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Real Freedom

We picked what we thought was going to be a short and simple kid’s movie last night when the grands were visiting. Turns out it was quite the movie and we couldn’t quit watching it. They had to leave before it was finished, so we paused the movie and said our good byes. Then we had to finish it. Based on a true story about a gorilla that was saved from poachers as a baby, the gorilla came to America and lived with a family as a pet until he was too big to handle in the home. He then …

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God Can’t Be Canceled

There’s been much talk in the last months about cancel culture. So being the curious person I am, I decided to look up the definition of it. Here is what I found. “Cancel culture refers to the popular practice of withdrawing support for (canceling) public figures and companies after they have done or said something considered objectionable or offensive.” Oh beloved, God speaks to our hearts. He wants us to know this morning that He knows there is a move in the earth today to cancel all references to Him, to cancel the worth and necessity of Biblical virtues and …

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Forfeit the Flesh

  Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7) Then Jesus told his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross and follow me. For whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul? Or what shall a man give in return for his soul?” (Matthew 16:24-26) Over the past few months, I have become more aware of the intense spiritual tug of warthat is not …

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Drive Home Gods Truth

The Amphicar comes to mind. Made in the 60’s it was both a highway driver and a boat. This boat car’s original price wasn’t that expensive, but they now have been known to sell at auction in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. Oh beloved, why did God bring this strange vehicle to mind? Because He wants to “drive home” truth. You are worth more than you can imagine to Him. When He rebuilt you – being born again – He made you to navigate all circumstances of life. Neither you nor I are meant to be sunk by life’s …

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Alternate Reality

    The Lord says, “My thoughts are not like yours. Your ways are not like Mine. Just as the heavens are higher than the earth, so My ways are higher than your ways, and My thoughts are higher than your thoughts” Isaiah 55:8-9 (ERV) Jesus said, “Don’t be troubled. Trust in God, and trust in Me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house. I would not tell you this if it were not true. I am going there to prepare a place for you.  After I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back. Then I will take you …

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Do Not Miss Gathering Together

        Scripture: John 20:24-25 “Now Thomas (also known as Didymus), one of the Twelve, was not with the disciples when Jesus came. So the other disciples told him, “We have seen the Lord!” But he said to them, “Unless I see the nail marks in his hands and put my finger where the nails were, and put my hand into his side, I will not believe.” On the evening of the first day after Jesus was resurrected, and His disciples were with Him, but Thomas was absent. and missed a blessing. The other disciples tried to tell Thomas, but he had to be sure; …

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You’ve Been Made To Last

I still have outdoor chairs that belonged to my parents. They’ve been painted and repainted but they are still sturdy and able to be used. How old are they? At least 50 years old. I also have the folding type lawn chairs, at least the newest ones my hubby has bought. They are not so old because they weren’t made to last that long. Oh beloved, God speaks to my heart. You were made to last. This season is rough. It’s like a hurricane in many ways. It has blown us around. It has turned things upside down and crushed …

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You Always Have Somewhere To Go

Having been born in Houston we knew about evacuating when bad weather came. Fortunately for us we always came to Arkansas for a family visit. We always had somewhere to go. This morning when I heard the rain, I was blessed with memories of how a bad situation always turned into a blessed time. Oh beloved, it’s hard to believe, but even your bad situation is not your destiny. The weather report, the health report, the financial report – all of them are just part of your life. And these parts of your life ebb and flow – hard times …

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God Wants To Speak To Your Heart

I dreamed about my sister the other night. She was so elegant and beautiful. She appeared as her young self in my dream. Even so, she was married and my brother in law was in the dream as well. We walked through her house together and that was about all the dream it was. When I woke up I felt it was so precious to be with her. Oh beloved, what is the Lord speaking? Why do we dream dreams? Because God wants to speak to our hearts. Why dream about someone who is long gone to heaven? God wants …

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Love Notes

Our refrigerator is covered with messages, photos and magnetic notes. Oh and there are some pieces of artwork as well. I love those reminders. Each one holds a special place in our hearts. Notes that vow that we are the best at something, anything, warm our hearts. Grandchildren who pledge undying devotion, share their grades, show their artistic abilities. There’s even a note from a daughter and her family on there. Oh beloved, are you keeping the good notes close at hand? When the world is tumbling you like you’re in a rock tumbler, are you able to remember that …

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Not Long Til Christmas

It’s barely more than three months until Christmas. In light of how 2020 has gone thus far, we might want to plan ahead for it just a bit. I’m not a last minute person, but I have always enjoyed the hunt for just the right gift for just the right person. Even so, I may have to switch tactics a bit this year. IF we’re not careful we will spend a lot of frustrated time comparing this Christmas to past years. But we will have more of a blessed time if we just take this year and enjoy what we …

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He Knows My Name

  As we age, remembering someone’s name, of whom you just met, can be a challenge. Calling someone by their name shows respect, and shows you care and that they are important. When you think of how big our God is, it’s hard to imagine that He knows every person’s name on the planet. But, He does. God is waiting on you. If you believe this, but don’t really know God, take a moment of your day and imagine a God who created the heavens and earth, knows you and knows your name. Talk to God as if He were …