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Preserved by Purpose: Solitude: A Christian (and Writer’s) Best Friend

“God sometimes has relationships end so he can make room for the ones he wants us to have in our lives” A few years ago, I was talking to a friend about some recent changes with some close friendships when he shared these profound words with me. He also reminded me that God will allow relationships to shift as He …

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Preserved by Purpose: You Have to Do Your Part

“You didn’t tell us we had to do that.”   During the first weeks of school, I hear this phrase at least once per day per class (probably an average of 15-20 times a week) from my college English Composition students.   A few years ago, I heard it so much that I started to doubt that I’d given clear instructions on …

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Preserved by Purpose – Leaving Baggage at Home

“Everyone’s got baggage.”  True or false?  Some may say that they have no baggage because God or 6 weeks with a psychotherapist took care of that.  There are so many different types: emotional, physical, spiritual, financial and sexual.  Some baggage that we carry is the result of our poor decisions while others are a result of us being victimized by …

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Preserved by Purpose – Forgiving the Unforgiveable

  It’s been nearly 10 years since the world was horrified at the deaths of 10 teen-aged girls at an Amish schoolhouse in Pennsylvania.   Rather than seeing the normal images of grief-stricken family members promising revenge for the killings or violent acts of retaliation, in 2006 the world watched in amazement as the Amish families illustrated Christian idea of forgiveness.  …

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Preserved –Daddy’s Girls: DNA Goes a Long Way

“Frank Jr” was what I was called as a child because between me and my 3 sisters, I was the one most like my father. From how I walked (I can thank the strong Riley family genes for being pigeon-toed) to my love of cooking, I was a carbon copy of my father. I thought I might outgrow it but …

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Preserved by Purpose – Soaring above the Haters

“I thought she was my friend but what she wrote about me on Facebook proves that she was never my friend.”  I listened intently as my student explained how baffled she was that a friend who was once close to her was now writing vicious things about her online.   She said they didn’t have a fight but noticed when she …

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Preserved – Remembering to Forget

“I can’t remember to forget you.”  This very simple phrase came to mind a few years ago as I struggled with forgiving and forgetting wrongs that I  believed that had be done to me by someone with whom I once shared a close friendship.  In fact, I remember being bothered because it seemed as though  the harder I tried to …

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COULD YOU LIVE WITHOUT IT?

Oh, how I love your law! I meditate on it all day long.                              Psalms 119:97, NIV As I’ve visited numerous hotels throughout the years during my travels, I’ve found comfort in opening the nightstand drawer and finding a Bible within, especially during those times when I’ve …

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Preserved – Handwriting on the Wall

Like others who have enjoyed the excitement of working in broadcasting, I have also experienced the discouragement of being fired from an on air radio broadcasting job.  I remember being shocked and disappointed the last time it happened in 2003.  Even though I knew that broadcasting could be unstable, I remember my mixed feelings of confusion and frustration at the …

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Preserved – Taking Lent One Step Further

A number of years ago, I got a great surprise in the mail:  “Dear Shewanda L. Riley, Our records show that you haven’t yet registered for the benefits of AARP membership, even though you are fully eligible.”   I re-read the first line a few times to make sure I was reading the right thing. I thought, “ AARP?  Isn’t that …

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