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Discomfort

        God created each of us for so much more than just to be happy and satisfied. There are times when our joy in life comes with taking risks, pushing yourself beyond what you thought you could do. A few years ago when I stood on top of a 14,000 foot mountain I felt so alive, like I just conquered the world. If you’re comfortable with how things are going, you’re not going to be hungry for righteousness sake. God allows a little adversity in our life at times to remind us who He is. He came …

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New Identity of Praise

Reflections from Corinne’s Garden: God’s Designed Pathway to the Sacrifice of Praise In our third day of looking at how we reflect on lifting a sacrifice of praise let’s continue in Colossians 3:10 which speaks of focusing our new identity in Christ. “And have put on the new self, which is being renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator.” Colossians 3:10 (NIV) My ID card Reads: Image Bearer of God ‘Who am I? What is my identity? This was a thought that crossed my mind today as I watched people come and go throughout the park. The sun sparkles through …

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True Sacrifice of Praise

Reflections from Corinne’s Garden:God’s Designed Pathway to the Sacrifice of Praise   True Sacrifice of Praise Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” It’s raining in Corinne’s Garden; I’m sitting in a sheltered corner enjoying the fresh, renewing shower.  In today’s devotional we will finish off our week by following God’s Designed Pathway by going to the Word of God to learn of our true sacrifice of praise. My thoughts are centered on how God continues to renew my mind as He teaches me what a true sacrifice of praise is. It’s praising Him …

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Recognizing His Work

    Are you recognizing His work in your life? Have you thanked Him for what He has done? Thank Him and praise Him for what he is doing in your midst. Live in a way that is pleasing to Christ. Don’t stand down but stand out and get excited to share His word today and every day that He wakes you up. He died on the cross so you can have an intimate relationship with Him so you can share His goodness to others so none of His children perish. Live for Him and rid yourselves of anything that …

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Ctrl-Alt-Del

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. (Philippians 4:8 ESV)   I am sure we can all agree that there is so much negativity going on in this world right now. Everywhere you turn, everywhere you read, it can be hard to escape and this morning especially as I felt the heaviness of the consequences of evil, I needed a word and a reminder on what to focus on during this …

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Do Your Valleys Outnumber Your Peaks

2020 may have seemed like the longest, darkest valley in your life, but there was always hope to those who trust in God. I’ve literally hiked to the top of a 14,000 foot mountain, and I can tell you that it was one of the most alive feelings I’ve ever experienced. And there’s also been emotional and spiritual moments of greatness where I wanted to leave this earth and go straight to heaven. The peaks in life are blessings and the favor of God. I imagine Heaven might be like that. Everlasting peaks! I’ve had my share of valleys too. …

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Invading Your Thoughts

What is invading your thoughts? What keeps you up at night? Does worry ravage most of your day? Whatever it is, you’re probably not alone. Growing up, and even now, I never liked to lose. Whether it’s losing my keys, a job promotion. It has never been easy losing a loved one. Losing anything keeps me a little unsettled at times. As I see it, giving into a perilous outlook on life will get you nowhere. So, why not be proactive and capture those mindless, worrisome thoughts and replace them with premeditated reflection of something fun, exciting and memorable. Christ …

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Life is Good But God’s Love Is Better

Because your love is better than life, my lips will glorify you. Psalm 63:3 Life is good. You’ve probably said that a few times – perhaps in response to a passing “How are you?” from a friend. The response has become almost a cliché, on par with: Can’t complain! Awesome! Fine! Great! One organization has successfully transformed “life is good” into a thriving business. (Maybe you own a Life Is Good tee shirt.) Their mission is to spread the power of optimism and their tag line reads:  LIFE IS NOT PERFECT. LIFE IS NOT EASY. LIFE IS GOOD. As a follower of Christ, …

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Put Off Desperation Put On Praise

  As I sit here this morning I look at my desktop wallpaper. I am reminded that it is a photo of what I would like to have. A screen porch with comfy chairs looking out onto a wooded back yard. It’s an idyllic setting to me. It’s not my screen porch but it’s certainly my dream porch.   Oh beloved, what are you waking up to this morning? Unrest and insecurity? Looking for your idyllic setting? Wishing you were elsewhere? Wishing things were different? Wondering what happened to your peace in your own place of beauty?   God speaks …

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Praising God at All Times

A favorite scripture passage of mine is Exodus 15. It is the song of Moses and the Israelites after they crossed the Red Sea on dry land. Verse after verse paints a vivid picture of God’s unfailing character. I especially love verse 11 that says, “Who among the gods is like you, O Lord? Who is like you—majestic in holiness, awesome in glory, working wonders?” The Israelites experienced God’s power first-hand as He parted the waters, allowed them to walk through on the floor of the sea, and drowned their Egyptian enemies. It’s interesting, though, no sooner than the praising …

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Running Buddies

Perhaps you’ve never ventured into the world of running and races. Maybe you don’t even want to! But even if your toes never see the inside of an athletic shoe, I want to suggest that you make sure you have some amazing running buddies in your life! As the cooler weather descends and the trees unveil their decadent autumn foliage, it seems only right to start turning our hearts toward gratitude. And I, for one, am grateful to the point of being humbled for the group I call my running buddies. Let’s be clear from the start. I don’t actually …

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Sacrifice of Praise

Hebrews 13: 15 “through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise-the fruit of lips that openly profess His name.” The phrase “sacrifice of praise” has been ringing in my ears and lingering in my thoughts for weeks.  Over and over again I hear these words “sacrifice of praise” as I struggle to understand what the Lord is teaching me.  And in true fashion, today He revealed it to me and even gave me a song to sing!  No, don’t worry I will not record my voice and make you listen.  I will, however, as part …