Tuesday, October 4 2022 - 10:27 PM

David B. Smith

writes from Southern California.

My Exploding Schedule

man looking stressed looking at laptop screen

Help God: I’d like to call a timeout from my schedule and have some soothing “Enya” quiet time with you, but today’s one of those …

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Is Heaven Real?

Stone steps beside the sea

In most jokes about heaven, St. Peter guards the pearly gates, and some religious leaders get around on skateboards instead of Mercedes Benz chariots. But …

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Mom’s Birthday

daughter hugging mom

Dear God: I want to thank you for Mom. Today, we celebrated her 83rd birthday, and she’s still well and happy. She misses Dad, sure; …

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Be Consistent

father and son

Have you ever caught yourself disciplining your child today for something that last week you let slide? Or constantly changing the house rules because of …

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Our New Home

man giving keys to couple

Dear God: I can’t believe it, Father. After all these years, you have given us a home of our very own! The paperwork went through, …

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Confession

two guys talking

Dear God: Father, I’ve chosen tomorrow as the day I’m going to find Glen and make my confession. I’m so ashamed. Five years ago, I …

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Speak Once, Then Act

child jumping around

Someone once suggested that the best guide to discipline is just four words long: “Speak once . . . then act.” My cousin Morris Venden …

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New Life

mother holding baby

Dear God: I watched the birth of my daughter today. At three minutes after one, her tiny head emerged . . . and then I …

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Go Ahead, Say It

couple in kitchen, talking

Let me set two marriage goals before you. First, praise your spouse with flattering words at least once a day. And I mean, every single …

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Jesus the Lobbyist

Man sitting in front of laptop, thinking

You’re a lobbyist? You’d almost have better luck putting “Top Used-Car Salesman” on your resumé. Politicians, especially those with an ambitious eye on a comfy …

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