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Livin It Devotionals-Perfect Imperfection

At first sight, they seemed odd.Most people walked around them, ignored them, and didn’t at all attempt to talk to them.You see, the woman was physically deformed and bound to a wheel chair.To most, she looked sort of scary.The other was obviously suffering from mental difficulties, but he pushed her along talking and laughing about nothing and everything.
Knowing who I was before I walked in Christian shoes, I may have smiled at the couple as they passed, but that would be it.I might have felt sorry for them, or thanked God that I was not bound to that wheel chair obviously suffering some horrible pain filled disease.I might have told a story about them using words like hideous or horrifying.
Lucky for me, the woman was thrown into my life as a patient in my care.She was a demanding patient only due to her medical need, but her soul was so strong and bright that it wasn’t a burdon to care for her no matter how many times the call light came on, what I was in the middle doing when she n…

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Livin It Devotionals-Love and Hate

Matthew 5:22-24 (NIV) “You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you.”

Well, this is a hard one. The concept is easy, but the practice is not, especially in today’s society of sarcasm. It reminds me of a story:

Sally had the perfect life. She was a stay-at-home mother of three small children and the wife of a fantastic man. Her husband worked long hard hours to support his family and allow Sally to stay home with their children, but it was something he felt passionate about, so he did it without griping or complaining. In return, Sally cared for the children, kept dinner warm for her husband as long as it took him to get home, and sometimes had to throw it out and start new. When he arrived from his long day, she would serve him dinner, rub his back, and take care of any needs he had. Times weren’t always perfect, but they did the best they could.

One rainy day, Sally’s husband was …