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This One Sunday

“And so here I am, preaching and writing about things that are way over my  head, The inexhaustible riches and generosity of Christ. My task is to bring out in the open and make plain what God, Who created all this in the first place, Has been doing in secret and behind the scenes all along.”  Ephesians 3:8 (MSG) Mental health illness and challenges; part of our family for over 20 years. Two decades  should have been enough time to identify, treat, deal and heal from mental illness,  so we could move on. I was tired.  The desire of my …

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Middle of Your Mess

    “The Blind and the lame came to Him at the temple, and he healed them. “ Mathew 21:14 (NIV) I can say with confidence that if someone you love suffers with mental health your life has experienced periods of chaos or messy circumstances.  These times may seem like everything around you needs a good straightening out.  The same mess may even  show up again after it has already been cleaned up once. During Holy Week every year I love to read the familiar stories written in the gospels about what Jesus endured during this time over 2000 years …

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Thankful For Your Thorns

      I give you thanks, O LORD, with my whole heart; before the gods I sing Your praise; I bow down toward Your holy temple and give thanks to Your name for Your steadfast love and Your faithfulness, for you have exalted above all things Your name and Your word. The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; Your steadfast love, O Lord, endures forever.  Do not forsake the work of Your hands. Psalms 138:1-2 & 8 (ESV) A common Thanksgiving activity of listing what we are grateful for most likely consists of pleasant items or relationships dearest …

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What and In Who Do You Choose to Believe

    What and In Who Do You Choose to Believe?   “And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.”  Genesis 15:6 (ESV) Life can be daunting, circumstances and the enemy can work against us and rob us of our joy and peace. However, we hold the power through the cross of Jesus Christ to allow the robbery or not. If you live in an area where even moderate crime exists do you not lock your doors to prevent robbery, or use an alarm system?  How much more should you protect your heart from anything …

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Will You Trust His Perfect Timing

  Ecclesiastes 8:6 (ESV) “For there is a time and a way for everything, Although man’s trouble lies heavy on him.” Surprisingly the first backup camera was used in 1956 on a Buick concept car and it wasn’t until 2014 the US Department of Transportation announced the camera requirement for new cars.  This technology made it easier for drivers to have wider views and see rear images clearly, which assisted drivers maneuvering their cars in a safer manner. As in life, clarity often comes when looking back through the rear-view camera or mirror.  Living with a  mental health diagnosis and …

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Show Me Your Glory

    Jesus said to her, “Did I not tell you that if you believed you would see the glory of God? “John 11:40 (ESV) I recall Christmas Eve several years ago suddenly waking at 4:30 am. I was about to  learn it would be a morning of great surrender, something I will never forget.  My morning routine was to fill a mug with coffee and then open my Bible. With Christmas lights twinkling, I continued with my routine, then lit the fireplace and began pouring out my heart to Father God. Sitting warm and cozy,  I read Scripture and …