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114. Smile
113. To All The Teachers
112. Id Rather See a Sermon
111. Programmers Fate
110. The 23rd channel
109. School prayer
108. The most beautiful flower
107. Just remember
106. Jims prayer
105. I AM
104. God, are you real?
103. A garden
102. Two boxes
101. A disciple, but…
100. If Jesus came
99. Did Jesus use a modem?
98. The Dash
97. What are you counting?
96. Today
95. It is between you and God
94. Happy Mothers Days
93. On your terms
92. Tears of joy
91. Your choice
90. God's daughter
89. All in
88. Kingdom dating
87. God knows
86. Twice a year
85. Blame God
84. Good enough
83. Desire Vs Need
82. Woman
81. An Ordinary Man
80. Eternal Valentine
79. Uvalde, etc…
78. Viral Racism
77. Deadly date
76. I do
75. Drifted away
74. GOD CANt
73. Beg & plead
72. Pretty or handsome
71. Reap whats sown
70. Memorial Day
69. Stifled dreams
68. Affairs of the heart
67. Easter… No eggs
66. Eternal love
65. Define love
64. Hell bound
63. Seasonal
62. A break from God
61. The ultimate father
60. Heroes
59. Mothers
58. Single focus
57. Repentance required
56. Perfectly flawed
55. Salvation Vs Salary
54. #1 Dad
53. Perfect love
52. Dating - Christian or not
51. Divine Dining
50. Love you
49. Satans gifts
48. Divorce - 4
47. Happy New Year
46. Ex-life
45. Façade
44. Pews Blues
43. Sharing is caring
42. Marital Motives
41. Ripple effect
40. Relationships
39. Kneel
38. Divorce - 3
37. Divorce - 2
36. Divorce
35. Dating… Again
34. Leaving for Love
33. Dear future wife…
32. Encouragement Dating - 2
31. The love left behind
30. Encouragement Dating
29. Sacrifice
28. Are we part of the building or wrecking crew?
27. Empty Words
26. Deathly Fellowship
25. Divide And Conquer
24. Challenging Times
23. Merry Christmas
22. More Or Less
21. Step Down
20. Prideful Silence
19. Be A King
18. You're Worth It
17. Deadly Date
16. The Morning After
15. 9-11
14. More than a month
13. Stronger
12. Who Are You
11. Tag… You're It
10. Virtues Exposed
9. Valentine's Day
8. No Title Required
7. Everyone's Losing Something
6. Young And Old
5. Only whats done for Christ will last
4. When I say… I am a Christian
3. Speak, Lord, in the stillness
2. My dying conscience
1. On a day like this

 
THE DASH
 

I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of his friend.
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
From the beginning ... to the end.

He noted that first came the date of her birth
And spoke of the second with tears,
But he said that what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years.

For that dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth,
And now only those who loved her
Know what that little line is worth.

For it matters not, how much we own;
The cars, the house, the cash.
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard,
Are there things you’d like to change?
For you never know how much time is left.
(You could be at “dash mid-range.”)

If we could just slow down enough to consider
What’s true and what’s real,
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.

And ... be less quick to anger,
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we’ve never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,
And more often wear a smile,
Remembering that this special dash
Might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy is being read
With your life’s actions to rehash ...
Would you be pleased with the things they have to say
About how you spent your dash?

- Linda Ellis