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Blessed Is The Nation

      “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…” Psalm 33:12 Regardless of the yardstick you use to define what blessed means, our nation (and the life we enjoy here) still measures up. Our democratic republic was an experimental idea that invoked smirks from some, disdain from others, and hope to many more. And almost 250 years later, it’s still working. We are blessed. Recent world events are a reminder of just how great those blessings are. Each day, as we see heartbreaking stories of military aggression, bombings, callous disregard for human life, and displaced families fleeing …

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What’s That Rolling Thunder?

Just before full daylight a couple of weeks ago, the thunder we had experienced most of the night changed. It rolled and rolled and rolled. I stopped what I was doing so I could listen more intently. For a moment I thought it might be a tornado, it was that long and loud of a rumble. Later I got a text from a daughter who wondered the same thing. Last night I read that a prayer warrior I know had passed away yesterday and I couldn’t help but wonder if the heavenlies roared as she went home to be with …

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Blessings In Motion

Waking up this morning to central heat is wonderful. We have a fireplace and we can use it. But modern conveniences are such a gift. Oh beloved it’s so cold outside. But we have much to be thankful for. From the heat in our homes to the cars in our driveways we are blessed. But we don’t take anything for granted do we? We wake up thankful! Thankful for God’s gifts to us. Thankful for the ability to use those gifts. Thankful even for the opportunities to work so that we can give to the Lord, pay our bills and …

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Broken Heart?

Funny but this morning I remember a time when one of my favorite vases was broken by one of my children. I was heart broken. Now I can say that I wish that was the most heart breaking thing I’ve ever endured. But we all know about broken hearts. Each of us has our own endurance and have overcome much. Your broken heart and mine might look different but broken is broken. Oh beloved, you would love to be able to just pick up the pieces and put your broken heart back together again. But God wants you to know …

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Not Just A Name Change!

Danny’s mom loved and listened to what was then called Country and Western music all the time. One of her favorites was Freddy Fender. Now Freddy wasn’t his real name. He was actually born Baldemar Garza Huerta but changed his name legally in 1958. He thought he could sell records better with a simpler name. Those years and that style of music are pretty much gone now. But changing names in music and acting are still going on. Why would anybody want to change who they are? Oh beloved, this is the amazing thing of faith. Jesus comes and saves …

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Profusely Blooming

  I’ve noticed that God speaks to me a lot on porches. Anyway… Yesterday I was standing on our front porch admiring the irises blooming. And they have more blooms this year than I’ve ever seen. Then The Lord reminded me that last year all that dirt was excavated so we could replace the retaining wall. I thought back then that all my bills were goners for sure. Oh beloved, you and I are so blessed. Just like those bulbs in their places were heaved up and turned under- we too go through upheavals in life. We think we will …

No More Fog

Some friends took a trip to the mountains recently. January in Arkansas can be interesting weather to say the least. It was mid-week and winter and amazingly they were the only guests at their destination. The scenery there is absolutely breathtaking, along with the wildlife which is always on for show. The only problem was the fog. It was so foggy they could not see anything, not even out their hotel room’s window. Without the visual perceptions, they just had no idea how very beautiful the area really was. They were fogged in. Oh beloved, life can get foggy can’t …