Kathleen McCarty

Broken Yet Blessed

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Your Prince of Peace

I was in a deep and sound sleep one night when an incredibly loud thunderclap awakened me. Once I was awake, I had trouble falling asleep again, but it wasn’t because of the storm going on outside. Instead, there was a storm brewing in me. My mind began to race, conjuring up all kinds of […]

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Under His Wing

As a little girl living in the burbs of Chicago, I had the opportunity to spend a few weeks during my summer vacations with my elderly widowed great grandmother who lived on a small hobby farm in Iowa. Great grandma’s farm boasted a goat, a rooster, several hens and chicks, a couple of ducks, and […]

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Focus on the Goodness

When my children were younger, they would occasionally come home from school expressing a desire to do something or to go somewhere that I felt wasn’t appropriate for them, and I would have to say “no” to their request. When they were especially young, the typical response back to me was to whine, saying “That’s […]

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Making A Ripple

A few days ago, as I was folding laundry, I found myself contemplating the fact that we live in a world that celebrates and lauds those we deem as being successful. We live in a culture that’s enamored and fascinated with the lives of the rich and the famous, both in the secular and in […]

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Planting Good Seeds

I spent 22 years of my adult life in a farming and logging community in rural Michigan. My back yard butted up against a large field owned by a local farmer. Every spring I could watch that farmer from my kitchen and dining room windows tilling and fertilizing the earth, and eventually planting either barley […]

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The Beauty of Christ in You

A philosophy class I took years ago required the reading of Man’s Search for Meaning, which chronicles the experiences of a concentration camp inmate during the Holocaust. The Nazis had killed his entire family, and then placed him in a camp where he was routinely starved and beaten until the Liberation. The fact that he […]

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Seek the Good of Others

Have you sometimes felt like you were two people in one body? One part of you wants to do what is right and good and loving toward others, while the other part of you is yelling, rather loudly, “But what about me?” The Bible tells us that we should not seek our own good but […]

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Choose to Forgive

The story is told of a spinster woman who died, and left very specific instructions in her will that she was to have no male pallbearers at her funeral. The explanation she gave was simple and direct. She said, “They didn’t want to take me out when I was alive, so I’m not gonna let […]

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God redeems our Failures

We’ve all heard the old platitude, “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” Thomas Edison’s first 5,000 attempts to invent the incandescent light bulb failed. Edison’s attitude was not that he was a failure. Rather, he determined that he had identified and eliminated 5,000 ways that didn’t work, which brought him 5,000 steps […]

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We can trust God.

Many years ago I had a serious car accident . I fractured my hip, cracked my pelvic bone, and badly injured my knee. As a result, I had to rely on crutches for several weeks in order to get around and to get on with my life. While I was grateful for the mobility, after […]

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