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Sacrifice of Praise

        Hebrews 13: 15 “through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise-the fruit of lips that openly profess His name.” The phrase “sacrifice of praise” has been ringing in my ears and lingering in my thoughts for weeks.  Over and over again I hear these words “sacrifice of praise” as I struggle to understand what the Lord is teaching me.  And in true fashion, today He revealed it to me and even gave me a song to sing!  No, don’t worry I will not record my voice and make you listen.  I …

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My Psalm

  A Psalm is a sacred song or hymn used in worship… the following Psalm was written by Sarah Heringer during a time of Bible study, as a means of worship to her Heavenly Father.   You are my strength because I am weak. You get me through and lift me up. My hope is in you.  You love me! Always and forever and all the time. I miss it sometimes, Lord. I don’t listen, see or feel you and I give up. I have doubted your goodness and faithfulness But all I have to do is look back and …

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Heavy Burdens

We bought a dresser over the weekend. It is one of the heaviest pieces of furniture I’ve ever seen. But where we bought it was like a treasure shop to me. Everywhere I looked I saw things I liked. There was even a huge old kettle like the one that used to sit on the stove at an aunt’s house. I told the woman that she might be my new best friend! Although that dresser was so heavy it could hardly be moved, my husband and that little woman moved it out of the storage building, across the yard and …

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Wilting

“I’m wilting.” Two words I recently told a friend.  They were out of my mouth before I even had a chance to realize what I was saying.  But after the words were out, I couldn’t quit thinking about the state I was in. I was wilting. Wilting: to become limp through heat, loss of water, or disease; to droop Yes, I was wilting…I was becoming limp through heat– certain trials I was up against had proved to be very hot; through loss of water– I was looking inward to myself rather than looking at Jesus, the very source of Living …

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You Were…. But Now You’re NEW

          Renewed – to begin again, to make effective for an additional period. Wow, when we look at the dictionary definition of “Renewed” we probably all wish we could be that or do that. I am sure our minds go immediately to moments in life that we wish we could “do over”. Of course that’s where the enemy wants to take us…to the moments in life that we were at our worst. But the truth is apart from Jesus we are the worst. Thank you Jesus because of the cross, because of the blood shed on …

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IF – And It Is So!

When we said our vows so many years ago none of them included the word if. When we birthed three babies we never included in our adoration of those babies the word if. Those words have never come up in all these years of conversation. My husband is my soul mate – it’s just so. Our kids are our kids – it’s just so. Yet IF is in Scripture! Was God giving a caveat to His Word? Was He holding back? Oh beloved, God speaks volumes in a two-letter word this morning! He speaks to you! He wants to stop …

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Wrecked

  My tires were aired, my chain was lubed and the panniers were bulging. Packing was definitely the biggest challenge. Four women preparing for a five day, two hundred fifty-seven mile ride across the state of Missouri were limited to mascara, toothbrush, T-shirt dress and Chacos. I’ll admit I was a little worried. I had never been to the Katy Trail, though I had researched it extensively and compiled a detailed agenda, which included bed and breakfast reservations as well as dinner plans. I had spent four months meticulously planning the trip. To conserve space I placed my items into …

Grace Under Pressure

“Grace under pressure”…”Grace under pressure”… the phrase that every good Southern girl knows, but one that I keep repeating in my mind lately. Ephesians 4: 7 says, “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.” I certainly need my share of grace right now. It could be the time of year, but I doubt it. I think that God brings me to these junctures just in time to learn something either I was too ignorant to get the first time or perhaps I just wasn’t ready to listen. Sometimes the lessons are due to my …

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Unshakable Thanks

  We are all on a journey.  And as Paul says, we do not travel that journey as those who have no hope (1 Thessalonians 4: 13). We know that we have a Savior sitting at the right hand of the Father who delights in us.  We have the Word of God that is living and active.  We have the presence of the Holy Spirit in our lives, giving us gifts to make the best use of our time here on Earth.  And we have the fellowship of other believers to offer friendship, prayer, encouragement and council.  We have hope, …

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Cow Cuddling?

I can’t believe this, but here it is. A New York farm is offering a 60-minute cow cuddling session for $75. They are also offering a full Cow and Horse Experience, which allows the customer to pet, brush and play with both cows and horses coming in at $300 for 90-minutes. With the price of cattle being so low right now, it certainly would be a lucrative proposition for the right farmer. While I agree that the idyllic scene of farm life is relaxing and all, it is amazing the price that we humans are willing to pay to attempt …

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Bigger Than The Ocean

When I was young we lived near the ocean – well the Gulf of Mexico.  One day I was dipping my two year old toes into the waves, barely.  My parents were laughing and talking together on the beach.  I looked at them having so much fun and said, “I guess you guys are just gonna let me drown!” (I based that on the tv news that shared a young boy had gotten caught in a rip tide and drowned recently) Oh beloved, feel like you’re drowning in the ocean? Do you think God has forgotten you and is just …

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Love the Hate Away

One of the things I found myself doing was randomly scrolling Facebook. If only I could burn calories with the miles my thumbs have scrolled. I started seeing negative post after negative post and it put me in even more of a funk than I was in already! Have you ever been offended by something someone posted on social media? Maybe it was about you, maybe it wasn’t. Maybe it was political or racial or an injustice going on in the world. Maybe it was a little more personal and you understood what Taylor Swift meant when she said, “Haters …