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Nancy A. Stevens

Articles by: Nancy A. Stevens

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It Takes Three

“Are they fighting again, Destiny?” Allison asked her 8-year-old neighbor, who was sitting on the porch of the…

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Sliding Through

As I waited for my husband one afternoon at the mall, I watched several kids slide by me.…

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Small Steps

“Can I ask you something?” An older gentleman beckoned to me. I interrupted my morning walk in the…

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The Upside-Down God

The Lord never seems to do things the way we think that He will. We devise a plan…

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The Perfect Couple

“Cassie, we missed you and Colin at church last night,” Sara told her friend as they walked down…

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Tips for Stressed-Out Spouses

Wow! I had anticipated that this would be a slow, relaxing day, I told my husband. But challenging…

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Mr. Nobody

“I can’t wait till I grow up!” ten-year-old Riley said angrily. “No one ever listens to me.” “Did…

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Grasshoppers, Don’t Fight Giants

“Grandfather Daniel, you’ve told us what life was like in Egypt under Pharaoh,” Joel remarked. His youngest sister,…

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Are We a Real Family?

Katrina and Alex, “why are you still awake?” Jody asked her daughters when they woke her up in…

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The Party Dress

“Kirstin, in two weeks, we’ll be going to a very special party,” Faith told her daughter. Kirstin stopped…

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Will You Still Love Me?

“Kyra, didn’t I tell you to pick your toys up from the living room floor and bring them…

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Where Does He Fit?

“Hey, runt!” Joshua called to his younger brother. “Joshua, why do you insist on calling Luke that name?”…

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Throw Them in the Fire!

“Thank you for seeing me, sir. My name is Seth.” “Come, sit down, Seth,” Daniel responded. ” I…

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I Miss My Brother

“Mom, I miss my big brother,” Jesse remarked. “Why doesn’t he live with us?” Hannah responded, “Come sit…

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Green Looks Terrible on You

“Kelsi, did you see the top that Mikayla was wearing in class today?” Amber remarked to her friend.…

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Four-Way Stop

“Let’s all remember the lesson we learned in kindergarten,” the radio announcer amicably urged. “Let’s play together nicely…

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Dying to Be Pretty

“Hey, Nicole, come with us to the mall,” Chelsea called to her friend as they left Fairfield High.…

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Babysitting Blues

“Chloe, did you change Hayley’s diaper like I asked you to?” Jayme asked her daughter. Eleven-year-old Chloe continued…

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Who Is the Captain?

Many people believe that if they work hard enough, learn enough and push themselves to excel, they can…

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The Pearl

People had walked over the desolate field hundreds of times, kicking up a cloud of dust as they…

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Daily Mathematics

Why was so much subtracted from our checking account? I wondered. As I looked at the figures again,…

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Compliments

“How pretty your hair looks,” I commented to an acquaintance of mine. “Did you get it cut differently?”…

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But it Sounded so Good

“What’s wrong?” my husband asked me. “This product is not at all like it was advertised to be!”…

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You Don’t Deserve to Be Hurt

“My boyfriend loves me,” stated Emma, “but sometimes I make him angry, and he shoves me.” “He hasn’t…

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Why Am I Always Out of Sync?

“Oh no! I can’t believe I did that!” Jacob exclaimed. “What’s wrong?” queried Caleb, his neighbor. “I just…

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Where’s the Anesthetic?

“I didn’t know that it would hurt so much!” I told the dentist shortly after she began working…

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When God Does His Laundry

“Honey, we woke up before the alarm clock went off!” my smiling husband remarked. “That’s wonderful, but we’d…

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What Happened While I Slept?

Have you ever tried to do something routine and encountered obstacle after obstacle? “Everything seemed normal yesterday. What…

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What About Your House?

“What a magnificent house!” the visitor exclaimed. “And the furnishings are simply exquisite!” As the proud owner took…

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We’re Gonna Crash!

At last! All of your hard work has paid off, and you’re finally taking the vacation that you’ve…

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Watch Out for the Slippery Spots!

“Watch out!” my friend Evelyn told me. “It’s really slippery over there.” I walk 2 miles every morning…

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Waiting for Oncoming Traffic

You can feel the sweat dripping down your shirt in spite of the air conditioning. Record temperatures and…

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Wait for the Debris to Settle

This week I’ve been thinking about guidance and confusion. As I rested in bed the other day with…

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The Right Pressure

One of our car’s tires had a slow leak and kept losing air pressure, no matter how often…

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The Dirty Glass

A mother was working in her garden on a muggy August day. Madison, her 5-year-old daughter, watched her…

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The Clock

On our dining room table we have a battery-operated anniversary clock that my employer awarded to me for…

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Stuck at the Stoplight

This has got to be the longest stoplight in history! I waited impatiently at the first of 15…

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Snails Pace

Have you ever noticed that embarrassing moments–when you feel like crawling into a hole and hiding–last a lot…

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Protective Custody

The German shepherd bared his teeth and growled menacingly. Our next-door neighbors had gone away, leaving their unchained…

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Perseverance or Surrender

This morning as I took a walk, I found myself thinking about perseverance. Perseverance is a wonderful quality.…

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Patience

Lately I’ve been thinking about patience, or as is often the case, my lack of it. The Bible…

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Our Gifts to God

In prayer we usually request things from our Heavenly Father, and then we thank Him for His answers.…

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Oatmeal Days

Since I was a little girl, I’ve heard the saying: “Confession is good for the soul,” so I…

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Noise

This week I’ve been thinking about noise. It’s everywhere. The sounds of people rushing here and there frantically…

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No Easy Road

Not every crucial decision appears to be important at the time it is made. A seemingly inconsequential choice…

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New Glasses

“Things look so different!” I commented to my husband after putting on my new eyeglasses. I read store…

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Nearsightedness

Do we think of God as the eternal bookkeeper who is recording everything we do and say? Do…

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Narrow Feet and Other Disappointments

“This is so frustrating!” I told my husband. “My boots fit well a few days ago, but the…

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Moment-sized Bites

“God is in control.” How often have we heard this when faced with a crisis? But perhaps simply…

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He Won’t Put You on Hold

When I was a very little girl, I naively thought that once you learned how to be an…

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Face the Music

Trembling in the king’s presence, Nehemiah quickly breathed a prayer. Appearing sad or gloomy before the king was…

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Escape From Prison

Have you ever felt as if everyone had deserted you and left you to face terrible circumstances all…

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Don’t Leave Me in the Dark!

“Hey! I’m still in here. Don’t leave me in the dark!” Alone and forgotten in the blackness, with…

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Don’t Jump Overboard!

Jesus had spent another busy day teaching the crowds and healing the sick. The crowds had grown so…

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Disappointments

“The paper is late again!” I told my husband after going outside our apartment building to look for…

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Changes

If you have ever lost a job at the worst possible time due to downsizing, or if you…

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Change of Seasons

According to a study of America’s 300 largest cities, the little city in which I live, Springfield, Missouri,…

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Banana-Nut Bread

Many years had passed since the two friends had been together, though neither one could remember the precise…

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A Cracked What?

I was driving home from my daily walk at our local mall when my car’s speedometer suddenly dropped…

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Life’s Hardest Lesson

“Lord, why have you brought trouble upon us?” Moses asked. “Is this why you sent me?” Earlier, he…

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I Hate Change!

“So you’re taking my grandchildren away from me!” Lanie said bitterly. “I’m sorry, Mom,” Denny responded. “I don’t…

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He Won’t Forget You

We had painstakingly packed away our wedding album when we moved about a year ago. As we were…

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Have I Made the Right Choice?

“How are you coping with all the changes in your family?” asked Jeff as he and his friend…

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No Answer

At one time or another, most of us have experienced the frustration of not being able to contact…

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You’re Not Dreaming!

You’re Not Dreaming! Peter’s future looked worse than bleak. Herod had ordered the execution of James, the brother…

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Who Made the Promise?

The reliability of a promise depends entirely on the trustworthiness of the person who makes it. We all…

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Empty Holes

Astronomers at the University of Minnesota recently discovered a gigantic hole in the universe, an expanse nearly a…

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Critters

As I walked down my street after a spring shower, I came upon an earthworm convention holding their…

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Lost in the Crowd

I guess at times everyone feels unnoticed or left out. But when being forgotten seems to be the…

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