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KELLI CALDWELL

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  • Monday, June 26, 2017

    Do you ever feel like you're stuck in a rut? I was thinking about that the other day. When was the last time I tried something that was waaay out of my comfort zone? Something totally new? Some friends of mine just tried zip-lining for the first time and, although they were scared, they loved it.

    It's easy to get locked into a routine in life…down to ordering the exact same meal at the exact same restaurant. The meal may be very good, but what are you missing out on? Maybe there's something even better?

    So, that's my question for you. When was the last time you did something for the first time? Something totally new? Big or small. What was it?

       

  • Friday, June 23, 2017

     don't know about you, but I confess that I frequently feel totally overwhelmed by tragic things that are happening in the world. One of those things is the refugee crisis in South Sudan. The other day was World Refugee Day, and I learned that almost 2 million people have had to flee their homes and are finding shelter in neighboring countries.

    I can't even imagine the insecurity and chaos of having my life uprooted like that. But, what I love about God's people is that when they see a need, they step up to help.

    And that's exactly what's happening in the world's largest refugee settlement. The “church” is being “the church.” Every weekend, there are huge, open-air churches where people gather to seek God. There are no fancy lighting and sound systems, and not enough bibles to go around, but the worship is energetic and loud!

    One refugee said that the churches offer hope where it is so desperately needed.  He said “There are people who are sick, there are no drugs in the hospitals. So that's why we are praying. God should be the one to help.”

    One church leader summed it up so well when she said “The Bible teaches us to be strong, encourages us to be faithful. The solution we have seen is many people bowing down and praying.”

     

  • Thursday, June 22, 2017

    Some things in life just sort of creep me out. Snakes. Spiders. Those nasty leathery strings of death inside bananas. You know what I'm talking about? Those strings that cling to the banana? I feel compelled to peel them off before I eat the thing.

    I just learned that they have a name. And the name doesn't help me like them any more than I already do.

    Phloem bundles. Really. Ewwww!

    And, I'm not alone in my disgust at those nasty strings in bananas. There are whole blogs dedicated to the hatred of phloem bundles!

    But, before you hate on banana strings too much, experts do say that they are good for you and completely safe to eat.

    Now, whether they're palatable is another question!