussions via cell phone and the internet.  Laura always had …

3 Lessons I Learned About God From Genesis 35

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Each week, in our Selah small group, we study the chapter the Pastor is teaching on the upcoming Sunday. Normally, my Quiet Time is rewarding as I search the scriptures and steep in them all week. But recently, we covered Genesis 34, and let me tell you it was miserable. As a friend of mine quipped, the title of Genesis …

Praying for a Broken Heart

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This good Friday afternoon, during the COVID-19 pandemic, finds me in a reflective mood.  What is so good about Good Friday? During these difficult times, many hearts are being crushed from the external pressures of this world, squeezed by the absence of income, or devastated by the loss of a loved one who will not be seen again in this …

4 Ways to Cultivate Curiosity (#3 Cross-references)

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“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” – Ellen Parr  #3 Collect Cross References Some Bibles have a cross-reference within the margins or as footnotes. The goal of cross-referencing is to shine more light upon the Author’s intent by referring to other verses. I still love to use my first bible – an  NIV Ryrie Study …

4 Ways to Cultivate Curiosity (#2 Inquire)

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“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” – Ellen Parr   #2 Inquire In-quire is an adjective that describes the act of being curious, inquiring, or inquisitive. What happens if we are by nature not inquisitive? Well friend, we just might miss something the Lord has for us. How do we nurture our curiosity?  First, …

4 Ways to Cultivate Curiosity (#1 Investigate )

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“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” – Ellen Parr   The first way to cultivate curiosity and beat boredom during your Quiet Time is to investigate. To in-vest-ti-gate means to carry out research or study to discover facts or information.  In other words, use some techniques to get curious about what we are reading …

No One Ever Told Me Quiet Time Can Be Boring

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    “The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” – Ellen Parr Admitting that you are bored while reading the Bible is practically considered a sin. My name is Shelley (Hi Shelley) and I have a confession to make. Sometimes, when I read the Bible, I get bored. Recently, my church has been traveling through …

4 Ways to Cultivate Curiosity (#4 Personalize )

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“The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.” – Ellen Parr   #4 Personalize The final way to beat boredom and cultivate curiosity for your Quiet Time is to personalize the Word by choosing a verse that stands out to you.  Often, when time is spent in a passage, there will be a verse that leaps …

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Harvest Insurance: Pruning & Spiritual Health

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  We reap what we sow. Choose what you nourish carefully.      Anonymous     Agriculture is a business. And with any business, there are a variety of insurance policies to choose from to ensure the farmer gets some return from his crop in case of a catastrophic event. I wish we would have applied some sort of “insurance” to an …