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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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The Spirit God Gave Us

“For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7 A Spirit of Fear Surely all of us, at one time or another, feel fear or have felt fear. Fear has become a natural emotion. In this world, we feel afraid because we are living by worldly standards and we all know who rules this world. He makes us to forget that fear is NOT within the spirit our God gave us. A Spirit of Power The same power that brought Jesus back from the dead …

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The Ultimate Encourager

  Encourage~ to inspire with courage, spirit or hope; to spur on, give support; to help When I look at the definition of encourage, all I see is Jesus.  He is the ultimate Encourager; He never stops spurring us on or dampens His encouragement for His children.  As believers and followers of Him, He has sent us a “helper” too, His Holy Spirit. “And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, to be with you forever.” John 14: 16 (ESV) With this “Helper” inside of us, we, too, are able to be a source of encouragement for …

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Perfect Love

Our Stella was the star in the Christmas program at their church. There hasn’t been such a perfect star in history as far as we grandparents are concerned! She was delightful, adorable and the star outfit fit her perfectly. She walked in right on cue, carried herself onto the stage and stood with the entire cast and sang her little heart out. How is it that perfection can walk around as a little girl? Could it be because we love her? We absolutely do and so as far as we are concerned, she’s perfect. The same is true for all …

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The Best is Love

  Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it can’t have. Love doesn’t strut, doesn’t have a swelled head, doesn’t force itself on others, isn’t always “me first,” doesn’t fly off the handle, doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, doesn’t revel when others grovel, takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, puts up with anything, trusts God always, always looks for the best, never looks back, but keeps going to the end… We don’t yet see things clearly. We’re squinting in a fog, peering through a mist. But it won’t …

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Learning To Love

  The word ‘love’ has been defined in so many ways. There is ‘first love,’ ‘puppy love,’ ‘true love,’ etc. The list goes on and on. Human love wears out, but God’s love lasts forever. For those of you who are married, or were married, know that love at first looks different from love 5 years later. Most couples will start arguing on their honeymoon night. This is actually the norm. Think about it; two people, possible complete opposite personalities, all of a sudden, living together and making decisions daily. Disagreement is normal. It’s ok to disagree. Love is a …

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Paralyzed

When my husband was temporarily paralyzed from a stroke, I got paralyzed too – by fear. Although hubby’s paralysis left and it’s never recurred, my paralysis tries to come back on occasion. Can anyone relate? Oh beloved, fear is the ultimate “paralyzer”. It will grab you and keep you from moving forward. It will tie you to the bed of sorrow and cause you to remain immobile and unmovable. But our God is a forward God. His momentum is to compel us to live a forward facing, continually moving in the Spirit life. No one is ever meant to succumb …

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My Psalm

A Psalm is a sacred song or hymn used in worship… the following Psalm was written by Sarah Heringer during a time of Bible study, as a means of worship to her Heavenly Father.   You are my strength because I am weak. You get me through and lift me up. My hope is in you.  You love me! Always and forever and all the time. I miss it sometimes, Lord. I don’t listen, see or feel you and I give up. I have doubted your goodness and faithfulness But all I have to do is look back and see …

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The Wind

My husband grew up riding his motorcycle in the wind. It is almost always blowing out in West Texas. So when we traveled out west and into New Mexico and Arizona, it was not a problem for him. Not so for me. It was crazy. We’d be so leaned over in the wind that when a semi passed us we seemed to shoot straight up and then back down as the wind returned when the truck went by. I had two choices – I had to lean with Danny into the wind or be completely miserable. Don’t ask how many …

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Restored and Redeemed: A Marriage Story

We all have a story to tell. I would like to think that mine is not much different than yours, but I know that it probably is. As I think about celebrating 41 years of marriage, I know there was a time that the word “celebration” would not have been a part of my vocabulary in speaking about my life with my sweet, precious, ever patient husband. God knew when I married this man that my relationship with him would be filled with so many ups and downs, so many trials, but also so many joys….and He knew that this …

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Love & Sacrifice

Love. We’ve been hurt by it and we’ve been blessed by it. People have even died for it. Love evokes a passion from within us. However, for a lot of us love can be so confusing. How can one fall in love and then years later fall out of love? How does that work? Is love really so frivolous? Is love really that unreliable? Despite the passion that lives in that one little word, we have managed to water it down. Love has become this abstract concept that our culture distorts for its own purposes. In fact, love has become …

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His Way is Better

My life is not at all what I thought it would be, and nowhere close to what I “hoped” it would be when I was growing up. I don’t say that regretfully. The Lord has shown me so many times that my thoughts are not His thoughts and His ways are not my ways. Praise the Lord for that! Sometimes in life, we end up being most grateful for the things in life that at that time we hated the most. I look back over my life and see fingerprints of God all over it. Places I lived, people I …