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Encouragement

Reading: Philippians 2:1-11 The trials and tribulations discussed in a previous session can take a toll on a person. Sometimes, we openly share our difficulties with friends, and other times they may be hidden away for no one to recognize. As Christians, it’s our duty to encourage one another because we never know when someone carries a heavy heart. Hebrews 3:13 gives another reason to build up our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ. Being saved does not make us immune to sin. We still continue falling into temptation, and even as Christ always gives us the strength to overcome …

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Impossible Mission? Not With the Lord

Impossible mission movies are some of our favorites. I admit there are moments in those movies where I can’t look. But the idea of an underdog hero jumping buildings, escaping bombs and rescuing people, while completing the impossible mission is very appealing to me. Oh beloved, you don’t have to watch impossible mission movies. But you do have to live through times that are literally impossible missions. And you do get to pray for friends and loved ones who are on their own impossible missions. What about your life can go from impossible to completing the scenario in victory? How …

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Walk Out Into The New Year

On New Year’s Day morning I walked out to my car barefoot. In December. Unbelievable and yet that’s just what I did. Oh beloved, maybe you didn’t walk out to your car barefoot. But you are walking into this New Year without hesitation. Your feet are shod with the preparation of the Gospel of Peace. You don’t have to stop and make preparation. Even though thorns and stones are out there, you are fully covered by Christ. It’s time that God’s people walk like God’s people. Peace is your birthright. Even though you may have much you feel you should …

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Guarded By God’s Word

As the helicopter flew over our area and around our house last week, I was thankful. Thankful that a friend had sent me a post from our sheriff about a manhunt. And thankful that our home has lots of light and good locks. We went to bed knowing we had two deputies behind us as neighbors. Oh beloved, we don’t always know what danger lurks around us. But we know that God is with us. We are guarded by His Word and His heavenly host. Bad things can happen. But God is bigger than the things that come against us. …

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Are You Dressed Right?

So far this year I have worn winter clothing one day and summer clothes the next. And as I type this we have had hot weather and storms after freezing temps yesterday morning. Can it get any whackier? Don’t answer that. Lol Oh beloved, this world and the system opposed to God is getting whackier and whackier. Seriously we don’t know how to dress for the occasion. Except you can put on the whole armor of God. You can wrap yourself up in God’s love. He promises to hide His own in the shelter until the danger passes by. Most …

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Monkey Bars Faith

This morning I remember how the playground was so much fun at school. One of my favorites was the monkey bars. Swinging from one bar to another to get across with your feet dangling in the air was so much fun. But you had to get the rhythm right. You had to let go of one bar to get swing to the next. Anyone who held onto two bars at once usually ended up dropping to the ground in defeat. Oh beloved, life is a lot about letting go of one thing to move on to the next. For sure …

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We Shouldn’t Be Alive

We were watching an episode of “I Shouldn’t Be Alive” last night. A young couple had decided to rent a lodge and go on a hike in the rain forest. They chose the longest hike and began by following the signs along the way. But they got so caught up in the scenery and wildlife of the area that they didn’t notice when they left the trail. Then to add insult to injury, they made the decision to travel by compass even farther away from the lodge. They ended up spending several nights in the treacherous jungle staying on course …

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Filled to Overflowing

    For years, I was a stale and stagnate Christian. Christ had deposited His living water within my sole, but it was more like a trickling creek than the gushing river He desired. I wasn’t thriving. In many ways, I was barely surviving. Then one weekend, I went on a women’s retreat and heard the account of the Samaritan woman (John 4) who’d gone through a string of relationships and, I felt certain, lived as empty as I was. She may have been widowed numerous times, abandoned by her past husbands, or she may have chosen divorce. Regardless, she’d …

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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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God Gives Evidence

We have enjoyed what has been a pretty mild summer so far. No temps over 100 degrees yet at all. I like that. I could do without the usual soaring thermometer readings altogether. But the weather people are saying this week is going to be tipping if not over 100. I’m glad that those in charge of weather reporting can warn us when a storm is brewing, when a hurricane is forming and when the temps will soar. We can be prepared at least somewhat. Or can we? Oh beloved, don’t hold your breath for everything you have heard to …

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Nothing Random

This morning I am thinking about my mother-in-law. I was the pianist at her wedding before I knew she would be my mother-in-law one day. She and her husband had moved to Arkansas along with my hubby for her husband to retire. He had passed away from a heart attack not long after they moved here. It was her marriage to the man my kids would know as Grandpa that I played the piano for. Circumstances can be strange, but you never know when you are helping out someone who may have a pivotal role in your life someday. Oh …

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The Gator In The Dream

Recently I dreamed that we were sight seeing and looking at a lake. There was a woman and little girl there too. As they were walking away from the shoreline I spotted a medium size gator right at the edge of the water. I hollered out to look. Well that woman wanted to go right up to the gator! I was calling out to her to be careful as alligators are fast movers, even on land. And while I was talking to her and worrying about her to my husband in the truck with me, the little girl ran right …