Slightly Obsessed #177 "Feet of Clay: When Your Best Isn’t Enough"
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Slightly Obsessed #087 "One Love" (Wednesday Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2014-10-15 10:54:55
The pain in their eyes is indescribable. It is a suffering worse than death, because it is one they must live it out every day. There is no resolution, no undoing the affair.
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Slightly Obsessed #086 "Song in the Night" (Wednesday Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2014-10-08 13:04:01
It could be a story in the news anywhere in the world today. But it happened two thousand years ago in the city of Philippi.
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Slightly Obsessed #085 "An Audience of One" (Wednesday Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2014-10-01 14:53:27
“Here’s how to stand out in a noisy world,” the ad in my inbox promises. Like many writers, I’m regularly bombarded with advertising that offers the newest tips or book or webinar that will surely teach me how to be heard above the crowd.
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Slightly Obsessed #084 "At the Edge of Faith" (Wednesday Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2014-09-24 12:00:47
Remember when you first discovered God? Remember praying for the street light to change or the car to make it to the gas station? I remember praying as a young girl for God to help me find a cheap ring I had lost.
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Slightly Obsessed #083 "Dead Man Walking" (Wednesday Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2014-09-17 13:02:45
According to the Bible, we’re all dead. Those who have never accepted the sacrifice for their sins are dead. Those who have, are dead to sin and alive to righteousness. Someone has noted that dead men don’t feel pain.
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Slightly Obsessed #082 "When the Problem Isn't the Problem" (Wednesday Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2014-09-10 12:10:22
That person in your office or your class constantly needles you. He cajoles you into taking on more of the work he’s supposed to be doing. She repeats gossip about you to people you respect and admire under the guise of asking for prayer.
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Slightly Obsessed #081 "Chains - Yearning to Be Free" (Wednesday Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2014-09-03 11:33:47
She sits in the coolness of the green grass in the shade of a large Austrian pine. It’s a sparkling
fall day. A hint of autumn scents the late summer air. It would be perfect day for this young German girl, except for one thing.
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Slightly Obsessed #080 "Limitless" (Wednesday Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2014-08-27 11:09:28
I don’t know where I got the idea that God was a harsh taskmaster and distant deity, either forsaking us altogether or sitting back on His throne in heaven with His arms folded across His chest as He waited to pounce on us at the first hint of misdeed.
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Slightly Obsessed #079 "Made In His Image Part 2" (Wednesday Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2014-08-20 11:26:55
They slithered into the Temple quietly, snakes coiled in waiting for the Master. This group of Pharisees and Herodians had been sent by the Jewish leaders to catch Jesus in a statement appearing to foster rebellion against Roman authority.
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Slightly Obsessed #078 "You Were Born to Create" (Wednesday Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2014-08-13 11:39:14
The Bible does not tell us what God looks like, although we get intriguing clues. In Genesis 3:8, Adam and Eve “heard the sound of the LORD God walking in the garden in the cool of the day.”
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Slightly Obsessed #077 "In the Belly of the Whale" (Wednesday Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2014-08-06 11:42:14
He had received a big assignment in a big city. The Bible tells us that the ancient city of Nineveh took three days to walk through and is thought to have been the home of over 600,000 people.
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Slightly Obsessed #076 "Prism" (Wednesday Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2014-07-30 15:16:26
I walked out of the hospital’s neonatal intensive care unit with a heavy heart. Our son, Kevin, lay in a sterile room fighting pneumonia. He was just three weeks old; so tiny, so new on this earth. Already having to fight for life.
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Slightly Obsessed #075 "The New Nazis" (Wednesday Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2014-07-23 11:11:18
On June 10 of this year, when the Islamic State was declared in Mosul, Iraq, the militants there promised tolerance to the Christians living there. Iraq has been the ancestral home to millions of Christians since early Christianity took root there.
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Slightly Obsessed #074 "Transplant" (Wednesday Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2014-07-16 11:12:43
Grandpa Griggs brought the seeds up to Mother one year and told her, “I don’t know why you want a durn old mimosa.” Mother ignored him and managed to get one seed to sprout and grow.
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Slightly Obsessed #073 "First Love" (Wednesday Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2014-07-09 11:22:52
Ephesus was a thriving harbor city in first century Asia. It was a center both for trade and for the pagan worship of the Greek goddess Artemis, the equivalent of the Roman goddess Diana.
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Slightly Obsessed #072 "Earthen Vessels" (Wednesday Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2014-05-14 07:42:18
The “earthen vessels” spoke of in this Scripture are just clay pots. At the time of Jesus’ first coming, these cheap to make, easily breakable, disposable jars were used for every day chores like holding garbage and sewage.
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Slightly Obsessed #071 "Heirloom" (Wednesday Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2014-05-07 12:50:44
I have a thing for collectibles. I can't help it; it's a disease that I inherited from my mother. It seems to grow with age, and its reach has spread to my daughters.
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Slightly Obsessed #070 "Do You Worship the UNKNOWN GOD?" (Wednesday Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2014-04-30 10:58:38
It commands a sweeping view of the city of Athens to this day. The hulking rock formation known as the Areopagus was, in Roman times, a gathering place for the learned men of the city. Here, on this formidable hill, they held court as the Council of Areopagus.
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Slightly Obsessed #069 "Blood Moon" (Wednesday Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2014-04-16 08:20:48
I really didn’t want to awaken from a deep sleep to gaze at the moon. Not at the moment. But I had asked my husband a few hours earlier to get me up to see the lunar eclipse with him. So I stumbled downstairs to witness the rising of the “blood moon.”
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Slightly Obsessed #068 "The Bus to Nowhere" (Wednesday Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2014-04-09 07:54:45
The day starts well enough. The earth is turning, the sun is shining, and I’m breathing.

So far, so good.

Then the battle begins. A stray word or a look of irritation from someone crosses my path. A myriad troubles are dumped on my path.
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Slightly Obsessed #067 "In the Shadow of His Wings" (Weekly Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2014-04-02 07:28:25
A hen with her chicks is a vivid picture of a protective momma.

When I was growing up, I had a calico cat named Roseanne. Roseanne was an outdoor cat who loved to roam our eight acres of Idaho countryside. She was never spayed until her later years and was one of the most..
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Slightly Obsessed #066 "Unexpected" (Wednesday Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2014-03-26 09:45:32
It was Christmas Eve. The extended family was coming for the first time to our place for dinner, and I had worked myself into a frazzle getting the house ready. Late in the afternoon, when my nerves were frayed into sharp little spikes, I finally finished waxing the floor in the kitchen and entry. I declared to my poor family that anyone who set foot on the floor before it dried was in trouble. Big trouble.
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Slightly Obsessed #065 "Fortress" (Wednesday Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2014-03-19 07:52:10
This week television cameras caught the moment a 4.4 quake rocked parts of Southern California. Newscasts were in progress at the moment the quake hit. Replays of the footage showed newscasters caught off-guard in the middle of their broadcasts. Some sat with apprehension at their desks; others were overcome with fear and dove unceremoniously for cover.
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Slightly Obsessed #064 "Skin for Skin: The Man Who Proved Satan Wrong" (Wednesday Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2014-03-12 12:16:23
Do you ever wonder why something bad happens to you? Does it feel like God doesn’t see what’s happening—or doesn’t care?
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Slightly Obsessed #063 "Unbowed" (Wednesday Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2014-03-05 07:43:55
The new statue of Nebuchadnezzar stood in all its golden ninety-foot glory, erected to honor the Babylonian king. Nebuchadnezzar planned a very special celebration for its dedication. A proclamation had been issued and sent throughout his kingdom: When the music played, every person in the kingdom was to fall down and worship the image.
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Slightly Obsessed #062 "Pure Worship" (Wednesday Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2014-02-26 12:45:33
The three huge screens beam the words so everyone in the entire building can see them. The worship team moves seamlessly from one song to the next as the service begins. A few people scurry breathlessly in and find their seats as the music plays.
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Slightly Obsessed #061 "A Faith That's Real" (Wednesday Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2014-02-19 10:57:28
The picture shows a well-groomed cat sitting primly for the camera. The caption on the photo says, “Your profile pic.” The next picture is of the same cat, wild-eyed and frazzled. The caption reads, “The photo you are tagged in.”
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Slightly Obsessed #060 "A Rose without Thorns" (Weekly Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2014-02-12 11:36:41
My mother used to say that the only thing holidays were good for was to set people up for hurt and disappointment. It seems cynical, but unfortunately, it's often true. The world's expectations for these contrived celebrations definitely set us up for a letdown...
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Slightly Obsessed #059 "Beyond The Grave" (Weekly Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2014-02-05 12:17:33
He pulled open the heavy mechanical door and it engaged, swinging wide. Inside, the usual nursing home smells met him as he made his way to his mother’s room. It was darkened. The curtains were pulled, and a deep silence shut out the sounds in the hall.
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Slightly Obsessed #058 "When Dead Men Speak" (Weekly Devo)
by Pamela Thorson on 2014-01-29 11:53:46
She shuffled behind the men who carried the body, despair written in every line on her face. Her thin shoulders sagged under the weight of a life without hope. She was a widow, and she was burying her only son.
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