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Anne Johnston

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“I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.” Psalm 55:8 It is cold outside. Snow is falling and the wind is blowing. But here in my apartment there is peace because the presence of the Lord is here. There is food in my cupboard, I have warm clothes to wear, and there is no need to go out in the storm. Our world is in turmoil. There are many things that could bring us fear. There are stories of mass shootings, viruses that are causing sickness and death, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, and large forest fires. In some…

“For she said, If I may touch but his clothes, I shall be whole.” Mark 5:28 Bent low with pain she pushed her way through the crowd. Somewhere beyond the dusty feet walked the Healer whom she had heard so much about. Careful not to brush against anyone else, she moved closer, aware that if anyone saw her, she would be rebuked. At last, she was near enough to reach out a trembling hand and carefully brush the hem of the garment He wore. Immediately He stopped walking and spoke, “Who touched me?” His disciples walking near Him laughed as…

“Many daughters have done virtuously, but thou excellest them all.” Proverbs 31:29 We have been looking at the virtuous woman in Proverbs 31. I hope that we no longer see her as a paragon on a pedestal far above us and unreachable, but as someone you can be. Let’s look at the final verses in this passage in the NLT: “Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her. There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!” “Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the Lord…