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Renew Your Promises

        I’ve heard of people who renew their wedding vows, years after their wedding day. This is a visible reminder to each other and to others that they are committed, still. We can make promises to our kids, family or friends with good intentions. But, what happens if we break a promise? First of all, a trust is broken. A once intentional vow to another has been shattered, ripped apart. It’s hard to get back the trust from a severed promise, but it’s possible. As a Christian, we don’t have to worry about God giving promises that …

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Such a Simple Act

I found myself mesmerized as I watched my grandkids playing in the sandbox. Their giggles reminded me of something we often forget. Sometimes we don’t realize that we are given a gift each day. It’s called life. If you can’t find anything to smile about, try this. Reach out to someone in need. Make a phone call. Write a letter, or place a potted flower at your neighbor’s doorstep. A simple act of kindness is simple to do. You just have to take the first step. Someone recently helped me, without expecting anything in return. Wow! It made an impression …

Invading Your Thoughts

What is invading your thoughts? What keeps you up at night? Does worry ravage most of your day? Whatever it is, you’re probably not alone. Growing up, and even now, I never liked to lose. Whether it’s losing my keys, a job promotion. It has never been easy losing a loved one. Losing anything keeps me a little unsettled at times. As I see it, giving into a perilous outlook on life will get you nowhere. So, why not be proactive and capture those mindless, worrisome thoughts and replace them with premeditated reflection of something fun, exciting and memorable. Christ …

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Monuments of Victory

It says in the Bible, “there shall be no other gods before me.” This is referring to those of us who are making our own gods and putting them first in our life. I worship God, the creator of the universe, solely. It’s hard not to put other things before Him. Like family, spouse, church, jobs, travel, etc. But, the ‘stuff’ that keeps my eyes on Christ is reflecting on the seasons of victory. The monumental, notable times in my life is when God stepped in and saved me from myself. These important seasons of my life remind me of …

Feeling Comforted

    Jeremiah 20:11 – “But the Lord is with me as a dread warrior; therefore my persecutors will stumble; they will not overcome me. They will be greatly shamed, for they will not succeed. Their eternal dishonor will never be forgotten. After reading this verse early this morning, I am reminded that I’m not alone in my battles, especially in this challenging year of 2020. Mixed in with the news reports and social media reminders, I can trust that God is my mighty warrior. Satan may try to add to the calamity of today, but God will cause the demons to stumble. They …

God is Faithful, Even When I’m Not

Faith is believing in something, even when the evidence is unclear. As a new Christian, I was on fire for God. I visited the elderly, volunteered at church, etc. I did all the right ‘churchy’ things I thought I should be doing. No one really told me what to expect, what’s next. They didn’t really say that this new life requires work on my part. But more than anything, no one told me that I needed to develop my relationship with God. I can’t blame anyone. They just assumed I was seeking God. If I could give one bit of …

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The Briar Patch

Living in a small town in the foothills of Appalachia brought me many wonderful memories. Even though the little town of Kermit, WV was considered a city, to me it was a country paradise. From climbing trees to walking to the top of man’s face rock, this was where I found joy, peace and an unmitigated sense of family.My niece and I were often found high in the mulberry tree, which was our ‘girls only’ fort, or on the hill behind the house, exploring the bugs and animals that roamed about. On one particular day, we decided that it would …

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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 …