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Stories

        Life is a series of short stories. A year ago I was hiking the jungles of Peru. Two weeks before that, I was sitting on a front porch with an elderly gentleman, watching the clouds go by and thankful for my blessings. It’s only been a year, but he’s passed on, and even though I am sad that he’s gone, I feel blessed to have known and cared for such a great man. Today, I sit with a lovely lady. Once a model, today she faces her days with lost memories of the past. But still, …

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Create a Story

          Facebook has a feature called, “create a story,” which allows you to tell a short story, include photos or a video. It’s a short message to capture your attention. I’ve always been intrigued with people in different cultures, and those who have lived a totally different lifestyle than me. After listening to the many stories from the people of Peru, I realized for the first time in my life how blessed I am with material possessions. These people possess more than that, they possess a spiritual awareness. They spoke of how God has brought them …

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Inventory of God’s Faithfulness

I’ve often paused and taken an inventory of my life. And, this leads me into seeing God in every detail. A pastor once reminded me that Christians especially need to reflect on God’s goodness. We need to stop and make a list of all the times God stepped in and helped us through difficult moments. How about you? Have you ever made a list of all the times God has blessed your life? The seasons where life just wasn’t as you had planned, and then something shifted, in your favor. We often remember the bad times, when we didn’t get …

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Memories

      As I hung my wind chimes on my new front porch, I’m reminded of my mom who has gone on before me. This particular wind chime was given to me from one of my dearest friends. She had engraved my mom’s name, her date of birth to death. When I hear the chimes ringing, I’m reminded of the many memories we shared as mother and daughter. Memories are a funny thing. Some things people say will remind you of good or bad memories. Some things you see from older days will remind you of those gone on …

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Family Secrets

        Some families have their traditional holidays.  Some have their own secret family recipes.  This is a good thing.  But, just try and get that secret recipe or secret ingredient that grandma puts in the pumpkin pie and you’ll realize soon that some things should be left alone. There’s no secrets in God’s kingdom.  There’s no mystery in how you can get to Heaven.  God’s plan of salvation is laid out all throughout the Bible. Romans 8:28 – “And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are …

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Renew Your Promises

        I’ve heard of people who renew their wedding vows, years after their wedding day. This is a visible reminder to each other and to others that they are committed, still. We can make promises to our kids, family or friends with good intentions. But, what happens if we break a promise? First of all, a trust is broken. A once intentional vow to another has been shattered, ripped apart. It’s hard to get back the trust from a severed promise, but it’s possible. As a Christian, we don’t have to worry about God giving promises that …

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Such a Simple Act

I found myself mesmerized as I watched my grandkids playing in the sandbox. Their giggles reminded me of something we often forget. Sometimes we don’t realize that we are given a gift each day. It’s called life. If you can’t find anything to smile about, try this. Reach out to someone in need. Make a phone call. Write a letter, or place a potted flower at your neighbor’s doorstep. A simple act of kindness is simple to do. You just have to take the first step. Someone recently helped me, without expecting anything in return. Wow! It made an impression …

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Invading Your Thoughts

What is invading your thoughts? What keeps you up at night? Does worry ravage most of your day? Whatever it is, you’re probably not alone. Growing up, and even now, I never liked to lose. Whether it’s losing my keys, a job promotion. It has never been easy losing a loved one. Losing anything keeps me a little unsettled at times. As I see it, giving into a perilous outlook on life will get you nowhere. So, why not be proactive and capture those mindless, worrisome thoughts and replace them with premeditated reflection of something fun, exciting and memorable. Christ …

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Monuments of Victory

It says in the Bible, “there shall be no other gods before me.” This is referring to those of us who are making our own gods and putting them first in our life. I worship God, the creator of the universe, solely. It’s hard not to put other things before Him. Like family, spouse, church, jobs, travel, etc. But, the ‘stuff’ that keeps my eyes on Christ is reflecting on the seasons of victory. The monumental, notable times in my life is when God stepped in and saved me from myself. These important seasons of my life remind me of …

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Feeling Comforted

    Jeremiah 20:11 – “But the Lord is with me as a dread warrior; therefore my persecutors will stumble; they will not overcome me. They will be greatly shamed, for they will not succeed. Their eternal dishonor will never be forgotten. After reading this verse early this morning, I am reminded that I’m not alone in my battles, especially in this challenging year of 2020. Mixed in with the news reports and social media reminders, I can trust that God is my mighty warrior. Satan may try to add to the calamity of today, but God will cause the demons to stumble. They …

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God is Faithful, Even When I’m Not

Faith is believing in something, even when the evidence is unclear. As a new Christian, I was on fire for God. I visited the elderly, volunteered at church, etc. I did all the right ‘churchy’ things I thought I should be doing. No one really told me what to expect, what’s next. They didn’t really say that this new life requires work on my part. But more than anything, no one told me that I needed to develop my relationship with God. I can’t blame anyone. They just assumed I was seeking God. If I could give one bit of …

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The Briar Patch

Living in a small town in the foothills of Appalachia brought me many wonderful memories. Even though the little town of Kermit, WV was considered a city, to me it was a country paradise. From climbing trees to walking to the top of man’s face rock, this was where I found joy, peace and an unmitigated sense of family.My niece and I were often found high in the mulberry tree, which was our ‘girls only’ fort, or on the hill behind the house, exploring the bugs and animals that roamed about. On one particular day, we decided that it would …