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Narrow Gate Of A New Year

It’s a new year. The other night as I was contemplating this new year I heard the words “narrow gate of a new year”. And I like that idea. The Narrow Gate in Scripture referred to Jesus as being the Only Way to salvation. But this morning the Lord refers to this new year as a narrow gate as well. It’s time to drop anything that held you back in 2021. Oh beloved, what held you back last year? What kept you from moving on in your life? What stopped you from fulfilling God’s purpose for your life? What caused …

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When Jesus Comes To Get Us

Remember when we were kids and our generation had phrases we used a lot? Right on. Groovy. Far out. Peace. Those were the best phrases! Lol I think every group of people who have had such phrases believed in them at the time. For months I have been hearing a phrase over and over again “When Jesus comes to get us”. And you know what? It’s time to believe in that phrase for our season as believers. Oh beloved, when Jesus comes to get you and me… The Lord wants us to live by that phrase. He wants us to …

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Impossible Mission? Not With the Lord

Impossible mission movies are some of our favorites. I admit there are moments in those movies where I can’t look. But the idea of an underdog hero jumping buildings, escaping bombs and rescuing people, while completing the impossible mission is very appealing to me. Oh beloved, you don’t have to watch impossible mission movies. But you do have to live through times that are literally impossible missions. And you do get to pray for friends and loved ones who are on their own impossible missions. What about your life can go from impossible to completing the scenario in victory? How …

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Walk Out Into The New Year

On New Year’s Day morning I walked out to my car barefoot. In December. Unbelievable and yet that’s just what I did. Oh beloved, maybe you didn’t walk out to your car barefoot. But you are walking into this New Year without hesitation. Your feet are shod with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace. You don’t have to stop and make preparation. Even though thorns and stones are out there, you are fully covered by Christ. It’s time that God’s people walk like God’s people. Peace is your birthright. Even though you may have much you feel you should …

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Guarded By God’s Word

As the helicopter flew over our area and around our house last week, I was thankful. Thankful that a friend had sent me a post from our sheriff about a manhunt. And thankful that our home has lots of light and good locks. We went to bed knowing we had two deputies behind us as neighbors. Oh beloved, we don’t always know what danger lurks around us. But we know that God is with us. We are guarded by His Word and His heavenly host. Bad things can happen. But God is bigger than the things that come against us. …

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Are You Dressed Right?

So far this year I have worn winter clothing one day and summer clothes the next. And as I type this we have had hot weather and storms after freezing temps yesterday morning. Can it get any whackier? Don’t answer that. Lol Oh beloved, this world and the system opposed to God is getting whackier and whackier. Seriously we don’t know how to dress for the occasion. Except you can put on the whole armor of God. You can wrap yourself up in God’s love. He promises to hide His own in the shelter until the danger passes by. Most …

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Puzzle Pieces

Pieces of a puzzle lay on a table in my home. Some day it will be completed. I occasionally walk by and find a piece that fits and connect it. Life is like a puzzle at times. There can be many areas that are disorganized or lost. I look back on my life and can see where everything seemed to be off kilter. I was often frustrated and even wondered what was my purpose. I was running from God. I didn’t realize it then, but I was trying to figure out my next steps on my own. God was arranging …

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Backfire

There are times in our life when the thought-through plans can backfire on us. We get discouraged and ask God, “why me?” Don’t fret. God’s already got something better in mind. Let God revive your spirit of doubt into an overwhelming resolve of hope. Psalm 21:11 -”Though they plot evil against you and devise wicked schemes, they cannot succeed.” Dianne Petrey

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Pruning

  Pruning trees and plants is a necessary part of a gardener’s thriving garden. Without it, their growth would be altered, or worse, stunted. God prunes me often. Sometimes it hurts and often I question, “why?” It’s not long when I see God’s reasoning, and I’m all the more confident that I serve a great God. John 15:1-2 – “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” Dianne Petrey

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Contentment

Covetousness is very subtle. Can you honestly say you are satisfied and content with everything around you? Being content is a learned attitude. I’ve never met a toddler who is content all day long. Jesus tells us to not worry about what we eat, where we live or if we’ll have enough (paraphrased). I’ll admit. It’s hard being content in this world we live in. We all yearn for change in our surroundings and in other people. I’ll keep resting in God’s promises while remembering His blessings. Ecclesiastes 5:10 – “Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is …

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The Alternative

Have you ever been so physically or mentally exhausted you didn’t think you could go another minute? You come to a cross road in life when you are forced to make hard choices. Some decisions are life altering, while some get you to the next step in your journey. What about you? Will you continue doing what you’re doing because you are afraid of the alternative? Step out in faith and God will do the rest. Proverbs 16:9 – “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Dianne Petrey

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What Role Are You Playing

Someone once said “there are no small roles, just small actors.’” Every role in a play or movie has a part to play. That production comes together only if everyone plays their part. In my Christian walk, I have played many roles. Some better than others, but all God-driven. God puts each of us right where we need to be. Accept who God made you to be and follow His lead. 1 Corinthians 15:58 – “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know …