Author: Merrill Noble

Reminders of Hope

Reminders of Hope

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. (Romans 15:13) Have you ever found a whole sand dollar on the beach? When Naples was my vacation destination, I spent leisurely days walking […]

Where Are My Cookies?

Where Are My Cookies?

Let each of you look not to your own interests, but to the interests of others. (Philippians 2:4) Even before the pandemic began, I cherished phone calls with long-distance family, friends, and former colleagues. All too often our conversations would begin with a litany of how busy we each were as if it were a […]

New Year Gifts and Blessings

New Year Gifts and Blessings

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  (James 1:17) Happy New Year! I wonder if you are waking up this morning breathing a sigh of relief that 2020 is behind you. Are you grateful to be looking forward to the […]

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

O Christmas Tree, O Christmas Tree

The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah.  In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch to spring up for David; and he shall execute justice and righteousness in the land.  In those days […]

The Christmas Mouse

The Christmas Mouse

These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.  (Deuteronomy 6:5-7) When our young families gathered outside to celebrate the start of Advent […]

You Are Wonderfully Made

You Are Wonderfully Made

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:13-14) Like many families, we have lots of family photos. They are stored in scrapbooks, boxes, on my computer and on my phone. A lucky few are displayed in frames. Every […]

Contagious Compassion

Contagious Compassion

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. (Colossians 3:12) This Fall, our Sunday School families are exploring what it means to have compassion for others, ourselves, and the world through Illustrated Ministry Compassion Camp. The endless options of the program are allowing our families […]

Puppy Love

Puppy Love

“My son, don’t think the Lord’s discipline of you is worth nothing. And don’t stop trying when the Lord corrects you. The Lord corrects those he loves. (Hebrews 12:5-6) Last Friday, my husband Chris and I welcomed an 11-week-old Corgi puppy into our home. Along with moving to the land of palm trees, getting a […]

Family Friday: Keep The Bible Off The Shelf

Family Friday: Keep The Bible Off The Shelf

My family of origin has given me the unofficial role of being the family historian. Upon the deaths of my paternal grandmother and then my mother, I received boxes and trunks filled with unsorted ancestral treasures. While this wholeheartedly satisfied my personal interest, curiosity and need for order, the endless decisions about what to keep […]

Family Friday: Trains Are Made for Meditation

Family Friday: Trains Are Made for Meditation

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8) There is an expression, “Stop the world, I want to get off.” And there is a song […]

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