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What We Deserve

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Ephesians 2:8-9 “For you are saved by grace through faith, and this is not from yourselves; it is God’s gift – not from works, so that no one can boast.” Have you ever been in a store and seen this sign: “You break it – You buy it?” Well, here’s a true story!  My husband and I were in an antiques/flea market/consignment shop just browsing around.  My husband collects railroad memorabilia. So he was attracted to a decorative …

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Crushed But Not Broken

    “The spirit of the sovereign Lord is on me because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. he has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners.” – Isaiah 61:1 “the lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:18 “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your understanding. in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6 We are all at …

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We Can Trust Him When We Break

  Have you broken anything?  I think we break a dish almost every week in our house.    Cars break down; dishes break,  toys break, trees break… everything breaks.   I often wonder if there is a point to things breaking?  I don’t always know why things have to break, but I know that God can use broken things and in fact, sometimes breaking is essential.   Grapes have to be broken to make wine.  Olives have to be crushed to make oil.  Tomatoes have to be crushed to make spaghetti sauce.  You get the point, but did you know …

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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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Reshaping A Marred Vessel

  “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through Him.” John 3: 16   Though I am not familiar with pottery making, after doing research and writing a book titled God is not Finished with Me, I became more aware of how pottery is made, and during past months of my life truly I have experienced some ways a vessel becomes marred. In fact, my life became …

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Panic or Promise?

One of our sons in law got his first turkey yesterday. It’s not turkey season. But that old bird flew out of nowhere and smack into his windshield. It landed with such force that he almost broke through the windshield. Unexpected. Out of nowhere. Boom! Life is like that. We’re traveling along enjoying life. And suddenly, out of nowhere, something hits us with such a force. We want to dodge, we try to avoid, but life happens and shatters right in front of us. No one is immune from the possibility of it. So what do we do when disaster …