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Puzzle Pieces

Pieces of a puzzle lay on a table in my home. Some day it will be completed. I occasionally walk by and find a piece that fits and connect it. Life is like a puzzle at times. There can be many areas that are disorganized or lost. I look back on my life and can see where everything seemed to be off kilter. I was often frustrated and even wondered what was my purpose. I was running from God. I didn’t realize it then, but I was trying to figure out my next steps on my own. God was arranging …

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Backfire

There are times in our life when the thought-through plans can backfire on us. We get discouraged and ask God, “why me?” Don’t fret. God’s already got something better in mind. Let God revive your spirit of doubt into an overwhelming resolve of hope. Psalm 21:11 -”Though they plot evil against you and devise wicked schemes, they cannot succeed.” Dianne Petrey

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Pruning

  Pruning trees and plants is a necessary part of a gardener’s thriving garden. Without it, their growth would be altered, or worse, stunted. God prunes me often. Sometimes it hurts and often I question, “why?” It’s not long when I see God’s reasoning, and I’m all the more confident that I serve a great God. John 15:1-2 – “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener. He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful.” Dianne Petrey

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Contentment

Covetousness is very subtle. Can you honestly say you are satisfied and content with everything around you? Being content is a learned attitude. I’ve never met a toddler who is content all day long. Jesus tells us to not worry about what we eat, where we live or if we’ll have enough (paraphrased). I’ll admit. It’s hard being content in this world we live in. We all yearn for change in our surroundings and in other people. I’ll keep resting in God’s promises while remembering His blessings. Ecclesiastes 5:10 – “Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is …

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The Alternative

Have you ever been so physically or mentally exhausted you didn’t think you could go another minute? You come to a cross road in life when you are forced to make hard choices. Some decisions are life altering, while some get you to the next step in your journey. What about you? Will you continue doing what you’re doing because you are afraid of the alternative? Step out in faith and God will do the rest. Proverbs 16:9 – “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.” Dianne Petrey

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What Role Are You Playing

Someone once said “there are no small roles, just small actors.’” Every role in a play or movie has a part to play. That production comes together only if everyone plays their part. In my Christian walk, I have played many roles. Some better than others, but all God-driven. God puts each of us right where we need to be. Accept who God made you to be and follow His lead. 1 Corinthians 15:58 – “Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know …

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He Gives Us Everything We Need

    God’s Word (the Bible) is a gift from God to His followers. Without it, we would be walking around in the dark, trying to figure out how to please God. The Bible is our guidebook to life. Do you understand what ‘forgiveness of sins’ is? God is the only one that has the power and authority to forgive you for every sin you committed, and He does this through His son, Jesus. We should be thankful that God gives us everything we need to survive this life, but more importantly, He gives us the tools we need to …

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Judge Not

    There will always be a right way to mend a wrong. Since Adam and Eve, sin has been a part of our existence. No one can escape sin, we’re all born into it. Most sin is invisible. You may get away with telling a lie or coveting something you don’t have, but all sin is punishable. Sin is a debt and it must be paid back. That’s why we have judges and juries. Judges are appointed to courts to be the ultimate decision maker. You can’t deny that you have judged others. In your mind you may think …

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He’s After Our Heart

I remember a time before I was saved when I thought, “why would I want to give my life to Jesus and have to follow all His rules? It’s a thinking most people (especially the younger generation) probably contemplate. But following Jesus is not viewed as following rules as an undertaking. First, Christ is after our heart. Since He knows all things, He not only knows your hearts, but your desires and fears. When we come to Christ with everything we have and surrender it to Him, something happens. We start desiring different things. We want to serve Him and …

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Abundant Blessings

Did you know that God loves blessing His people. If you’re a parent, you know the feeling of giving your kids things and the joy it brings. Or a friend that loves giving to others. Imagine this on a greater scale as God blesses His children, even when they don’t deserve it. But these blessings come with a price. That price has already been paid by Christ, for all of our past and future sins. God sent His only Son to come to earth and die for each one of us. Grace is a gift we don’t deserve, while mercy …

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He’s In Our Boat

There are so many different types of boats. Fishing boats, speed boats, canoes, cruise liners, the list goes on. Boats are centuries old and has been a mode of transportation since the days of Jesus. He used a boat to get to different locations. We use them today for travel, sport and leisure. Aren’t we all in the same boat these days? The virus that swept the world still lingers. This is one boat that I’m ready to depart. Life can change in a moment. Just a year ago, I was making plans to go on another mission trip, and …

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Wilderness

Have you ever been lost, turned around to where you didn’t know which way to go? My husband and I were hiking in the Smokey Mountains of Tennessee several years ago. We miscalculated our journey and ended up hiking in the dark. With only head lamp we stepped slowly down the dark mountain. At one point my husband stopped and said, “we’re off the trail.” I had no idea, I was just following him. Isn’t this just like life as a Christian at times? We are moving along, thinking we’re doing ok, then suddenly we realize we’re heading down the …