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Discard The Leftovers

This morning as I realize our refrigerator is full past capacity and bursting at the seams with leftovers, I am trying to remember what my parents did with the leftover Christmas food. We will keep those delectable dishes for a couple of days – maybe even have a plate or two of the remains. But beyond that I have learned to discard it before it ruins altogether. So not only will our beloved live now crunchy Christmas tree go, so will the holiday food. Oh beloved, we may all want to discard the leftovers of our holiday meals, but there …

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The Meaning Of Christmas Continues

This morning I remember the year my mother kept Christmas up until March! She had a lovely artificial tree that she didn’t take down for three months after Christmas. I don’t even remember why now, but I do remember Christmas lasted a long while at her house that year. God speaks to my heart this morning. Christmas, the holiday, maybe over. But Christmas, the meaning, is never over. Oh beloved, whether you put away the festive décor of Christmas today or a month from today doesn’t matter. What matters is that you never put Christmas away – the true meaning …

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Christmas Is A Lot Like A Wedding

I told someone Christmas is a lot like a wedding. So much time spent in preparation and poof it’s over! For better or worse richer or poorer, this year’s celebration is behind us. Are we happy with the day and the time and money we spent on it? Or are we going to rehash disappointments and wonder if anyone enjoyed it? Oh beloved don’t let the enemy steal your rights. You have the right to live without worry- worry that you didn’t fulfill someone else’s plans. Worry that you did too much or too little. Don’t allow the enemy of …

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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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Something New To Learn

Can you remember going back to school after the Christmas holidays? Everyone would talk about their Christmas gifts and their Christmas visits with family. One thing I don’t remember is it being hard to get back in the swing of things. As an employee who gets nearly two full weeks off for Christmas, I find it not nearly as easy as being a kid returning to school. LOL But just like school, there’s always something new to learn at work. And even the old, regular processes of doing things, I sometimes have to reread the instructions to make sure I …

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Grave Clothes?

Where Danny grew up you can see for miles and miles and more miles. At night is especially so. The lights of Danny’s hometown can be seen from just outside the larger city, roughly 45 miles away. So it’s no surprise that we could see the yellow house of his aunt and uncle long before we got there. It has changed, but it remains the same. Good memories dwell in the yard and house. Our daughters’ first horse rides happened there along with other family fun. One can also see the cemetery where his father is laid to rest long …

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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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Scam Proof Living

We got a call Sunday from a “census worker”. She said she was calling to confirm our address. Since it was a cell phone from northwest Arkansas and knowing I’d completed the census online months ago, I politely declined and hung up on her. It’s amazing the scams that are going around these days. Oh beloved, the enemy loves to scam people. He pretends to be in the know. He shares his knowledge with whoever will listen. Trouble is he is a lying liar. It’s his nature to lie, cheat and steal. His scams are the same types over and …

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Our Present Darkness

As I came into the dark bedroom one morning where the computer/office is now I noticed something in the chair. I reached out to touch it in the dark and it was a group of tiny stuffed animals all arranged just so. One of the grands had been playing in this room and the evidence sat mutely there. I laughed as I switched on the light and discovered which toys they were. Without the light I had no idea what it was. Oh beloved, God speaks to my heart. Sometimes we just have to reach out in the dark. We …