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Photo by Ted J. Henley in Mauriceville, Texas

A good friend of mine, Rusty Cluck, a neighbor on the Bolivar Peninsula, said in an e-mail this week that, Ted, my husband, is an explorer. I totally agree with Rusty’s pronouncement. There are times when Ted will leave to drive to the local grocery or pharmacy and be gone for much longer than the time it takes to get there and back to our home

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I have often heard hearts referred to as “heavy” or “light” by pastors, teachers and by friends in daily conversations. But what does that reference mean?

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As I was meditating and giving serious thought to what I would address for the month of February for several publications, I began to think about the human heart. Now, I have lived long enough to know that different folks believe different things about the importance of the heart. I am not referring to medical conditions, although God knows there are many people suffering from bad hearts in the physical realm. Scholars have long debated what is stored within man’s heart. Many say it is the seat of our emotions.

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There’s an old Southern gospel song I remember from my youth. Beaumont song leader Melvin Elkins will likely remember this one, too, from his more than 40 years of singing in churches large and small: “This world is not my home. I’m just a passin’ through.” The premise of this song is that while we spend our allotted years here on earth, Christians must keep in mind that we are not going to be here forever.

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Many of those who have a family, go to church, and are involved in day-to-day activities, still they have a way of saving up many pent emotions, feelings and even words. With the slightest of triggers, they find themselves lashing out at others during this time because they are basically unhappy, out to prove a matter, or generally miserable. No one that I know of really has a Norman Rockwell painting lifestyle. Some have beautiful homes, money to buy great gifts, and have food in abundance, but someone has worked hard to put all of that together.

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