2017 Focus

Posted by in Spiritual Growth

2017 Embracing Embrace uncomfortableness. Expecting Expect God to show up in the middle of it. Empowered Empowered from the inside. Unstoppable flow—of grace. …For nothing is impossible with God. Luke 1:37 (NLT).                                          

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Motives Matter Most

Posted by in Christian Living

Do you feel like there is a war going on inside of you? Are you desiring and yet not able to fully achieve what you want? Our Aunt Mary taught a youth class for many years. Her famous demonstration was taking a glass bottle, putting a cork in it, and then allowing it to float

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Plant Anyway

Posted by in Perseverence

A dozen or so pots of flowers are on my deck—waiting to be planted. And I am waiting—for stable weather. These plants have already remained safe through one rain and wind storm. I am waiting until the next storm gets out of here tomorrow. But, now they say yet another one is coming later in

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Hope Is Here!

Posted by in Hope

It’s not how hard the work is, or how dreary the circumstances may be that cause one to lose heart, fall into depression, or simply call it quits. In my experiences, I have found that we lose heart in the absence of hope, when there doesn’t appear to be a light at the end of

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Self Examination

Posted by in Spiritual Growth

When you abandon your own life and commit to follow Him, you see Him everywhere and in everything. This morning, I was drawn to spend my time with the Lord outside since it was so beautiful out. I love springtime! Walking out on my balcony, I first noticed the contrast of the light and darkness

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Satisfied with His Presence

Posted by in God's Presence

I hope this lifts your spirit and puts a song of thanksgiving and praise in your heart today. “But I will see Your face in righteousness; when I awake, I will be satisfied with Your presence” (Psalm 17:15 HCSB). Jesus, only You can satisfy my soul and fill my heart with the things which make impossible

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Living Beyond Deficiencies

Posted by in Weaknesses

He was fourteen, plagued with dyslexia and a stutter—living with music locked inside his heart. The song flowed freely in his mind, but on paper, there appeared only childish scribble in an attempt to communicate the words. The sheet contained drawings that looked more like haystacks than a melody, and was soon crumpled and left

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Winds of Change

Posted by in Change

Sometimes the winds are worse than change itself! I have often wondered why it is that I who love change, still fight so hard emotionally, to make the turn to go another direction! I remember when I worked for Northeast Tech Center. The job was awesome until I reached a plateau of learning and creating.

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Power in the Embrace

Posted by in Relationships

I am a hugger. I not only hug my honey, but also pretty shoes, and good books. Yet, when I saw strangers coming toward me with arms extended, my muscles tensed in anticipation. I could tell that the fibers were deciding should they become as hard as steel and prepare me for the emotional impact?

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A Guarded Heart

Posted by in Christian Living

On Wednesday, I have a lunch appointment with Jennie—a dear friend of mine. We will meet at a little cupcake place that serves up some great soup and sandwiches, coffee, and obviously cupcakes. Wednesday is our time reserved for some serious girl talk. We visit non-stop, jump from one subject to another, and uplift each

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Intentionally Forgetting

Posted by in Forgiveness

Have you ever known someone who never intentionally got rid of anything? Before long, new items became overshadowed by the confusing mess. There is no longer a place set aside for the valuable things because everthing was in ruins. At some point, even the good begins to look bad. I have another question. Have you ever

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Constructive Anger

Posted by in Anger

“They’ve pushed me a little too far. I don’t have to take this. This just isn’t fair!” Anger rises… and the body reacts. Anger is not a bad emotion. It is a built-in mechanism that signals when something is wrong with a circumstance or situation. How we choose to respond when this signal goes off

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