Listening for God’s Voice

As I listen to the birds singing every morning, I wish I could distinguish one bird from another. I identify the honking geese as they fly over the lake. And I hear the woodpecker, as he raps for his meal. I can see the difference between a robin and a sparrow, but I can’t tell them apart by their songs. My husband Dan recognizes the voices of many birds. He knows the robin’s sweet song, and he is familiar with the squawking blue jay. He even points out the mimicking mockingbird. I’m learning a few tips from him. Recognition. I’ve …

Indecision? Try Grace Talk

“You know what killed that squirrel?” my husband Dan mused as we drove through our Arkansas neighborhood. Duh, I thought, a car ran over him. “Indecision,” he explained. Dan always seems to think in black or white terms – no grey areas. (“If you don’t like carrots, don’t eat them. If you hate working as a secretary, find another job.”) “Indecision?” I exclaimed. “Wait a minute! Are you comparing me to that squirrel?” Dan and I are living proof that opposites attract in relationships, especially in marriage. But after over 40 years of marriage, I think I’m finally learning a few …

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Housekeeping Day 6

Wouldn’t it be great if the house stayed clean? We thought after our three teenagers grew wings and left that we’d surely be clean all the time! LOL But we find that cleaning house is a continual thing. Sometimes it’s a real chore, other times it’s just light work. But it has to be repeatedly done. Oh beloved, don’t worry! Just because you’ve read about Housekeeping and you think you’ve got it down. You may mess up along the way, but God’s got this for you! He’s on your side on matter what and He’s going along with you always …

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Seeing His Mastery by Brittany Glaze

“Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly, to venture on wider seas. Storms will show your mastery; where losing sight of land, we shall see stars.”  ~Francis Drake What a prayer! The magnitude and intense belief to even pray this is something to be appreciated. This dares me, dares me to be free. It dares me to question if I’m living in the freedom I am promised through salvation. Free to trust God and all His mastery! The past year, 2015, was full of wider seas, storms, and loss of sight of land. Unlike Drake, I had not prayed this …

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The Blessing of Family

  Family… what a wonderfully loaded word! There are so many varieties of families, from in-laws to extended relatives, from close friends to our own children. Our family members can be our biggest cheerleaders and our harshest critics. But God intended for them to be a beautiful picture of blessing. To Adam, Noah and Abraham, God blessed them and told them to multiply. He blessed them through multiplying. Family is intended to be a blessing, a picture of the relationship between our Father God, our brother and savior Jesus Christ, and each other as believers. Hebrews 2:11 says Jesus is …

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Summer Rest

  Ah, Summer. It is a chance to take a break; school is out, weekends are full of fun, “play” is the primary word on the minds of children (and many adults!). Summer should be a time for relaxing and enjoying free time with loved ones, right? But so many of us are so caught up in the daily grind of life that even sunshine and sprinklers don’t bring the relaxation we so need. I am finding it hard to slow down the pace of my day, my minutes, and my thoughts to simply enjoy summer. Matthew 11:28-30 tells us …

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Healing Grace

A dear life-long friend sparked my memory today about a friendship that was mended only by the grace of God and it just made me smile. I am not the easiest friend to have.  I don’t say that for sympathy or to have a pity party or anything of that nature, but I can recognize my flaws. Someone who trusts very little and has people-pleasing tendencies with the added “always thinking someone is mad at me” feeling is just not a great combination for attributes in a wonderful friend!  If nothing else, I am OVERLY self-aware! I have ALWAYS longed …

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Storms

  My mom passed away one year ago on January 31st  after a six month battle with cancer. This event rocked my world physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. During the battle and after she died I told everyone the “right” things…. “I’m focusing on Him.” “I’m looking for the goodness in all of this.” “I know this is glorifying to Him somehow.” In some ways I believed this deep down. I knew His truths but it was still hard to focus on them. God gave me just enough glimpses of His goodness and His mercy through this storm in my …

Sherri Ohler

  Join Cynthia today as she chats with Sherri Ohler.  Sherri shares that her life is one long story of Grace.  From battling fear, to custody battles to life long business dreams, Sherri can trace it all to grace. http://www.sherriohler.com.