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Warm Welcome
Lynn Berna
Devotions
Monday, January 22, 2024I Peter 1:9 TLB. “Cheerfully share your home with those who need a meal or a place to stay for the night.”Sometimes just a cup of coffee and a listening ear is all the hospitality a person needs. 
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A Woman, A Homemaker
Carolyn Hayes
Devotions
Then the Lord God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him a helper fit for him.” ESV
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A Story of Us
Carolyn Hayes
Devotions
Eli Williams is a pastor who practices what he preaches. Not only is he Pastor of the New Hope Church; founder of Urban Light Ministries known for its diverse board, volunteers, programs; and a member of Simunye, a pastor’s fellowship working on unit and peace, but also known as the mover and shaker in Springfield, Ohio. To put into plain English, ...
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Faith in God and Love of Family
Lynn Berna
Devotions
Monday, April 15, 2024Joshua 24:15b “But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”             Hosting and showing hospitality to family was the focus of our weekend by celebrating April birthdays and touring the National Air Force Museum. Highlights included a German Chocolate...
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Time for Refreshment
Carolyn Hayes
Devotions
Isaiah 44:3 (ESV) says, “God is the refresher and provides nourishment by pouring out His Spirit on us. The Holy Spirit is able to fill up our hungry and dry hearts. When our souls are refreshed it's like water is being poured onto a thirsty land.“ "I need some refreshment!" I tell my husband that about everyday at midday. So, I fix myself a P...
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Do You Like Birds?
Lynn Berna
Devotions
Monday, April 1, 2024Always love the moments I have to drink a cup of coffee with you and start out the week with you.  The weekend was meaningful and busy with an Easter egg hunt and brunch on Easter morning.  Much preparation goes into it and a lot of time including the grocery store. At the grocery I was so frustrated because the ...
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Am I a Writer?
Carolyn Hayes
Devotions
2 Corinthians 3:5 "It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God." Friends and family often say I am writer. Saying it to myself, not so much. Why do I feel so inferior to others writers? Wasn't it God who called me to write? Is it that God doesn't call the qualified; He qualifies the call...
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How Do I Know I Have Been Called to Write
Carolyn Hayes
Devotions
Psalm 37:23-24 “The LORD makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the LORD upholds him with his hand.” How Do I Know I am Called by God to Write? How do I know I am “called to write”? Well, I could have gathered some thoughts to answer this question from a Writers’ Workshop in Louisville, Ken...
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We All Have Our Gifts
Lynn Berna
Devotions
Monday, March 25, 2024 As I drink my cup of coffee I am looking forward to sharing about the workshop recently attended.  Romans 12:6 NLT says, “In His grace, God has given us different gifts for doing certain things well.”        God calls us to continually strengthen and use the gifts He has given...
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Short Note from Helping One Another
Carolyn Hayes
Devotions
Proverbs 16:3 "Commit to the Lord whatever you do, and He will establish your plans." Lynn and I give thanks to the Lord to be able to offer devotions to share with all of you each week, twice per week. Just wanted to give a short note on what will be happening during the next few months to this Blog.  Attending a writers' workshop next week, ...
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Welcoming Change
Lynn Berna
Devotions
 Monday, March 11, 2023 “Each morning brings new possibilities but coffee is first!”It’s almost springtime!     It won’t be long until that strict school schedule will change to sandy beaches, waking up later, and relaxed routines.  Sunshine and yellow daffodils set an inviting atmosphere to be outdoors. Swimming ...
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A Little Help from the Casual Observer
Carolyn Hayes
Devotions
Psalm 113:1 “Behold, how good and pleasant it is when brothers dwell in unity.” I often reminisce about the days of publishing for “On a Mission Magazine” and PUPS’ On a Mission Magazine”. I enjoyed publishing very much and working with so many different people through the years. One of my favorite people is my brother Barry. He helped me through t...
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Thankful for My Health
Carolyn Hayes
Devotions
  "The Lord will guide you continually, watering your life when you are dry and keeping you healthy, too. You will be like a well-watered garden, like an ever-flowing spring" (Isaiah 58:11, NLT) Covid hit me once again, my second time. First time I lost what hearing I had in my right ear. That was difficult, but got through it. When the hearin...
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Life is But a Song
Carolyn Hayes
Devotions
My life is like a song.  I love songs from the 1950’s and 60’s. One of my favorite groups from this era is the Platters. Every morning when I head out to McDonald’s, I get a coffee and sometimes an Egg McMuffin for me and a Breakfast Burrito for my husband Pat. I am hearing impaired, but I can hear my car radio perfectly, when it's not too lou...
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Rolling into Work
Lynn Berna
Devotions
Monday, January 15, 2024 What a good day to hang out by the fireplace with a warm cup of coffee!  God's mighty weapons of prayer and the Word of God, The Bible, also make good companions on a cold winter day.     Nothing can disturb one's peace when  comforted and solidly grounded by truths from The Bible.&nb...
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Forward Focus
Carolyn Hayes
Devotions
Deuteronomy 31:8 “But the Lord is the One who is marching before you! He is the One will be with you! He won’t let you down. He won’t abandon you. So don’t be afraid or scared.” As I bring out my prayer board each morning, I don't want to look back on the mistakes or unfortunate days I had.  I am focusing on the days ahead and letting my steps...
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A Dog in Waiting
Carolyn Hayes
Devotions
Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” Cain is a dog in waiting, waiting for his forever home. His life is waiting until that forever home is found. Currently, he is confused and unsure of his surroundings at a local dog kennel. Glad he was taken out of there today. It was just too noisy for him. You see, C...
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Serving a God of Second Chances
Lynn Berna
Devotions
Monday, January 1, 2024Ready for the New Year?Pull up a chair and enjoy a cup of coffee with me. Let’s talk about setting goals as we begin this New Year. My friend and co-writer, Carolyn, has been mentioning doing a vision board in some of her blogs.  That’s a great way to visualize goals you might set in this year. She will be posting o...
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What? What's Writer's Block?
Carolyn Hayes
Devotions
What might be a cure for writer’s block? It’s been said spraying perfume in the room or lighting a fragrance candle. Well, these are not ones for me!. What works for me (if you want to call it ‘writer’s block’)? It's a meal at my favorite restaurant with a glass of Pinot Noir. Works every time! Adding that I think everyone knows I am hard of hearin...
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In Every Season
Carolyn Hayes
Devotions
Ecclesiastes 3:1 “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.” Well, the leaves have turned beautiful shades of orange, red and yellow. It’s a beautiful season, isn’t it? Just like my brother Barry, I like to reminisce about our downtown Springfield, Ohio, in every season. There once was a time where everythin...
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