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Saturday, August 3, 2013

Another sleepless night … thoughts racing in my mind while fatigue’s attacking the body, insomnia is keeping my eyes open. However, tonight is special because God answered a question for me. The thing is, I've never inquired, at least, out loud … hmm. I've probably talked to friends about it, but never directly said “God, why do I feel your presence more during the wee hours of the night when others are sleeping? Why do I feel more inspired to express my love, trust and hope in You in written form while sitting alone in the shadows of the night?”

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The Conductor's Daughter - a Layover in Omaha

Saturday, June 1, 2013

It's 3 am and sleep isn't my friend tonight though I'm really tired. Twenty, maybe thirty minutes of rest is all I was allowed. I guess I have a lot on my mind. Sat outside for a little while - it's always so peaceful. Listened to the clickety-clack of the train in the distance and the lonely sound of the whistle in the still of the night.

Approach to rail yard in Omaha, NE
Thought about my father who was a conductor on the passenger trains before people turned to other modes of transportation. I had a family pass so I'd ride with him often on a route to Omaha. I'd feel real important sitting in my seat watching him work. He looked so handsome in his uniform and his hat, I really liked his hat with gold bar on it. He'd walk down the aisles greeting each passenger personally as he used his hole punch on their ticket to mark that portion of their route.
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Two years again I gave up chocolate ...

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

‎I don't live for chocolate like many of my friends so I figured it wouldn't be to too difficult to give up chocolate for Lent. I had no idea how the devil would tempt me.

We went on a 10 night vacation and each night our hotel put cookies in our room - decadent chocolate ones of course. I was good and didn't allow them to tempt me. When we switched hotels they left candies in our room - again fabulous chocolate candy. Again, I resisted. Every where I looked I saw chocolate that came close to breaking me but I stayed strong.

Then I was at church on Wednesday night and my grandson proudly told me he had a surprise for me. After eating at Wendy's he asked his mom if he could get me a frosty. Chocolate of course.

 I was heartbroken when this little guy I love dearly stood before me and handed me the chocolate frosty. What do I do, break my promise to God or break my little boys heart. I excused myself and ran to the pastors wife and said I have a dilemma which I explained to her. She and the others at the table laughed at me as they explained God would forgive me, that I couldn't break the little guys heart.
I ate the frosty and enjoyed every bite!

I reflect in hope ...


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Karen Maag is a Christian speaker and writer who has a passion for women who are hurting and the friends and family who support them. She is a wife, mother and grandmother to four beautiful gifts from God. She enjoys cooking, decorating and sharing the message of hope and forgiveness God has revealed to her. "Ephesians 6:19 says, "Pray also for me that God will give me a message when I am ready to speak so that I may speak boldly and make known the gospels secret," she says. "I have prayed. God has placed his message of hope within my heart and I am ready to speak!" Her hope is that you will enjoy reading what she has written as much as she as enjoyed penning it. If you do, please be sure to comment and sign up as a follower.

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