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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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January 1, 2013 - Divine Appointment

By Kristen Feola

"Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have" (1 Peter 3:15, NIV).

"Do you smoke?"

The voice came from above my head. I sat in the driver's seat of my car with the door ajar, buckling up my Rollerblades for a morning skate on the trail.

"No," I replied to the 20-something girl standing beside me. Her question seemed rather odd, especially since I was obviously getting ready to exercise. She walked away without saying another word.

That was weird, I thought. She must be looking for someone who has a lighter.

I finished putting on my gear, locked my car, and started toward the trail. The young woman was coming back in my direction. She was sweating profusely and had a distressed look on her face. I sensed the Lord saying, Talk to her.

"Are you OK?" I asked.

"Yes," she said, although I wasn't convinced.

"Are you sure?" I prodded.

"I need a cigarette," she told me as she walked away. That was the extent of our conversation. However, I continued to think about her as I skated, wishing I'd said more. About 30 minutes later, I saw her on the trail. I smiled and said, "Hi." She didn't respond.

When I got back to my car, instead of leaving to go home, I put on my shoes and headed down the trail in her direction. Immediately, I started praying and quoting Scripture, asking God to give me the words to say. I was excited to see what the Lord was going to do.

The girl was nowhere to be found. It was as if she disappeared. I was upset because I knew I should have stopped when I saw her the second time.

"I'm sorry, Lord!" I cried.

That experience was a sobering reminder of how important it is to act quickly when God prompts our hearts to speak to someone. Moments of opportunity are fleeting. When they're gone, they're gone forever.

I pray the young woman I saw will find fulfillment in a personal relationship with the Lord. I pray, too, for other opportunities to reach out to more like her.

With God's help, I won't miss those appointments.

— Kristen Feola is the author of the book The Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast. She and her family attend James River Assembly in Ozark, Mo. Kristen blogs at



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