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Fear Not

I panicked. I was probably 5 years old. I had spent the afternoon with teenager sisters who lived right down the lane from my aunt and uncle. It was growing dark and so I needed to get back to the aunt and uncle’s house. The girls decided it would be fun to scare me. So they told me a ferocious boogeyman was between their house and my destination. As I began walking down that lane with woods on both sides of me I knew I could hear something. I picked up my pace and began to run as fast as …

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Dreams and the Last Days

Every time I fell asleep last night I dreamed. So you can imagine by that statement that I was awake a lot as well. Every time I woke up I would remind myself that drinking specialty coffee drinks is a great eye opener! I don’t really remember the dreams, so I know they don’t have a spiritual connection. But night before last I dreamed that I had a baby in a buggy in the grocery story. We were headed to the toys on the wall in a corner of the store. While I was talking and looking around, someone took …

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Courage Resilience and Transformation

So one of our daughters recently had a birthday. One of her gifts was a sewing machine. She’s never sewn so we went together to get a pattern and material. There were extra items needed as well, including straight pens and elastic. It amazed me that there was not a single bit of elastic to be found. Until I remembered that many people have been making masks at home. When will we be able to buy elastic for everyday use again? For now it’s find it in your own storehouse of stuff or go without. Oh beloved, God speaks to …

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Play Fair and Accept When You Are Wrong

While playing cards and dominoes with a daughter and grandson, I found myself wanting to help the grandson win. He missed a turn on the dominoes game that would have given him big points. I was more than willing for him to take back the one domino and replace it with another. However, his mom said he had already had his turn. Of course she was right. I don’t like them getting in trouble either and I’ll do whatever I can to avoid that. Fortunately these parents are teaching their kids the same way we taught ours – play fair …

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Put Off Desperation Put On Praise

As I sit here this morning I look at my desktop wallpaper. I am reminded that it is a photo of what I would like to have. A screen porch with comfy chairs looking out onto a wooded back yard. It’s an idyllic setting to me. It’s not my screen porch but it’s certainly my dream porch. Oh beloved, what are you waking up to this morning? Unrest and insecurity? Looking for your idyllic setting? Wishing you were elsewhere? Wishing things were different? Wondering what happened to your peace in your own place of beauty? God speaks this morning to …

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God’s Calling His Church

Well they have pea graveled the main highway between our house and town. I know it’s called chip and seal now, but it’s still a very difficult road to be on. Unfortunately we will be going on different roads to avoid the mess for a while. Fortunately we have a different road available. Oh beloved, God speaks to our hearts. There are going to be times when the road you have traveled forever will need to be avoided. This season is one of those times. God is calling us to take a different route. He isn’t messing up our lives. …

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He is Your Shelter in Place

      Numbers 35: 13 And the cities that you give shall be your six cities of refuge (ESV) 1 Timothy 2: 3-4 This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. (ESV) I just finished reading through the book of Numbers and all I can say is “Wow”.  This book has provided so much revelation regarding what we are experiencing as world right now. If you think about the times we are living in, we are literally …

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His Rock, Your Wave

    THE ROCK, His work is perfect; ALL HIS ways are entirely just. A faithful God, without prejudice, HE is righteous and true. (Deuteronomy 32: 4) Have you ever really examined a rock? I mean really examined it? Or even better, have you ever wondered why a rock is named a rock? Well, let us take a moment to get out of what we are thinking right now and shift to this topic for a few minutes. A rock is a solid mass that is formed by three different mechanisms but the running theme is that it is SOLID. …

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Be Stirred Not Shaken

      “Not to be quickly shaken in mind or alarmed, either by a spirit or a spoken word..” 2 Thessalonians 2: 2-3 (ESV) All I can say is that it has been an interesting few weeks. I think we all can agree that life as we know it will NEVER be the same. It can rattle the mind and distress our spirit if we are not careful and over the last few days as I watched the news, read social media posts and studied the statistics regarding the rate at which this virus is increasing, I thought to …

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A Pregnant Pause

Have you been wondering lately what God is trying to convey to you in this season we are all in or is it just me? I had a recent conversation with a group of friends that I pray with every Thursday evening and I mentioned that I felt like I was on pause and needed prayer in order to learn the lesson that I need to learn to graduate to the next level that God is taking me to. Although there is so much happening all around us and its literally hard to keep track of what is the latest …

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Courage in the Crisis

“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1: 9 (ESV) “One man of you puts to flight a thousand, since it is the Lord your God who fights for you, just as He promised you.” Joshua 23: 10 (ESV) “And now I am about to go the way of all the earth, and you know in your hearts and souls, all of you, that not one word has failed you. All have come to pass for you; …

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I Pray

Pray Continually. (1 Thessalonians 5:17) Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. (James 5:16) My mom sent my husband and I two t-shirts last summer that read: “I PRAY“. I was not aware of its significance then, but wow have things changed since last summer. This t-shirt with just two simple words are so meaningful now and I am not sure if she knew what God was going to do through me but the words on this t-shirt have …