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As the Rains Come Down

Rain from storms have been falling down recently in Southern California. Some may laugh at those of us who don’t care to be out in the weather or driving in it. I come from the midwest where there is rain and snow and storms all the time. We desperately need the rain here in California, but I have grown to appreciate sunny, dependable days and don’t realize how spoiled I am until faced with weather changes. Not all days are sunny and dependable and the rains do come down in our lives. How we deal with those rains says a …

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Contentment

Covetousness is very subtle. Can you honestly say you are satisfied and content with everything around you? Being content is a learned attitude. I’ve never met a toddler who is content all day long. Jesus tells us to not worry about what we eat, where we live or if we’ll have enough (paraphrased). I’ll admit. It’s hard being content in this world we live in. We all yearn for change in our surroundings and in other people. I’ll keep resting in God’s promises while remembering His blessings. Ecclesiastes 5:10 – “Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is …

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Trusting in the Power of Christ

  Early in my ministry, I often exhausted myself trying to manage everything. Though I knew with certainty my assignment came directly from God, I routinely behaved as if He expected me to carry the load alone. As if results came through sheer grit rather than the works of His hands. When one of my team members forgot or failed to complete a task, I felt responsible to step in and catch every ball that happened to get dropped. Though I talked a great deal about faith-filled, surrendered living, I routinely behaved as if our results depended on me. Unfortunately, …

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Quiet

For thus said the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel: By waiting and by calm you shall be saved, in quiet and in trust shall be your strength. Isaiah 30:15 NAB Quiet Being quiet is not looked up on well. In any scenario, the louder and bolder party is seen as better. Quietness might be interpreted as weakness, submission, vulnerability. So how can quietness be our strength? Quietness can give rise to trust. “Be still, and know that I am God;” Psalm 46:10. Quietness implies that someone else is in action, doing the work. It links to trust because it requires that …

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Trust Brings Overflowing Hope

          “May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:13 Overflowing hope. Hard to ponder the magnitude of what that means. Hope on steroids? Hope beyond imagination? Hope that defies the imagination? Perhaps it is all that and more. And it can be ours … it is ours! This overflowing hope is one of the many by-products that come to those of us who trust in Him. To trust in God is …

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The Wind and the Waves Obey Him

I woke up to the sound of wind and rain, so I checked the weather channel to see just how windy it was. To my surprise it said, “wind out of the WSW at 0 miles an hour”. It thought it was wind, but maybe it was just rain. What I did notice while on the website was a weather link that read, “extreme drought prompts governor to call for weekend of prayer”. So much comes to mind in those messages. I remembered the Scriptures that say the wind and the waves obey Him. Aren’t we glad we aren’t bound …

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A Psalm for All the Days of Our Lives

    Are you old enough to remember the Florida Orange Growers TV commercial from the 70’s?  It featured folks of various ages and stages of life pausing in their day to drink a big glass of cold, refreshing orange juice and then declare: juice – It’s not just for breakfast anymore! That commercial came to mind as I studied Psalm 23. Inspired by the Floridians, let’s coin our own phrase: Psalm 23 – It’s not just for funerals anymore! (And it really never was!) While it my be the most-quoted passage for funerals, this poetic Psalm provides truth for every …

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Finding Peace

        The Lord woke me last night with a very powerful word. I scrambled in my sleepiness to reach the nightstand for my phone so I could jot it on the notepad. I was sure that if I didn’t do so, I would forget it by morning. But I didn’t forget. That word stuck with me. The Lord said, “Anxiety is satan’s leverage over your life.” Whoa. I have battled anxiety my entire life. As a child, I didn’t know what was wrong with me and no one else seemed to either. The dread of going to school was so bad that …

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Sure Enough

When I was a child if my parents said “we’ll see” then it usually actually meant probably not. It was a polite phrase for no. LOL But yesterday evening I heard the phrase “Sure Enough”. And then I remembered I saw our jonquils budding out in the flower bed. I knew that while we had that heavy snow it wouldn’t last forever and the jonquils would bloom right away. “Sure enough” they are blooming! Oh beloved, God speaks to our hearts. Sure enough the jonquils ARE blooming. The snow didn’t stop them and neither did the cancellation of jonquil and …

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Peace in Peril

  In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for you alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.(Psalm 4:8) We have officially begun the start of the first weekend of the seventh month, known to be the Sabbath month; a month seen by many religious leaders as a time to “rest” and recuperate spiritually. I thought about that today as our world seems so rest-less, convoluted and more and more confusing, which can create anything but rest. Have you sensed it? Can you feel it? Or is it just me? We are in some perilous times indeed but just …

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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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God’s Promised Presence

  “this is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the lord your god is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 Where are you going today?  Where are you going tomorrow?  Where are you going the next day, or the next week, month or year?  We do not know, do we?  I  might make plans, book trips, travel to the grocery store, or even  around the world, but I  really do not know for sure exactly what will occur. What I  do know, because I  know Jesus, is no matter where I  go, what I …