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Tuning It Out

      Our smoke detector often beeps at us to let us know it is time to change the batteries. It’s chirping is ever present in our home, yet I wonder how long it beeps until we finally hear it. After hearing it, it’s still awhile before we get to changing out the batteries and getting it back on track once again. I realize that I can tune out a lot of things. My children’s whining, deadlines, things that need attention in our home. I can walk right past eyesores and be okay with it, until something happens and …

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A Hurried Scurried Life

  I lived a hurried, scurried life for so many years. I felt I had to DO in order to be. It wasn’t until someone gracefully pointed out that it wasn’t necessary to always be kept busy. It was good to have margins. Margins are useful on pages of paper, making it clearer to read the content. Margins in life are useful in making priorities stand out and allowing our bodies to rest, as God calls us to. Of course, we can be in seasons where we absolutely need to hurry and scurry at times. Living with toddlers, it seems …

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Don’t Look Back!

    Have you ever looked back at something the Lord has brought you through and still had a sense of doubt? Lot’s wife was turned into a pillar of salt for being tempted to look back at what they were leaving behind. God intends for us to keep our eyes focused forward. To be in the present, not the past. Sure, the past will creep in and remind us of either things we have done, said or felt. Sometimes, that past isn’t all that bad. That past has been used to shape us, but it does not define us. …

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Alone With Our Thoughts

        The enemy comes to seek, kill and destroy. This is true, but sometimes we don’t make his job very hard. We can also seek, kill and destroy ourselves and others with our thoughts and our words. I wake up every morning with thoughts in my mind, and I go to bed every evening with them as well. Throughout the day, my thoughts can motivate me to do good deeds or threaten to tangle and trip me up and cause others to stumble because of them. Words can be used like weapons. Our tongue is the hardest …

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Spiritual Atrophy

Our household recently experienced an illness that passed through our entire home and it took about two weeks to recover from it. In that time frame, try as I might to get up and live life like I wasn’t put out, I had to succumb sometimes to just lying in bed. While to some that sounds like a pleasant break, I was truly struggling with it. I wanted to be up and active. In that time frame, the muscles in my legs and arms atrophied a bit. I felt weak some days and had cramps in my calves and biceps. …

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The Antidote to Sin

I was thinking about how we get sick. The virus type of sickness. Something so tiny we cannot even see it with our own eyes, yet it can wreck havoc in our lives. I thought about how viruses come and go and will be a part of our lives always. All we can do is try to prevent the exposure to them or treat it as best as we can,  but we will never be fully free from them, here on earth. That musing led me to thinking about sin in our lives. Sin is something that is comparable to …

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Go To The Source

    We were on the hunt for a certain type of shrub over the weekend. I’ve been looking for a while. We checked at a giant home store chain while we were in Hot Springs. They didn’t have it, nor did they seem to know what we were talking about. We decided to call around instead of going from place to place. The first place I called was a delight. The woman on the phone responded with, “Do we!” And she laughed. When we arrived, sure enough, she had a lot of those plants, and a variety as well. …

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Filled Up With God

    We don’t always see the bird seed thief in action. But the evidence was there this morning in the form of an empty bird feeder. This happens about once a year as a raccoon makes a big haul on free food. There’s no way to run the interloper off if you don’t see him. Oh beloved, your bird feeder may be safe, but there is an interloper who wants to rob everything you have stored for your life. The evidence is clear. The empty feeling is not from the Lord. The sorrow, worry, fear, anger, frustration, disappointment, discouragement …

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Age Doesn’t Have To Work Against You

    We made another one of those quick trips when our local supplier told hubby they couldn’t get paneling anymore. We went to a big store hardware and picked some up. A worker reluctantly said he’d help hubby load the stuff but he’d have to go get his own trailer. As hubby left to go look for one, a older gentleman man said “hey I’ve got this one but go ahead and take it I can just carry the stuff I need.” Hubby thanked him. We laughed together as they compared age and found that he was a couple …

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You’re No Conditional Winner With Christ

    Sometimes I sign up to win stuff. LOL Especially if it’s something that gives a prize that is useful. Like a pickup truck or a vacation. There was one I was looking at that had prizes from our state, so I was especially interested. I clicked the link and then the form to fill out. So far so good. Then I saw that you had to “join” to submit your entry. Okay, it was a good cause for sure. But you also had to pay a membership fee to enter. Okay, the fees go for a great cause …

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Birthrights

  Recently the word Birthright came up in church. It was part of a prophetic message, but the word has stuck with me I think about myself and my parents. My mother’s brothers and sisters all had many of the same features. It was almost uncanny how they favored. My dad had blue eyes like his father and I have blue eyes like him. Now my dad’s father had fiery red hair, but only one out of all the family got that birthright. One redhead in the entire bunch. That’s a little surprising. Oh beloved, you may have a birthright …

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God Doesn’t Hire Professionals

    We watched a movie last night about a youth pastor. He had become famous and been on the road promoting his book on reaching youth for Christ. But in the chaos of travel and the entertainment of it all, the message he originally proclaimed got lost. One of the most telling quotes of the entire movie was this, “IF God wanted to be glorified, He’d hire professionals.” Oh beloved, God speaks to our hearts this morning. He wants to remind us that His original message is enough. People respond to the real Gospel. Why? Because it lightens their …