Three Real-Life Stories from the Homes of Strangers to Brighten Your Day

The true accounts parents share about happenings at home can provide grist for our own life lessons, as well as a few chuckles.

Ever noticed those spring flowers only come after some pretty dreary rainy days? To add a bit of sunshine, I decided to share these three real-life stories from the homes of strangers to brighten your day.

I’ve changed all names, so if you know these folks but not by these names, don’t worry. Likely your memory’s still intact. Just sit back and enjoy!

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One Amazing Account Showing Almighty God Cares About Ordinary People

The true story of how Jonathan David Helser arrived on earth’s shores and the challenge God entrusted into his young hands.

Ever heard a story you’ve just got to share? Wondered about the details of a favorite Christian singer/songwriter’s life? Me, too! That’s why I’ve got to share Jonathan’s story! It’s one amazing account showing Almighty God cares about ordinary people.

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What’s the Scoop on the Fourth Commandment for Modern-Day New Testament Christians?

A brief review of the Old Testament admonition to observe the Sabbath by keeping it holy and its relevance today.

Nothing’s written in stone. This disclaimer frequently used during planning committee meetings overlooks historical Jewish and Christian records to the contrary. In both the Torah and Old Testament, the finger of God engraved ten commandments in stone tablets—not once, but twice. No questions regarding rules against adultery, lying, and stealing, but what’s the scoop on the Fourth Commandment for modern-day New Testament Christians? Isn’t keeping the Sabbath holy an outdated concept?

Many of us still remember the childhood Sunday afternoon drives around a rural American town. No sports games on Sundays. No construction work on homes or streets anywhere. “Let’s go for a ride, girls,” drew cheers as we scurried to get our shoes.  We knew only one business opened on Sunday afternoon. Following Dad’s slow-moving review of construction progress on new buildings in town or the state of various gardens, we always enjoyed a soft-serve ice cream cone. Practically the whole town rested on Sundays.

Exodus 20:8, “Remember the Sabbath by keeping it holy,” provides grist for discussions even within the Church. What does it mean to keep a day holy, and does it matter which day, since every day’s pretty much the same?

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Is the conflict re: the 2017 Presidential Inauguration unique to America?

A brief look at conflicts with which several Presidents are dealing—including another President-Elect slated to take office January 19.

Call for martial law to prevent a change of presidents. Concern over potential threats related to campaign favors. Opposition turmoil aggressively hindering changes by the incoming administration. Fear the Presidential decisions will destroy the country. Is the conflict re: the 2017 Presidential Inauguration unique to America?

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One Extraordinary Example of Failed Goals that Led to Amazing Success

A brief but inspiring account of a well-known history-makers uphill climb from poverty to the Capitol.

New Year’s Resolutions? Goals for 2017? No, thanks; I’ve still got leftovers from 2016. If you’re feeling discouraged by past failures, you might want to read this one extraordinary example of failed goals that led to amazing success.

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