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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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Aug. 20, 2010 - A Lesson From My Garden

By Dorothy Rugg

I love planting flower gardens, I love looking at my neighbors’ beautiful flower gardens, and if I get a chance I love to go to local botanical gardens. When you walk through a garden, you sense a peace as you see all the beautiful colors and smell the different fragrances of the flowers. Gardens draw me close to the Lord and bring different Scriptures to my mind.

I admit I will win no prizes with my own flower garden, but it brings satisfaction to see flowers blooming. The truth is, flower gardens are a lot of work with hoeing and watering and constant weeding. This year my flower garden was a huge challenge with Japanese beetles in abundance. The deer kept coming at just the right time and ate all the blooms. I could not weed the garden like I should have.

My garden’s woes bring to mind Song of Solomon 2:15: “Catch us the foxes, the little foxes that spoil the vines, for our vines have tender grapes” (NKJV). This Scripture is in reference to a husband and wife’s relationship — that they need to guard against the things that would harm their marriage. But it can also apply to my relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ. I must guard my relationship with Jesus because there are so many “things” that want to come in and take away my time spent with the Lord. In my relationship with the Lord, I need to acknowledge Him first in my life and then spend time studying the Word, praying, seeking God and living my life for Him.

First and foremost, we must always keep in close relationship with our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. When we have that right, then no matter what comes our way we can rest in His love, trust Him for the outcome, and let our lives be living testimonies for others to see.

— James and Dorothy Rugg live in Dalton, Pa., and pastor Mill City AG.



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