About the Author

Our associate pastor has three document frames on his office wall at church. The first two display his degrees. The third one, though, displays his heart--whether that was his intent or not--and never fails to lift my spirits. In that frame is a ribbon that says, "Clean Teeth Award."

I probably like that so much because thatís my speed. I donít have a long list of credentials after my name. I grew up on a farm and went to college in Ohio. I taught elementary school there and in Indiana where I also received my masterís degree in education. I got married and we raised our two kids in New Jersey and Maryland. Iíve been in church (a grand total of ten of them) for most of my life and have done a little bit of a lot of things and a lot of a few things there. But, bottom-line, there is only one thing I really have going for me and it is that Jesus loves me and I know it.



I began this collection with the prayer that something I would share would be a breath of the fresh air of Godís Presence to your heart. As I end I want to pray another prayer on your behalf:

Peter 1:3-4 (NLT)

May God bless you with His special favor and wonderful peace as you come to know Jesus, our God and Lord, better and better. As we know Jesus better, His divine power gives us everything we need for living a godly life. He has called us to receive His own glory and goodness! And by that same mighty power, He has given us all of His rich and wonderful promises. He has promised...that you will share in His divine nature.


Lana Waters Liu

November 2004

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