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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 …

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Grow Through What You Go Through

  No one thinks to themself, ‘I’d like to go through a trial today.’ Yet we face trials daily. I’ve been through many trials in my life and can look back and see how much it changed me. Now, I’m the first to admit I don’t like struggles, but they have taught me many lessons. Lean into the season, know that God’s there too, and become a better you on the other side. Psalms 44:22 – “Yet for your sake we face death all day long; we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.” Dianne Petrey

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Where Does My Strength Come From?

Some days I wonder. Humility is looking back on my life and realizing God was there all along. God is closer than your next breath. God knows the sound of my cry and has always been there to pick me up when I fall. When I am weak, He is strong. There’s security in knowing the one true God. Psalms 57:1 – “Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.” Dianne Petrey

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Everything For Good

    It’s hard for me to understand God’s plan for me; what the blueprint of my future looks like. When bad things happen, unfortunately I start to worry. But when hope kicks in, my faith arises, God shines through. God didn’t promise me an easy life, but He does promise a hopeful future. Everything works out for my good. I know that now. God is good and His plans are good. Romans 8:28 – “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” …

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What Are We Holding Onto

We work, we save, we retire, then what? Some of us hold onto money like it’s going to save us in the end. Jesus taught to give to the poor, the needy. Are we doing that? We will all leave this world as we came in; with nothing. No money, no clothes, cars, etc. Only one thing survives in this world. Our souls. Give your life to Jesus; hold onto Him and His promises. 1 Timothy 6:10 – “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the …

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Cornerstone

  Unmoved by anything. This is my God. As a Christian, we should model this. No matter what life throws at us, we need to carry on. God, who has always been, is our Creator, our rock, our foundation for life. The cornerstone is laid first at the head corner and governs every other corner and every angle in the entire building and thus determines the place every other stone is to be laid. What is your foundation made of? Psalm 18:31 – “For who is God besides the Lord? And who is the Rock except our God?” Dianne Petrey

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Stumble

Just as a child learns to walk, Christians shuffle around at times as if they’re on shaky ground. And as a mother is there just in time to catch her toddler in a fall, God is near when we lose our balance. Trust in God. Always. If you’re a Christian, God is directing your steps so you can fulfill the plan He has for you. He can show you the right choices and lead you down the best path. He will show you which step to take to keep you going the right way. Don’t waver on the journey. God’s …