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The Tower of Babel

      When we study the Tower of Babel Genesis 11 account, we emphasize the wrong motives of the people.  We can easily list them:  pride, arrogance, selfishness, rebellion, distrust, and seekers of fame.  Building their reputation was just as important as being united in building a city and a tower. Also, just as important as motives, are their fears.  They were disobeying God’s instructions, “But you, be fruitful and multiply; spread out over the earth and multiply on it.” Genesis 9:7 Were they afraid of being separated, disconnected? Were they afraid of losing security and comfort?  Were they …

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Trust Do Not Be Afraid

  Have you ever been afraid to do something and you made excuses not to do it? Yep, me too. I was asked to write a devotion. Just one. That was a year ago. I have found many scriptures to devote time on but today’s just hit home and lit a fire under me. So here it goes. My first devotional. Isaiah 12:2 “Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The Lord, the LORD himself, is my strength and my defense, He has become my salvation.” After spending 81 days in the hospital with someone …

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When You Feel That Jesus Has Forgotten You

        My husband and I sat across the table at a steakhouse from one of my best friends and her husband. She was barely able to make it through the meal due to morning sickness. I was barely able to make it through the meal due to despair. My heart ached for what she had growing inside of her. Although my husband and I hadn’t been trying for a baby for all that long, it seemed like forever. My greatest fear was that my mom’s seven-year struggle to conceive would be my heartache as well. I tried …

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The Story of Jonah

“The Lord threw a great wind onto the sea, and such a great storm arose on the sea that the ship threatened to break apart. The sailors were afraid, and each cried out to his god.”  (Jonah 1:4-5) Talk about being at the wrong place at the wrong time!  These poor, innocent sailors on the ship with the runaway prophet Jonah were definitely afraid.  Fear is defined by the dictionary as “an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat.” The sailors confronted Jonah as he was singled out …

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It’s Cancer

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. “ Philippians 4:6 (NLT) I heard the words, “Yes, it is cancer.” The floor fell out under my feet. I was absolutely shocked. I’m only 39. The first few days of a cancer diagnosis can be described as emotional chaos and confusion. My mind was flooded with so many questions about cancer and all it will entail. But one thing was for sure. I knew I needed God because only God is bigger than cancer. Philippians 4:6 seemed to …

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Cancer Stole My Peace

“Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.” Philipians 4:6-7 (NLT)Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Cancer stole my peace and I didn’t realize how peaceful life was until I was diagnosed with cancer. All my problems that were so big suddenly became so small and I wished for those days to be back. I wondered if I ever will have days of big problems that really …

After Diagnosis

    “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything.” Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.” Philippians 4:6-8 After my diagnosis, I prayed constantly. I filled my life with prayer, devotionals, …

Thoughts of Cancer

  “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name.” Psalm 91: 14 Cancer taught me just how small I really am very quickly. I had no control, I had no power, and I cannot heal myself. However God can. But the first question that follows is, but will he? It is in my human nature to judge myself to see if I was worthy. I am divorced. I don’t tithe enough.Sometimes I miss church. I watch things that would be offensive to God. I might be judgmental on …

Facing Cancer

“Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.” Psalm 91: 14-15 This is an unbreakable promise from God. This promise may have been written hundreds of years ago for everyone. But right now, this promise could’ve been written today and just for me or for you. When facing cancer, I ran to God and sobbed on his shoulders. I didn’t know what all I …

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Rain in its Season

          “They do not say in their heart, Let us now fear the Lord our God, Who gives rain in its season, Both the autumn rain and the spring rain, who keeps for us the appointed weeks of the harvest.” Jeremiah 5:24 I know that God is good, but are we fearing the Lord our God?  He gives to us, but will He continue to give us blessings if we are not worshiping Him, and Him alone? Choose God. Tanya Jackson

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What Love Does

      Several years ago we had a nasty snow and ice storm to move in. Having livestock we still have to feed, water and check on them daily, no matter what the weather conditions are like. They simply depend on us for their survival. We had just moved a group of cattle to a pasture that had a bridge over a very steep creek bed that separated one pasture from another. My husband Wayne, was worried the cattle was stuck on the other side of the creek bed away from the feed lot, so we loaded up in …