Author Archive: Annette McDaniel

So, How’s Your Love Life?

So, How’s Your Love Life? By Annette McDaniel It was the annual family reunion and I stood checking out the pot-luck table for my favorites. Fried chicken? Yep! Potato salad? There it is. Cherry pie? Oh, yeah. It’s going to be a good event. Suddenly an arm encircled my shoulder. “So, how’s your love life?” […]

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Anticipating Angels

Anticipating Angels By Annette McDaniel The bicycle was old with faulty brakes. It had weathered three older siblings and had been a hand-me-down when our family acquired it. When I was ten, it was my turn. My favorite location to ride was a stretch of hard-packed dirt road south of our farm. It had the […]

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The Rest of The Story

The Rest of The Story By Annette McDaniel Paul Harvey, a popular radio broadcaster, was well known for his The Rest of the Story series. He would relate tales of people from history or perhaps modern-day achievers, weaving little known facts into the fabric of his anecdotes. Then finally (after a commercial break) he would […]

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Who’s the Boss

Who’s the Boss By Annette McDaniel Six-year-old Joey when asked to make his bed, ignored the request and began hauling toys off the shelf. “Do your chores before you play,” his mother said. The boy continued grabbing toys. Do it now, please.” She stepped between the child and his toy shelf. “You’re not the Boss […]

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Flickers of Faith

Flickers of Faith By Annette McDaniel Worn out from shopping and waiting for my ride, I noticed a weathered old bench at the edge of the park. It was occupied by a middle-aged man who seemed to be dozing but I needed to sit, so I quietly lowered myself on the far end of the […]

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An Unknown God

An Unknown God By Annette McDaniel Fresh from experiencing a beating and jail time for spreading the truth about Jesus, (not to mention an earthquake), the Apostle Paul travelled to Athens to bring the Good News to the Greeks. There he noticed the elaborate shrines to many different gods. The locals wanted to make sure […]

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Adding To The Problem

Adding To The Problem By Annette McDaniel An object lesson for children illustrates the journey from sinfulness to salvation by using a glass jar half filled with clear water, representing the innocence of a small child. Slowly the jar is filled with a staining agent such as coffee and the water becomes murky and dark […]

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Listening In Silence

Listening in Silence By Annette McDaniel March is International Listening Awareness Month. The organization began in Minnesota in 1979 to study ways to promote better listening skills and now is world-wide. In 2008 the Missouri House of Representatives paused to recognize the ILA by passing HR94. This year the 38th Annual Convention was held March […]

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As The Twig Is Bent

As The Twig Is Bent By Annette McDaniel On the Church camp ground I attended as a teenager, a tree stands whose two main branches were tied in a knot while it was still a sapling. Now fully grown, the aberration remains. A small sign hangs from the distorted limbs, reading, “As the Twig is […]

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Seeking The Light

SEEKING THE LIGHT By Annette McDaniel On a Sunday afternoon trip with my childhood friend and her parents, we drove into a violent rainstorm. From a sky, previously bright with sunshine, enormous dark clouds blew in, blotting out the sun. Suddenly we were in such a downpour that there was no visibility of the surrounding […]

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