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Author: Mary Kassian

Forget Me Not

Tiny blue flowers, called “forget-me-nots” grow profusely in the heights of the Rocky Mountains in the summer. They can be found tucked into every nook and cranny – sometimes growing out of cracks in the face of the rock. This is a poem I wrote one summer as I reflected on the name of these vivid blooms. They , together with the rest of creation incessantly remind us not to forget… Each hill scaled, each step climbed Incessant emblems that remind Tucked in every nook and crack Tiny yellow eyes peer back Painted lids of baby blue Moist with tears of morning dew A repeated message on this rock Reminders to “Forget-me-not” Extending up from earth to sky Where blue encircles a golden eye From heav’n above the loyal sought Those who will Forget-Me-Not © 2003 Mary A. Kassian. All Rights Reserved AUTHOR NOTE: Mary Kassian is author of several Lifeway Bible Studies. She and her husband Brent have mastered the art of cheering after spending countless hours watching their sons play ice hockey and volleyball. The Kassian clan and their pets, Miss Kitty and black lab, General Beau, live in Western Canada. (Copyright Mary Kassian, 2007,

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Green with Envy

Your sister has just moved into a beautiful new home and instead of being happy for her, you’ve got a little green-eyed monster putting the squeeze on your heart. Outwardly you’re all smiles and congratulations, but inwardly you resent the fact that she’s getting ahead while you’re spinning your wheels – stuck in a rut. Envy is the age-old monster that motivated Cain to murder his brother Abel, and the wicked Queen to poison her step-daughter, Snow White. According to the Bible, it’s an evil that leads to quarrels, fights, disorder, and “every vile practice” (See James 3:14-4:2) A tranquil heart gives life to the flesh, but envy makes the bones rot.  Proverbs 14:30 (ESV) Why is Envy Green? Why do we turn “green” with envy? In antiquity, the Hebrew word for envy, qinah, referred to the burning color in the face produced by a deep emotion. The Greeks believed that jealousy was accompanied by an overproduction of bile, lending a yellowish-green pallor to the victim’s complexion. In the seventh century B.C., the poetess Sappho used the word “green” to describe the face of a stricken lover. After that, the word was used freely by other poets to denote jealousy or envy. The most famous such reference and the origin of the term “green-eyed monster” is Iago’s speech in Shakespeare’s Othello: “O! Beware my lord, of jealousy; it is...

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Him Tarzan, You Jane

21 Beauty Questions: Are you a Bible Beauty… or a Girl Gone Wild? For all you “Girls Gone Wild” workshop participants at the Refresh Leadership Training at the Beth Moore conference in Vancouver last week, here’s a copy of my “21 Beauty Questions” in pdf format. Just click on the link to...

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The Power of Praise

Last season, TV viewers cast nearly 500 million votes in support of their favorite contestants on American Idol. It’s natural to express praise for that which we enjoy. We promote the music of our favorite artist; discuss the skill of an admired athlete; recommend the food of a good restaurant; or describe the beauty of a special vacation spot. Virtually all of us have listened to a smitten young man endlessly gush about the girl who has captured his heart. Delight goes hand in hand with praise. When something or someone thrills us, we are compelled to express it. The enjoyment is not really complete until we do.The “Wow!” follows the pleasure like the rumble of thunder follows the lightening flash. C.S. Lewis once said, “Praise not merely expresses but completes the enjoyment; it is its appointed consummation.” In other words, praise is to enjoyment what crossing the finish line is to running a race. The enjoyment leads to praise. The two are so closely linked that an absence of one generally indicates an absence of the other. This helps explain the reason behind the Bible’s command to praise God. In commanding us to praise him, God is – in essence – inviting us to enjoy him. Hallelujah! Do you know what the word “Hallelujah” means? It was a compound Hebrew word used by the Jewish people as a...

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On Eagles Wings

From time to time, Brent and I spot Eagle’s nests while hiking. Watching these mighty birds swoop and soar and care for their young is a fascinating pastime. Eagles build their nests in crags high up on mountains. When their young reach a certain age, the parents stir the nest, and throw the little ones out. A parent then swoops down under the frightened falling eaglet and flaps its mighty wings, creating an updraft that supports the eaglet so that it may learn to fly. This reminds me so much of God. He often “stirs” things up and throws me out of my comfortable nest. Though it’s terrifying, my panicked freefall is inevitably halted by the strong updraft of his ever-present help. In the end, the trauma strengthens me and teaches me to fly. On Eagles Wings On eyries high young eaglets rest snug and sound within the nest trial nor tempest doth beset their safe domain. For all is calm and all is well, feathers soft do vain compel to leave the circle known so well for eagle’s wings. Cruelly stirred, alarmed with fright O’er the edge of dreadful height falling down to certain plight a fateful end. Shattered dreams, confusion, shock torn from safety of the rock blind to see nor giving thought to eagle’s wings. Breath of wind begins to rise pushing eaglet t’ward the skies...

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