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Learning To Love

  The word ‘love’ has been defined in so many ways. There is ‘first love,’ ‘puppy love,’ ‘true love,’ etc. The list goes on and on. Human love wears out, but God’s love lasts forever. For those of you who are married, or were married, know that love at first looks different from love 5 years later. Most couples will start arguing on their honeymoon night. This is actually the norm. Think about it; two people, possible complete opposite personalities, all of a sudden, living together and making decisions daily. Disagreement is normal. It’s ok to disagree. Love is a …

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When the Wind Is In Your Face

When the wind is in your face, keep your head down and keep pedaling. My husband introduced me to cycling 12 years ago. I was hooked from the beginning. I love cycling outside, but am definitely a fair weather rider. There have been times while riding on a windy day, that I have had to just dig in and put my head down and pedal with everything I had. As I was thinking about this, it reminds me of times in my Christian walk, when nothing seemed to be going right and satan’s attacks were evident. During these times, I tell myself, …

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Are You Going to Follow Jesus

Are you going to follow Jesus, or are you going to ask Jesus to follow you? I heard the above statement from a pastor. The summary of his message is this: It’s ok to make plans for the future. It’s not ok to tell God what you’re going to do, and ask Him to bless it. So many of us get a mindset to do something without ever asking if it’s God’s will. I set out on a journey last year to find a job where I could work from home. I asked God, each time I applied for a job, to …

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Choices May Affect Your Destiny

Choices may affect your destiny. Thank God we have a freedom of choice. Otherwise, we would be programmed like a robot. We make thousands of choices each day. You made a few before ever getting out of bed this morning. You could have slept in for the past week, and not go to work, which would probably lead to getting fired from your job. So, we can either make bad choices, and ultimately be miserable and angry, or we can make good choices and be glad we did. There’s one choice in life that determines your destiny. Who are you …

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What’s the Hurry?

What’s the hurry? God created the heavens and the earth. The Bible tells us that the earth will pass away some day, but it also tells us that on Jesus’ return, He will bring a new heaven and a new earth. Isaiah 34: 4 – “All the stars in the sky will be dissolved and the heavens rolled up like a scroll; all the starry host will fall like withered leaves from the vine, like shriveled figs from the fig tree.”  When will this happen? No one knows. Only God knows the date and time of this future event. There’s only one …

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Resilience is a Matter of God-Sufficiency

Resilience is a matter of God-sufficiency. Resilience is defined as, “the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties.” You can go through seasons where everything seems to be difficult; everything you touch, crumbles. You have two choices when this happens. You can either lie down and take it, or you can fight back. How you fight back is the difference. A lot of people rely on their own self-sufficiency to get through problems. They see a problem and instead of praying about it and giving it to God, they wallow in self-pity, stress out and are crippled with depression. How about instead of …

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Satan’s Tool

 Satan’s tool is not an active sinner, but an inactive saint. Satan has a lot of tools he uses to entice, deviate or persuade us into doing things against God. He’s on the lookout, not for the guy who is deep in sin, but the guy who claims to be a Christian, but neglects becoming a part of the Christian life. You see, the devil already is in the mind of the thief, the murderer, the liar. He doesn’t have to work too hard to lure these people. But, satan’s favorite prey is the person who is good and moral, attends …

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In God’s Eyes

We see it all the time, especially in these times. People raising other people up, maybe because of their status in the company, maybe because they have more money, etc. Whatever the case may be, know this. God loves you and accepts you as you are. I was recently upgraded on a flight I took, and not because I paid more to get the upgrade. Some call it luck, others, like me, call it God’s grace. As I was sitting in the first class area of the plane, I made an observation that concerned me. The stewardess came by to …

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Contentment in Circumstances

Some may perceive contentment as a lack of ambition. Contentment in God shows the world that no matter what comes your way, you are at peace. It’s a peace that if you don’t know God, you can’t understand. Philippians 4: 12 – “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” If you’re not there now, you can learn how to get there. God promises to …

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A Settled Confidence

Jeremiah 29: 11 tells us of His plans for us. He wants His children to prosper and not fail. Do you believe this to be true? Do you trust God’s plan for your life? Do you have a settled confidence in that God wants only the best for you? What do you do when life doesn’t go as planned? How do you handle a sudden change in plans? Do you panic or fall apart? What does this message say to God? As I look back on my 20’s and 30’s, I see a woman struggling to find her way. Yes, …

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Temptation

Where are you most tempted? Proverbs 14: 16 – “The wise fear the Lord and shun evil, but a fool is hotheaded and yet feels secure.” Temptation is the desire to do something, especially something wrong or unwise. Temptation comes in all different forms and not everyone is tempted from the same things. For example, if you put a piece of dark chocolate in front of me, I will be tempted to eat it, but if instead it was a plate of french fries, I could probably turn it away. Most times when temptation comes, we think we can argue …