Author Archives: Verla Wallace

The Story Behind “The Forgottens”

I’ve just completed a series of sculptures I call “The Forgottens.” I had never sculpted, despite a lifetime of creative interests. No time or money for it. But a birthday check a year ago sent me to an art center … Continue reading

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The Perversity of Unanswered Prayer

A new friend recently told me she had never prayed out loud–especially with other people. She was afraid she wouldn’t “do it right.” I reassured her that it required no special language or training. It’s just talking to someone who knows … Continue reading

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It’s a Boy!

Born: In Bethlehem, during the census Lineage: the line of David Weight:  8 lbs, 10 oz. Length: 21 inches Name: Jesus, Messiah, Wonderful Counselor, Prince of Peace, Savior  Mary and the baby are doing fine, but both are exhausted. It was … Continue reading

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Why God Loves Dogs

Today is a good day. I want to relish it because bad days are the ones we typically remember and rehash, even though both are a necessary part of the cycle of life. King Solomon–once touted as the wisest man … Continue reading

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Jesus and Cereal

It had been an extremely difficult hour of discussion about fear, how we each felt about it, experiences we’ve had with fear, how we’ve coped and what God has to say about it. The voluntary participants were female residents of … Continue reading

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Getting in God’s Face

Unanswered prayers wreck me. Sometimes I feel like saying, “God, would it kill you to let me in on what you’re doing here? It’s not like I’m asking for a Rolex watch. What I’m asking for falls under the header of … Continue reading

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Judging Our “Truthiness”

As I was channel surfing recently, it struck me how many highly rated television shows today are contests with serious-as-a-heart-attack judging, winners and losers, and lots of drama. There’s “American Idol,” “The Voice,” “Dancing with the Stars,” “The Biggest Loser,” … Continue reading

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