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Stalled

I wrote a post once about me being stuck on a railroad track, while my truck stalled and wouldn’t move forward. A train was approaching and I was scared. I finally managed to put it into gear and escape a horrible accident. God was in that moment, just as He is in every day of my life. He was trying to get my attention. I gave my life to Christ as a teenager and even then, rebelled and tried to live life on my own. None of us know the mind of God, but I can imagine that it’s hard …

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Encounters

If you have God in your life you’ll be able to see that God is in every part of your life. He meets His people in many ways. Through our victories, trials, His Word (the Bible), other people and through our circumstances. Through my struggles and heartaches I can look back and see God in the thick of it. There were times when I brushed it off as good fortune or luck, but I can’t dismiss or neglect to thank God every day for bringing me to where I am today. Many let the circumstances of their lives define who …

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Plans

For many, the year of 2020 halted plans. Vacations were cancelled. Future moves and careers were put on hold. Our lives transitioned into something none of us had ever experienced. Was this God’s plan? Are you blaming God for the pandemic that touched every part of our world? Did He get your attention? I can’t speak for God, but I do know that He has plans for me and you. Life is a journey, not a marathon. We must persevere through the difficult times. But we must recognize that we can’t do this on our own. What about you? Is …

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Left Alone

My mom was widowed three times. I have a sister and a friend who both lost their husbands. I can’t even imagine how this feels. Dear friends, when you pray tonight, pray for the widows and widowers. It says in the Bible that we are to be a ‘defender of widows.’ (Psalms 68:5). Husbands hug your wives tonight. Wives, treasure the days you have with your husband. Pray for those left alone, that God’s presence is their comfort and His voice is heard in the still of the night. None of us know what the day will bring or if …

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Payback

Have you ever been hurt by someone? Not necessarily physically, but emotionally. Was the pain so great that you thought you’d never be able to forgive that person? I’ve been there, more times than I care to admit. I let it consume me, almost defeat me. Being on the other side of that now, I can look back and see there were times when I used a lot of energy trying to fix things on my own. I wanted revenge. I wanted the other person to suffer because of my suffering. This went on for years until one day I …

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He’s In The Ordinary

There are millions of people today facing depression and loneliness. These are trying times. Days of isolation for many can be devastating. But, there is hope. Better days are coming. No, I can’t predict the future, but I can tell you of someone that can help you. God has been here from the beginning of time. He created every living thing. And God will be here in the end. I didn’t always know this, and even when I became a Christian, I didn’t always believe it. But the more I pursued God and the deeper our relationship became, I realized …

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A Divine Calling

Do you feel you have a purpose in life? I don’t mean being a wife, sister, mother, husband, brother, etc. I’m referring to a purpose for being alive today; the reason you were born and brought to this moment in time. A divine calling. As a Christian, you soon learn that we’re not just saved, and then we go to heaven. God doesn’t want that. He created us. He has a job for those who follow Him. And don’t mistake this calling as a religious activity or holy hobby. Our sole mission in life as Christians is to go, spread …

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Perception

Perception is described as “the ability to see, hear, or become aware of something through the senses.” In other words, it describes how we take a scene or scenery and process it with anything different than before (how we look at reality). I’ve talked about perception before. But, today as I was driving to work, my perception of the area was different. I now live on the other side of the city and the surroundings have a different impression on me. More than all of this is my perception of life since Jesus came into my life. I’ve had seasons …

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No Turning Back

Roadways often have on-ramps to allow access to the highway. These on-ramps are not to be used to back off of the highway, but I’ve done it before. I know it was probably illegal but I was desperate. As I was backing down the on-ramp, desperate to get off the bridge that was backed up for miles, I prayed I could reverse my decision and go in the other direction. I managed to back off the main highway and turn around in the other direction, possibly escaping an hour delay in my trip. As it is in life, I often …

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He’s Still Working

My granddaughter told me something that reminded me that God is still at work in my life. There have been times in my early years when I’ve felt alone, abandoned and even neglected. My first memory of these feelings was when my dad died suddenly, when I was only ten years old. I didn’t understand it. I went to Sunday School. I learned about God. But, what I learned and what was happening just didn’t add up. My world had suddenly collapsed without reason. Looking back I can see how God was working in my heart, even then. He saw …

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Perfection

Some people strive for perfection. In their job, relationships. They think if they just do this or work harder in that area, it will be perfect. The problem is not the efforts you put into something or someone, it’s the intention or purpose of the efforts. The reality is, outside of God’s grace, we all fall short. Without God in your life, every relationship, every job, it’s a struggle to maintain, to be the best. I’m not saying not to work on those relationships, or fulfill that life long dream/career. I am confident in saying that with God at your …

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Hungry?

Hebrews 2:18 – “Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those being tempted.” Have you ever been hungry? I mean real hungry. Like you hadn’t ate real food in a few days? Not many of us, if any, can answer that question with a yes. But yet, my heart breaks for the poor and those that are hungry today. Did you know that Jesus Himself came from Heaven and became a human so that He could suffer the same things we go through. And through that suffering, He made a way out. A better …