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Grace and the Good Girl

I was raised in a Christian home and became a Christian at the age of 12. I knew I loved Jesus but I did not have a full understanding of salvation. I tried very hard to live like a Christian but failed many times and still do. I tried to “be good” and by some accounts I was considered “a good girl”. I did not consider myself to be good enough so I tried to be perfect! I am not sure how I came to put this upon myself but for some reason I believed that I had to be …

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Give Them Grace

We never know what someone is walking through…but we can give them grace We don’t know what they have been through…but we can give them grace We may not know why they do what they do…but we can give them grace If God looks at the heart…then shouldn’t we try to, too? Just give them grace, just give them grace By praying for them, not whispering about them…we can show them grace By lifting them up, not putting them down…we can show them grace Being tender-hearted, kind and forgiving…we can show them grace With humility, compassion and love…we can show them grace If …

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Sufficient Grace

Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. Romans 12: 4-5 Grace is defined by Merriam-Webster as a way of moving that is smooth and attractive, a way that is not stiff or awkward. Grace is the strength beyond your physical limitations to do what only you were created to do. It is given to us individually to bring …

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An Anchor on the Bridge

It was a little over a year ago that I was able to call Little Rock home. Last summer, I spent a lot of time running around the Big Dam Bridge. I specifically remember, despite my excitement of being in a new place and “starting over” I was feeling slightly apprehensive and a part of me was afraid. I specifically remember hearing this song (which I have heard many, many times) but this time the line of lyrics toward the end of the song stopped me in my tracks. I knew that everything would be okay. “Take courage when the …

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Unveiled Faces

      “And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another.” 2 Corinthians 3: 18 My husband and I are in the process of adopting a little pumpkin. Part of the adoption process involves online education. In one part of the education we are taught about affect, or facial expressions. We learned about an adoption related phenomenon in which the facial expressions of children begin to look like those of their parents, even to the point that the children actually begin to …

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Rescued from Perfection

  When we talk about Faith, it seems that there could be any number of things to discuss. But I have found myself stuck as I have thought about the root of what my faith really is, when it began, and how I found it. What does faith mean for me? What is the significance of faith in my life? The past two months have brought me to a place of reflection about my own journey of faith. I do this fairly regularly as far as short-term history is concerned. I will often process what God has done in my …

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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 bicycle 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 …

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Simply Enough

A Psalm for the most important relationship in my life, the one I have with my Savior Jesus Christ: Many times the pain of my life runs deep and I can feel it like a suffocating fire. I hurt and I feel alone. But then, a whisper from my Savior says, “You are never alone. I am with you in your darkest hour and even in this pain you are loved. YOU are the apple of MY eye. YOU find your confidence in ME alone. YOU are righteous by MY blood. YOU are forgiven.” The pain is still there, but …

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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, and …