Category: Faith

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By Amanda Cleary Eastep The Small boys lived next door to us in the “new subdivision,” one round block of bi-levels and tri-levels on the outskirts of a small farm town. In the summer, all of us children scattered, bike wheels and skinny legs carrying us all the way to the other side of the […]

There’s something about the blank pages of a brand-new calendar that inspires many of us to commit to change. Raise your hand if you’ve ever made a New Year’s resolution:  I will join a gym – and show up there three times a week. Oh, and I’ll work out as long as I’m there. I […]

by Debby Hudson Our son didn’t approve of the Christmas tree. It wasn’t the kind we’d always had. It was our family tradition to get fat Christmas trees with full branches. The kind of Evergreen with long needles that fell and buried themselves into the carpet for you to find months later. For our son, […]

Contrary to the song lyrics, it’s not the most wonderful time of the year for many of us. The jingle bell merriness of the season is like an out-of-tune gong for those grieving the deaths of family members or friends, struggling in the wake of a divorce, suffering the effects of broken relationships, experiencing financial […]

by Zack Williamson The radiant spring morning beautifully illuminated the world, yet my three-year-old daughter stood unusually still. It was a delightful day to say the least, and my wife Alethea and I had walked out on our back porch to savor the sun. We lived in a pleasant neighborhood (contrary to the opinion of many), and for a young family […]

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By Michele Morin Proverbs 16:31; Jude 12; Exodus 13:21,22 I can just barely admit this, but I have finally hauled all the cassette tapes–John Michael Talbot, Carole King, Billy Joel–out from under my bed. And I’m going to throw them away. Letting go of this one thing may not free my hands to grab hold […]

By Debbie Baumgartner Last week, I was making a banner for a wedding, and I was stringing it with some beautiful–albeit fragile–yarn. Part way through the process, this beautiful fragile yarn snapped, so I made a knot and continued. I wove the yarn in and out of the holes at the top of each paper […]

by Susan Chamberlain Shipe It’s that time of year I get pensive, inward, quiet, reflective, meditative, and a bit disgruntled… Years ago this was my favorite week of the year – my happy birthday week – but when the fives became sixes, I didn’t like it so much! My friend and I were talking yesterday–and […]

I was in a room with a bunch of young pastors-in-training, and commented to a friend that I could feel the testosterone in the air even though there were a number of women present. “That’s not testosterone you’re sensing,” he told me. “It’s ambition.” As I observed the body language among the group (so many […]

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June was an incredible month here at The Perennial Gen! Thank you to everyone who read, commented on, and shared the posts submitted by our generous guest writers. Friendship turned out to be the perfect topic for our themed submissions as we watched the growing response to this new site and social media community. Here’s […]