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Do Your Valleys Outnumber Your Peaks

2020 may have seemed like the longest, darkest valley in your life, but there was always hope to those who trust in God. I’ve literally hiked to the top of a 14,000 foot mountain, and I can tell you that it was one of the most alive feelings I’ve ever experienced. And there’s also been emotional and spiritual moments of greatness where I wanted to leave this earth and go straight to heaven. The peaks in life are blessings and the favor of God. I imagine Heaven might be like that. Everlasting peaks! I’ve had my share of valleys too. …

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Circumstantial Joy

  Are you waiting for things to change before you’ll be happy again? You could be waiting a long time, my friend. If you are a Christian, joy is an emotion as a result of the Holy Spirit that lives within you. This Spirit produces this ongoing positive and hopeful emotion, as we turn our heart and mind to Christ. Even when our world is engulfed in violence and hate, the Holy Spirit can give you peace. This comes from knowing your faith is not in what’s going on around you, it’s your trust that God loves you and will …

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Changing Our Position will Change Our Prespective

Life happens. Circumstances change, people move on and we’re left to pick up the pieces and move forward. Change is inevitable. Without it, there would be no purpose. But, when the outlook appears dim and tragedy strikes, you have two choices. Wallow in self-pity or change your position. Our perspective is based on our decisions and how we live our lives, based on how we see things. Seeing life through God’s eyes will reveal purpose and hope, even when life hasn’t turned out like you hoped. Life is like a river, running from left to right, sometimes rough waters emerge …

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Does God Believe in You

Has anyone ever asked you, “do you believe in God?” If you answered yes, and followed through with it, you’re a Christian. But, have you ever asked yourself, “does God believe in me?” And, what does that really mean, anyway? God created humanity and every living thing on earth. Those of us who believe this know that we serve an amazing, omnipotent God. He’s everywhere, all the time. He existed before time itself and yet, we rarely ask ourselves, “does God believe in me?” Does He believe me when i say I love Him and want my life to change? …

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Confidence in Christ Not Our Flesh

  You know that feeling of self-confidence, when you’re being challenged to do something that you’re well experienced at? What about being confident in someone or something else? I can be confident in someone who makes a promise to me, until that promise is broken. Or, I can be hopeful that my car will start when I turn the key, but what if it doesn’t? I’ve found that there’s only one thing that I can be 100% confident of, and that’s in God Himself, and His promises. God has not only been there when I needed Him but He’s going …

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Give Hope

Did you know that you can’t give something away that you don’t already possess. This is also true with hope. Encouraging others is a gift from God that I inspire others to achieve. “A Christian’s hope isn’t an escape or wishful thinking, as C.S. Lewis says, but something that a Christian is meant to do.” Can you have hope, but not faith? In God you can’t. Faith to a Christian is believing that God does what He says He will do. Hope is the forethought of that faith. I can hope that someone in my family will be saved, but …

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Stalled

I wrote a post once about me being stuck on a railroad track, while my truck stalled and wouldn’t move forward. A train was approaching and I was scared. I finally managed to put it into gear and escape a horrible accident. God was in that moment, just as He is in every day of my life. He was trying to get my attention. I gave my life to Christ as a teenager and even then, rebelled and tried to live life on my own. None of us know the mind of God, but I can imagine that it’s hard …

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Encounters

If you have God in your life you’ll be able to see that God is in every part of your life. He meets His people in many ways. Through our victories, trials, His Word (the Bible), other people and through our circumstances. Through my struggles and heartaches I can look back and see God in the thick of it. There were times when I brushed it off as good fortune or luck, but I can’t dismiss or neglect to thank God every day for bringing me to where I am today. Many let the circumstances of their lives define who …

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Plans

For many, the year of 2020 halted plans. Vacations were cancelled. Future moves and careers were put on hold. Our lives transitioned into something none of us had ever experienced. Was this God’s plan? Are you blaming God for the pandemic that touched every part of our world? Did He get your attention? I can’t speak for God, but I do know that He has plans for me and you. Life is a journey, not a marathon. We must persevere through the difficult times. But we must recognize that we can’t do this on our own. What about you? Is …

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Left Alone

My mom was widowed three times. I have a sister and a friend who both lost their husbands. I can’t even imagine how this feels. Dear friends, when you pray tonight, pray for the widows and widowers. It says in the Bible that we are to be a ‘defender of widows.’ (Psalms 68:5). Husbands hug your wives tonight. Wives, treasure the days you have with your husband. Pray for those left alone, that God’s presence is their comfort and His voice is heard in the still of the night. None of us know what the day will bring or if …

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Payback

Have you ever been hurt by someone? Not necessarily physically, but emotionally. Was the pain so great that you thought you’d never be able to forgive that person? I’ve been there, more times than I care to admit. I let it consume me, almost defeat me. Being on the other side of that now, I can look back and see there were times when I used a lot of energy trying to fix things on my own. I wanted revenge. I wanted the other person to suffer because of my suffering. This went on for years until one day I …

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He’s In The Ordinary

There are millions of people today facing depression and loneliness. These are trying times. Days of isolation for many can be devastating. But, there is hope. Better days are coming. No, I can’t predict the future, but I can tell you of someone that can help you. God has been here from the beginning of time. He created every living thing. And God will be here in the end. I didn’t always know this, and even when I became a Christian, I didn’t always believe it. But the more I pursued God and the deeper our relationship became, I realized …