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Mrs. Miersma is the wife of Rev. Thomas Miersma, missionary in Spokane, Washington. You are so talented!” “I just don’t have a talent for that.” You have probably said or heard these words many times. What are talents? Are some people just born talented while others are not? Are gifts and talents to be defined strictly in terms of intelligence and of artistic or athletic abilities? As royal children of our heavenly Father, given the privilege to labor in His kingdom, to represent His cause in this world, and to serve Him in heartfelt gratitude, we have seen that He...

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How blessed in God’s sight is the family! We joyfully sing the paraphrase of the very familiar Psalm 128, where the psalmist celebrates its joys and privileges. God intended that, in most cases, royal children should grow and develop in covenant family life. He said inGenesis 2:18, “It is not good that the man should be alone…,” and in Proverbs 18:22, “Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing, and obtaineth favor of the Lord.” He created us to need others with whom we can live in an intimate communion of life. Growing up in a believing family is a blessed privilege,...

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O Lord, how manifold are thy works! in wisdom hast thou made them all: the earth is full of thy riches.” These words of Psalm 104:24 are echoed in the familiar hymn “How Great Thou Art.” We sing this old favorite with great enthusiasm, and yet in our daily lives we are sometimes rather insensitive to God’s “power throughout the universe displayed.” We so easily fall into habits of life that cause us to take God’s wonderful creation for granted. We don’t spend much time wandering “through the woods and forest glades” or hearing “the birds sing sweetly in the trees.” Because...

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Mrs. Miersma is the wige of Rev. Thomas Miersma, pastor of Immanuel PRC in Lacombe, Alberta, Canada. Hemlines rise and fall, waistlines ascend and descend, necklines descend and then plunge. How do royal children, and perhaps especially royal daughters, run through this fashion gauntlet? Parents must teach the royal children whom God has entrusted to their care to navigate this danger-fraught course. As royal children we wear distinctive garments, the finest in the kingdom. Does the way we dress reflect our spiritual garments as children of the great King? When we examine the clothing of the royal children, we begin...

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