Encouragement

Prayers that Prevail

Have you ever prayed for something in Jesus’ name and didn’t understand why you didn’t get a favorable response? Jesus says, “Very truly I tell you, my Father will give you whatever you ask in my name” (John 16:23). To understand why we do not get the response we want when we pray in Jesus’ name, we must first understand what it means to pray in Jesus’ name. Praying with authority On the way to meet a friend for lunch, I rushed into Charter Bank to cash a check made out to my husband. The teller shook her head, slid

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One Sick Puppy

One Sick Puppy

With chocolate brown Bambi eyes and a fun-loving personality, Mickey Hubbard holds a very special place in my heart. Weighing in at six pounds and two ounces, my bundle of joy was definitely shown favoritism in the Hubbard household. He was the only one my husband and I allowed to sleep in our bed every night—contrary to the parenting advice I offer others. He received far more grace during my potty-training course, always got his way when he whined, and was allowed to go outside and play whenever he wanted. When he was grouchy, the other family members were blamed

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The Granddaddy Sin

The Granddaddy Sin

I once dated a fellow who drove me up the wall with his boasting. He would ask, “What did you think of that touchdown I made? Have you ever seen anybody run so fast and dodge so many people before crossing into the end zone?” He invited me to spend the weekend with his family by saying, “If it’s okay with you, my dad will fly us down in our fifteen-passenger Lear jet, and we can spend a couple of days on our seven-and-a-half-million-dollar yacht, which by the way, is the largest one in the Florida Keys.” After three months

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How to have great friends

How To Have Great Friends - by Ginger Hubbard

If I could only use two words to define my friend Paula, they would be “southern” and “southern.” Paula traveled with me to the West Coast, bringing with her all of the charming lingo that separates Alabama from the rest of our country. Paula doesn’t assume, she “reckons.” She doesn’t laugh, she “gets tickled.” She doesn’t get angry, she gets “mad as fire.” Traveling with Paula was definitely an adventure. Both of us being directionally challenged, we spent more time asking for directions than we did enjoying the lovely landscape of Southern California. After a mere two-minute conversation with us,

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Dead Man’s Float

Dead Man's Float - Ginger Hubbard

Isn’t it amazing how people can experience a complete shift of emotions in the blinking of an eye? I vividly remember one of those moments fifteen years ago—the day I went from total contentment to total terror in a split second. It all started with, “Kids, grab the towels and sun screen! We’re gonna indulge in an all day relaxathon at the pool!” Squeals of delight echoed through the house as two over excited children danced a jig while changing into their swimsuits. As we climbed into the car, I noticed some intense conspiring going on between brother and sister.

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