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Taking Flight

  If you’ve lived long enough, you come to understand that you have one life. But as a Christian, you know and believe that God promises another life that never ends. That’s my hope. But even as I write this, it pains me to think of leaving my family, especially those who don’t know God. Just because I have a plane waiting doesn’t mean I’m in a hurry to leave. Make your life matter. Leave a legacy of love and service. Hebrews 6:10 – “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown …

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Wisdom

      One can be intelligent but unwise. You can ace a test but unable to decide between right and wrong. Wisdom is one characteristic trait that no one can take from you. Once you have it, treasure it and thank God for it. Wisdom is the most valuable gift we could ever receive because it teaches us how to live a fruitful, honorable, and Christ-like life! Proverbs 4:7 – “The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding.”   Dianne Petrey

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Spiritual Exercise

    Most of my adult life, I have been dedicated to physical exercise of some sort. Once I started in my early 30’s, I soon noticed how much better I felt when I did it regularly. But, more important than this is spiritual exercise. Engaging the mind in heavenly things is what I need to work on. Without a regular dose of spiritual exercise it could leave one’s life with a void and without meaning. Commit to exercising your spiritual muscles. Read the Bible. Talk to God, daily. Step out in faith in all areas of life. Once you …

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Giver or Lender

Are you a happy giver? God wants us to give with a pure heart. He tells us in Proverbs to be a giver, not a lender. Give, not expecting anything in return and God will heap eternal rewards for you in heaven. The experience of giving to those in need has been my most treasured reward. There’s nothing like it. Reach out to someone in need today. Pay it forward and don’t look back. Proverbs 19:17 – “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will reward them for what they have done.” Dianne Petrey

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The Mountain Top

      In the early times in the Bible, the significance of a mountain was great. It’s where the temple was built. It’s where Christ hung on the cross. But in real time scenarios, it’s the greatest blessings of God. We’ve all been there. Weddings, births, etc. The valleys also remind us of God’s great power. His deliverance from these experiences are the greatest gifts in life. Thank God for carrying me through the valleys and meeting me on the mountaintops. Psalms 90:2 – “Before the mountains were born or you brought forth the whole world, from everlasting to …

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When NO is the Answer

As a parent, often it pained me to say “no.” When we ask God for something and He says “no,” how do we react? Do we get angry or curse God? Looking back on my life, I’ve seen times where God clearly said no. Sometimes I couldn’t understand why. Even though we may feel rejected or punished by God, He always knows what’s best, and may be purposely guiding us in a different direction. Accept the unanswered prayer, or the unresolved questions in life, and know that God’s got something better for you. Isaiah 46:11 – “From the east I …

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A New Day

        Do some days feel like deja vu? Some call it ‘groundhog day,’ where life is a perpetual circle. You wake up and go through the same routines as yesterday. You have a choice in this matter. You can follow God and expect great things or you can follow your own way and be stuck in a rut. This is the day that the Lord has made. Be glad and rejoice in it. 2 Corinthians 4:16 – “Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by …

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All That Is Left

          Recalling the past and remembering the good times bring comfort. Memories are precious and often the only thing left to hold onto. Sometimes you’ll never know the value of a moment until it becomes a memory. Don’t forget why we’re here. Remember the sacrifice Jesus made so that we could have life. When life comes near the end and we reflect on our past, all that is left is memories of our story. Luke 2:19 – “But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.”   Dianne Petrey

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Patience Is A Virture?

        Have you ever waited on something to happen or someone to make a move, but neither happened? How long did you wait? While you were waiting, what did you do? So many think that God’s not listening. That He doesn’t care that you’re suffering, worrying. If you think this, then you don’t know God. He’s a God of miracles, of last minute breakthroughs. Persevere through the hard times but keep this in mind. God sees you and is with you. It’s up to you to acknowledge this truth. Proverbs 15:18 – “A hot-tempered person stirs up …

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Straight Ahead

    As I listened to my GPS guide me toward home, reminding me to keep straight for the next 300 miles, I thought of the life I’ve lived so far. After becoming a Christian as a teenager, I thought my life would be perfect with no more problems or trials ahead. As it turned out, there were many detours, delays, wrong turns and reboots. Thank God He never left me. I look forward to my future, thankful for my past and what it taught me. With God anything and everything is possible. Without Him, life will be full of …

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The Mind

      Take note of what occupies your mind. It will consume you. Whatever takes you away from God, rules your thoughts and actions. The greatest battle going on in every man is the one in the heart. God will lead you, only if you let Him. Hebrews 10:23 – “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.” Dianne Petrey

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Guidance

          When an instruction is conveyed to a toddler, most of the time, the child complies. Other instances, rebellion takes root. Over time the child learns to comply. But what about Christians? They too must learn to walk again. A whole new life. The rebellion is still there, but God is there to help. Trust God’s plans for your life journey. Yes, you’ll stumble, make the wrong choices at times, but with God’s guidance you’ll never fall down. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 – “Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will …