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A sound mind

A sound mind

Marie Story

I am by nature something of a worrywart, almost constantly preoccupied with one worry or another. I am also a multitasker. I can do just about anything and worry at the s... »

Like bees

Like bees

Marie Story

Have you ever tried sleeping with a fly or mosquito in the room? You’re lying there, nearly asleep, when bzzzzzzz—the fly dive-bombs your face. Some flies are even bold e... »

What’s your source?

What’s your source?

Marie Story

Have you ever put a stalk of celery in colored water? What happens is that the celery starts to change color as the water is soaked up through the stem. It takes a couple... »

The story to end the excuses

The story to end the excuses

Marie Story

Jesus gave a simple command: “Love your neighbor.” [[Matthew 19:19]] However, “neighbor” is pretty vague, and some wise guy asked Jesus, “Who is my neighbor?” [[Luke 10:2... »

When do you stop trusting God?

When do you stop trusting God?

Marie Story

Once upon a time, in a faraway land called Uz, there was a guy named Job. He was definitely one of the best guys around. He feared God and avoided evil. He was generous,... »

Baking prayers

Baking prayers

Marie Story

Prayer often works like baking a loaf of bread: You’ve got to mix the ingredients, knead the dough, proof the dough, then bake the finished loaf. Step one: mix the ingred... »

Great expectations

Great expectations

Marie Story

The Bible tells of a time Jesus went back to His hometown. I think it’s one of the saddest stories in the Bible, pretty much summed up in the final verse of the chapter:... »

Life and tetris

Life and tetris

Marie Story

I love playing the tile-matching video game Tetris. The reason I like it is that I can plan it all out by looking at the pieces that will come up next, and as they come d... »

Looking goofy

Looking goofy

Marie Story

A good friend of mine decided to take up tennis. She bought all the gear, scheduled her first lesson, and headed off to the tennis courts. When she got there, though, she... »

Stressed out

Stressed out

Marie Story

I have a six-year-old nephew who loves video games. The other day I was sitting with him while he was playing a racing game on his Wii. The levels were getting progressiv... »

Dealing with dragons

Dealing with dragons

Marie Story

The Hobbit, a fantasy novel by J. R. R. Tolkien, is the story of Bilbo Baggins, a comfort-loving hobbit who is thrust into an unwanted quest for dragon treasure with a wi... »

On the river’s edge

On the river’s edge

Marie Story

As the children of Israel were preparing to cross the Jordan River, Joshua sent the ark of the covenant ahead. He instructed the people: “When you see the ark of the cove... »

He came to us

He came to us

Marie Story

Recently, I was reading about the history of Christmas and where our various Christmas traditions come from, including ones that may have originated in pagan rituals or f... »