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Moving Forward Despite Fear

As I am starting a new chapter in my life, moving into my husband’s childhood home, I find myself exhausted, but wanting to put my mark on the place. I’ve always loved gardening, and now I have a new blank canvas to start all over again. Gardening can have many challenges, weeds being one of them. They definitely weren’t invited, but they come regardless, popping up everywhere, all over the yard. I’ve found that as soon as I see the weeds, I pluck them out of the ground and move on. Isn’t this like fear in our life? Once we …

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Motivation

People are motivated by two things: They’re motivated by principle and pleasure, or they are motivated by pain. We create our own jail cells, where bars are made of anger, bitterness, resentment and grudges. What’s the key to all of this? Forgiveness. It’s your choice. Do you want to stay where you are, in misery, or do you want to be free of this state of mind? When we’re hurting it’s only human to want to blame someone else. Quit running away from it. Face the fear. Forgive. Once you forgive you’re given the opportunity to live an amazing life …

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Consistent

  We’re living in a world of inconsistency. There seems to be nothing consistent in our daily life. That is, unless you’re a Christian. I do have days when nothing seems to be going right (broken door knob, leaking pipe in the basement), but I don’t let these distractions lead me into anger or frustration. I turn to God and ask Him for help. Most of the time I don’t even ask why. If you’re consistent in your walk with God, you’ll find a deeper peace. Just as you are consistent in your gardening, you’ll reap the harvest come Fall. …

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He Knows My Name

  As we age, remembering someone’s name, of whom you just met, can be a challenge. Calling someone by their name shows respect, and shows you care and that they are important. When you think of how big our God is, it’s hard to imagine that He knows every person’s name on the planet. But, He does. God is waiting on you. If you believe this, but don’t really know God, take a moment of your day and imagine a God who created the heavens and earth, knows you and knows your name. Talk to God as if He were …

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Count Your Blessings

  It’s hard to be thankful when nothing is going right in your life.  I know that God is faithful.  He’s our guard and protector from the evil things of this world. God’s plans and His timing are always perfect.  I have so many things to be thankful for. I have so many blessings poured out to me every day.  I have a family, a home, a job and friends.  I can serve God without being persecuted, and I can praise God openly and not worry about being shot or ridiculed for my faith. I do thank God each day for my blessings.  Friends, God …

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Anticipation

      Without Christ in your life, there is no future. Without Jesus, what’s there to look forward to? Anticipation is something to look forward to. It’s something you’re anxious to see or experience. There are a lot of people anticipating their next job promotion, their next child, or even their next vacation. Anticipation is a good thing, but it can be a great thing if you have Jesus in your life. I’m excited for my future. Do I know what it holds? No. I know what I want to do; my desires in life. God also knows my …

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Are Your Plans, God’s Plans

        Psalm 127: 1 – “Unless the Lord builds the house, the builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the guards stand watch in vain.”   Have you ever made plans for something and nothing happened? Or, have you desperately wanted your life to go in one direction, and it went down a totally different path? I have, many times. It’s tough when you try to do your best and be good to people, but when things keep getting worse, you’re left to wonder why even try. Looking back on life always brings wisdom. We learn from our mistakes. …

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The Narrow or Broad Road

Have you ever driven a car on a country road, with all the twists and turns around every bend? There are speed limits posted for your safety, because if you were to try and drive that same road at a high speed, the results could be catastrophic. The Bible tells us there are two roads we can travel. The wide or sometimes called broad road, is heavily traveled and crowded. The narrow road, where few travel, leads to eternal life. The wide road represents the people who are going their own way, making their own plans; living destructive lives. The …

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Bow and Arrow

In my late 30’s and 40’s, I was introduced to hunting. I tried various types of guns, but my weapon of choice was a compound bow and arrow. Although a little more challenging, it was fun to practice, trying to hit the bull’s eye. With a bow and arrow, you have to be patient, but purposeful, direct and confident. I’ve given up hunting, and to tell you the truth, the only way I could kill an animal is if I was hungry and needed to eat to survive. I relate the bow and arrow to my Christian walk. In order to …

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Together is Better

I’ve talked about teams before; being connected to people, having the same interests, the same goals. Our current environment has forced us all to alter our lives to a new normal. We have been asked to stay home to prevent the spread of this virus. To some, staying home, getting back to our family, is a wonderful thing. A time to reflect and continue our continuity within our family unit. It’s always been God’s desire for us to be together. In the Bible, it tells us that we need each other. Together is better, but unfortunately there are broken families, lives …

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Missed Blessings

I spent most of my early adult years trying to do life on my own terms. Looking back, I see so many lost blessings; so many gifts from God that I rejected. Oh, I did thank God occasionally for an answered prayer or an unanticipated favor. At best, I had temporal faith. As long as I was getting what I thought I should have, I was grateful. But this is no way to live life. I was trying to be my own god. Not even trying to understand what God was doing, I missed out on blessings He had for me. Until the day I …

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Are You Running From What is Right

  If you’re a Christian, you probably know about the story of Jonah in the Bible. You know, the guy who gets swallowed up by a large fish? Well, you also know that this was no coincidence that this happened. God was trying to get Jonah’s attention. You think He did what He was set out to do? I think so. You see, Jonah knew what was right. He knew where God told him to go, but he ran from it, and you see the trouble he got in by not listening to God. This happens to a lot of …