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Consider It All Joy

  James 1: 2 “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds” These days we are facing many ungodly acts of people in our world. We see the worship of self become more prevalent and the times speak for themselves don’t they? Many are perishing without knowing who God is and what Jesus did for them. This is a sense of urgency in life that you place in your heart and mind: the message of the cross to those who are perishing. 1 Corinthians 1: 18 “For the message of the cross is …

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Infinitely More

Now all glory to God, who is able, through his all mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think. – Ephesians 3:20 Every minute of every day, thoughts go in and out of our minds. While driving to work in the morning, we may be thinking about the day ahead. What we need to do when we get to our desks, the meeting that we have at 1pm, what we are going to make for dinner tonight when we get home. Endless thoughts are constantly going around in our minds. If we …

Relationship Boosters

    “Do everything in love”–1 Corinthians 16:14 One of the things that is essential in life is a relationship. God established a relationship with you, and he also created relationships with you and your family and friends. God knows that you need relationships to live a better and more meaningful life. Here are simple and effective ways to have good relationships: Love sincerely Love people dearly. Show your love and care. Let your family and friends see and feel that you love them. Treat them and make them feel good. Make them feel special. Help Offer help to others. …

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The Soft Shell Turtle

  A couple of days ago I found this soft shell turtle while walking. This turtle was so very tired.       Today while walking I found these eggs that have been devoured and found a piece of shell away from the other eggs.       It looks like one may have been spared. I’m guessing raccoons found them.       God will leave the 99 and go to the one. Maybe He sent me to help this one? I covered the one remaining egg just in case it’s God plan for this one to thrive. It …

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Judge Not

    There will always be a right way to mend a wrong. Since Adam and Eve, sin has been a part of our existence. No one can escape sin, we’re all born into it. Most sin is invisible. You may get away with telling a lie or coveting something you don’t have, but all sin is punishable. Sin is a debt and it must be paid back. That’s why we have judges and juries. Judges are appointed to courts to be the ultimate decision maker. You can’t deny that you have judged others. In your mind you may think …

He’s After Our Heart

I remember a time before I was saved when I thought, “why would I want to give my life to Jesus and have to follow all His rules? It’s a thinking most people (especially the younger generation) probably contemplate. But following Jesus is not viewed as following rules as an undertaking. First, Christ is after our heart. Since He knows all things, He not only knows your hearts, but your desires and fears. When we come to Christ with everything we have and surrender it to Him, something happens. We start desiring different things. We want to serve Him and …

Abundant Blessings

Did you know that God loves blessing His people. If you’re a parent, you know the feeling of giving your kids things and the joy it brings. Or a friend that loves giving to others. Imagine this on a greater scale as God blesses His children, even when they don’t deserve it. But these blessings come with a price. That price has already been paid by Christ, for all of our past and future sins. God sent His only Son to come to earth and die for each one of us. Grace is a gift we don’t deserve, while mercy …

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Embracing the Impossible

      The person who lives completely yielded to Christ will often find themselves taking on tasks that feel utterly beyond them. Or perhaps to put it another way, we can’t live Spirit-empowered in our comfort zones. God continually calls us to step outside of those nice, safe walls we’ve positioned around ourselves, and into the area of insufficiency and need. Where we know, without a miracle, we’ll fail. Lives will go untouched, hearts unhealed, tummies unfed. As a high school dropout, former homeless girl, turned ministry leader, I often find myself in that place. Holding conversations with those …

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Let His Love Wash Over You

    Awhile back I was feeling down and decided to go for a walk. The sky was a dark gray and filled with rain which matched the mood I was in. I put on my rain boots and headed out needing some kind of escape. The gentle rain smelled good as it hit each blade of grass and fallen leaves that littered the land. “Lord, I’m feeling kinda old I guess. I find myself worrying over things I have no control over and I’m just tired. I try to stay positive, yet deep in my heart I’m hurting.  I …

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Let Your Love Scatter

    One of the things I love to see in springtime is the tiny dandelions dotting my yard. I know to most it’s a weed, but for me it takes me back to my childhood where my wishes hung from its green stalk begging me to send them flying. I would pluck them up, close my eyes and blow my wishes to the heavens watching them soar. I have carried on this tradition all through my adult life, and now teach my grandchildren about the power of your heart. “These tiny seeds are only free when you release them. …

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What Defines You?

  What you do with your life usually defines you. The Bible confirms that our actions are deeply connected with our hearts. If others know you’re a Christian by your actions, that’s a good thing. We shouldn’t be defined by our titles, or status, or by our current circumstances. It’s our hope in God that shows others who we are. Surrender your life to Christ. Set your intentions on things above and let God determine your steps. Galatians 2:20 – “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now …

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He’s Still Working

My granddaughter told me something that reminded me that God is still at work in my life. There have been times in my early years when I’ve felt alone, abandoned and even neglected. My first memory of these feelings was when my dad died suddenly, when I was only ten years old. I didn’t understand it. I went to Sunday School. I learned about God. But, what I learned and what was happening just didn’t add up. My world had suddenly collapsed without reason. Looking back I can see how God was working in my heart, even then. He saw …