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The Joy of Creation

      Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 “There is a time for everything and a season for every activity under heaven: A time to be born and a time to die.  A time to plant and a time to harvest. A time to kill and a time to heal.  A time to tear down and a time to build up. A time to weep and a time to laugh.  A time to mourn and a time to dance.” Isolation is a natural response to suffering the loss of a loved one. It is difficult to concentrate which makes driving somewhat perilous. Frequent …

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The Antidote to Sin

I was thinking about how we get sick. The virus type of sickness. Something so tiny we cannot even see it with our own eyes, yet it can wreck havoc in our lives. I thought about how viruses come and go and will be a part of our lives always. All we can do is try to prevent the exposure to them or treat it as best as we can,  but we will never be fully free from them, here on earth. That musing led me to thinking about sin in our lives. Sin is something that is comparable to …

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Do You Know Where To Go For Healing?

This morning I remember when I had stitches as a little girl. I loved throwing a penny in the fountain at the entrance to the hospital. I am so thankful that my parents knew where to take me for treatment. I didn’t know, but they did. I also didn’t know that years later my hubby and I would be at the same hospital for the births of two of our children. Oh beloved, you have to know where to go for healing. You have to learn the route so that when you are wounded you don’t waste time trying to …

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Hungry?

Hebrews 2:18 – “Because He Himself suffered when He was tempted, He is able to help those being tempted.” Have you ever been hungry? I mean real hungry. Like you hadn’t ate real food in a few days? Not many of us, if any, can answer that question with a yes. But yet, my heart breaks for the poor and those that are hungry today. Did you know that Jesus Himself came from Heaven and became a human so that He could suffer the same things we go through. And through that suffering, He made a way out. A better …

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God’s Love and Faithfulness

      Scripture: Psalm 36:4 – “Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.” Message: My grief journey has been coated with God’s enduring love and faithfulness. Yes, to this day (almost 6 years later) I yearn for those days with that beautiful, spunky, and just almost perfect Lila Kate! Yes, to this day I still fall into tangles with my rush of emotions and those waves still crash with those gloomy days (even though the sun shines brightly). And yes, it’s at times still frustrating during those little spells (especially with my outgoing and bubbly personality) but over …

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Injuries Happen

It was Senior night for our oldest grandson a couple of weeks ago. He and his parents were on the field along with the other seniors all of them being honored. We’ve been watching the games on tv but went to see the festivities last night. Imagine our concern (horror?) as our grandson was injured. The word we got was broken arm. The rest of us went home and waited while grandson and parents went to the hospital. Finally we heard the news. And the injury was slight enough that he wanted to go back and finish the game. Doc …

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God Forgives Our Sins

Scripture: He forgives all our iniquities and heals all our diseases Psalm 103: 3 Though our sins are like a stench in God’s nostrils, He is merciful and when confessed, He forgives our sins, past, present, and future; so we should not fear losing our salvation. For God so loved the world, He gave His only begotten Son: that whosoever believes in Him shall have eternal life. John 3: 16 Each of us sins every day either in thought, attitude, or wrong acts: aren’t you thankful each time we sin, if we confess our sin, God will forgive our sin and cleanse us from a unrighteousness. 1st …

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Jesus Restores Ear of Malchus

        John 18: 4-11 “Jesus, knowing all that was going to happen to him, went out and asked them, “Who is it you want?”  “Jesus of Nazareth,” they replied. “I am he,” Jesus said. (And Judas the traitor was standing there with them.) When Jesus said, “I am he,” they drew back and fell to the ground. Again he asked them, “Who is it you want?”“Jesus of Nazareth,” they said. Jesus answered, “I told you that I am he. If you are looking for me, then let these men go.” This happened so that the words he had spoken would be fulfilled: “I …

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What Do You Believe

What do you believe when it all comes down?   I was put to the test with this very thing.   The plans were set and off we flew to Colorado with some friends. We were set to spend the next four days horseback riding, sightseeing, checking out the hot springs and taking a motorcycle ride. Sounds like fun doesn’t it? Oh, we were excited and everything just felt right. Back home we even had a realtor preparing to present a bid for the home of our dreams. Life was just good. The first night in town, we headed over …

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Embracing Divine Interruptions

      Embracing Divine Interruptions   “Now a man who was lame from birth was being carried to the temple gate called Beautiful, where he was put every day to beg from those going into the temple courts.”  Acts 3: 2 In the first century there was no Welfare Department, no Department of Human Services, no local food bank or organization to help the handicapped or the sick. This man’s situation was chronic. He was lame from birth. He had never walked so his entire life he was dependent upon the generosity and kindness of others. There was no …

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Healing

 My hubby had a stroke in May. When that stroke occurred we were in the midst of a misdiagnosis. They didn’t get it right. Twice. It was only because of the Holy Spirit speaking to a physician after my husband’s arrival in Little Rock that the real problem was discovered. I’ll ever be thankful for a woman up early for her quiet time who heard the Lord speak to her heart: “Go see that man in person.” She responded and came to see him in person and discovered that this could not possibly be a simple back issue. Now we …

Sweet Release

  Family curses are real. My family tree is a tangled up mess. Generations have battled depression, bitterness, shame, sickness and more. For years, when I thought of my paternal grandparents I couldn’t even bring myself to say a prayer. When I knew they needed prayer, I delegated. I asked my husband or my children to do the work because my heart couldn’t find the words. I’m not sure how, but I didn’t see this as unforgiveness. God knew my limitations though. He understood that years of rejection had left me speechless and hard. There had to be grace for …