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Saying Goodbye

  “Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God – this is your true and proper worship. Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:1-2   When I was young, I did not care much about what I was about to say, who might hear them, or if I would offend …

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Where Does My Strength Come From?

Some days I wonder. Humility is looking back on my life and realizing God was there all along. God is closer than your next breath. God knows the sound of my cry and has always been there to pick me up when I fall. When I am weak, He is strong. There’s security in knowing the one true God. Psalms 57:1 – “Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in you I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.” Dianne Petrey

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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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Strength

For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: By waiting and by calm you shall be saved, in quiet and in trust shall be your strength. Isaiah 30:15 NAB Strength One warped idea of strength is handling things ourselves and not asking for help. Somehow asking for help is seen as weak. This is ridiculous because as humans we are not self-sufficient. We need others and we definitely need God. What is strength? It is not hiding, not pretending, not relying on ourselves but acknowledging the one who is our strength. Trust makes us strong because then life …

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Pre-existing Conditions

But be alert at all times, praying that you may have strength to escape all these things that are going to take place and to stand before the Son of Man. (Luke 21:34) Are You Ready? I remember watching the news one day as additional information regarding SARS-COV2 aka COVID-19 became readily available. The news-anchor mentioned that individuals with “pre-existing conditions” i.e. asthma, hypertension and diabetes were considered to be more at risk to the complications associated with this microscopic virus. As time passed and as we are all collectively seeing, the number of people inflicted with COVID-19 is at …

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Godly Leaders

    Scripture: Exodus 5: 21 “May the Lord look upon you and judge you. You have made us a stench to Pharaoh and his officials and have placed a sword in their hands to kill us.” Moses was leading the Israelites and interceded for them: He asked God why He had brought so much trouble on His people: for ever since he went to Pharaoh and spoke in God’s behalf, Pharaoh has brought trouble on his people and God has not rescued them. Many times when God’s people are serving Him, they do not understand when God continues to let them suffer. …

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My Help Comes From the Lord

    There are days when the Chronic pain is so intense that I can’t even bear it and I start crying out to the Lord. Constantly praying and proclaiming My Healing. Sleepless nights tossing and turning every night, a constant battle with this fight. The question remains and always lies in my brain, where does my help come from? During the pain when I can barely do anything and need my husband to help with everything. I ask myself where does your help come from? The  Bible tells us in Psalm 121:1 “I lift my eyes to the hills- where …

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We Have the Victory

      I constantly have to remind myself that we have the victory in Christ, despite the daily struggles I face with the pain I have to tell myself I have the victory through Jesus.  The God we serve is faithful to carry me through it, and if He can do it for me, He can do it for you. Believe it and receive it, I don’t know what you are facing today but I do know that we have the victory in Christ and we are more than conquers. Do not give up and give in if you …

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Trust in His Timing

        Psalm 27:14 “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” Waiting is one of the most difficult things we humans do. We wait in line at the store, we wait for that package that we ordered, we wait in hospital waiting rooms, we wait in line for coffee with no problem but always have a problem with waiting on the Lord. We must wait on the Lord and let His divine power manifest in our life. When we start to doubt that can hinder our prayers from being answered …

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Decisions We Make

Proverbs 16: 9 “In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps”. As a Christian woman I have learned that in my walk with God that whatever I have done, He has forgiven me.  I can’t keep looking back at the things that didn’t happen and I had to learn to move forward. Many times when I pray the past comes back to my memory to dredge it all up again. satan will always pick prayer time in an attempt to discourage me and fill my mind with things of the past to keep me bound up and …

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Changes?

I just happen to love fall and especially November. I even love the time change. Don’t shoot me! I am a morning person so I’m thrilled to see the sunrise while I’m at home. And the sun is just right for the beautiful leaves in the afternoon on my way home. I don’t like every change that comes in life. Some changes show up right out of nowhere. You and I can prepare somewhat for seasonal changes. But other things we have no control over and no prep time. Oh beloved, Whatever change you are going through you can know …