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Are We Hopeful?

As a Christian, our world is transparent, in that people are watching us. They are wondering, “how are they handling this crisis? How are they coping in these uncertain times?” I’ll be the first to admit, this has not been my favorite year so far. But, I’ve not lost hope. How can that be, you might ask? It’s because I know there’s a God that loves me, and cares for my well-being. God has brought me through some dreadful and scary storms and I’ve come out on the other side, stronger in my faith, and more aware of the awesome …

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Fast Forward?

Have you ever met someone that likes to read the ending of a book, before they start to read the story? Or, some that likes to fast forward a movie and skip all the boring parts? Well, what if we could fast forward our lives? What if we could skip to 2021 and miss out on all this chaos we’re living in now? Did you know that it says in the Bible that we (Christians) are to welcome trials? That sounds crazy, right? Why would we want to be grateful for the birth of this pandemic? Christians know their future. …

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Backup Plan

    I think you’ll agree that our world has taken on a whole new landscape this year. Our visions and plans of 2020 have been disrupted at the very least. As 2020 arrived, most were planning a new year with great expectations. And then, Covid19 hit the world, and life as we knew it changed. So, some are thinking, “what’s the backup plan?” Well, in a pandemic of this sort, there is no immediate backup plan. There’s no one suggesting, “well, let’s just do this or that.” They’re telling us that this is the new normal. There is no …

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Inch by Inch

As a Christian, I try to live my life by God’s standards. Some days, it’s not easy. When things don’t go well, I want to ask God, “why me?” This is a natural human instinct in all of us. But, I’ve learned to be cognizant of when things are going well, and thanking God for my blessings. Satan has a way of kicking you in the back, out of nowhere. Last week I felt blessed to be able to spend some precious time with my grandson. This week, satan’s on the attack again. At first I was angry and thought, …

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Almost Out of Data

  I know I need to get with the times, but am I the only one that gets the dreaded text from my phone company, warning me that I’m almost out of data? I usually just quit using my data, but then am limited in what I can do with the phone. There is one thing that never runs dry, never runs out, and that’s God’s love for us. When I think I’ve done some things I shouldn’t, or neglect something I should be doing, God doesn’t say, “you shouldn’t have done that, now you’ll be punished.” No, He does …

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If satan was a lion

Have you ever been chased by a mountain lion? Well, most people would answer, ‘no.’ It would be a scary thing to be chased by an animal like a lion. But, think about this fact: It says in the Bible that satan goes here and there, patrolling mankind, looking for someone to devour. Satan is always waiting and ready to pounce on available prey. The prey, being you and me. Yes, he even chases Christians. Even more so, because the devil’s not interested in non-Christians. They’re already under satan’s rule. Satan is manipulative and sneaky. He will come out of …

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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 …