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Monkey Bars Faith

This morning I remember how the playground was so much fun at school. One of my favorites was the monkey bars. Swinging from one bar to another to get across with your feet dangling in the air was so much fun. But you had to get the rhythm right. You had to let go of one bar to get swing to the next. Anyone who held onto two bars at once usually ended up dropping to the ground in defeat. Oh beloved, life is a lot about letting go of one thing to move on to the next. For sure …

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The Platter

When I was making the most recent birthday cake I had a particular platter that I wanted to put it on. Try as I might to look for it I could not find it anywhere. I could even remember putting it somewhere but couldn’t quite remember just where. Then while I was texting my precious cousin sister friend in faith, I told her to please pray that I would find that platter. She prayed right there on the text. And I told her I would text her as soon as I found it. I returned to the search with a …

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God Gives Evidence

We have enjoyed what has been a pretty mild summer so far. No temps over 100 degrees yet at all. I like that. I could do without the usual soaring thermometer readings altogether. But the weather people are saying this week is going to be tipping if not over 100. I’m glad that those in charge of weather reporting can warn us when a storm is brewing, when a hurricane is forming and when the temps will soar. We can be prepared at least somewhat. Or can we? Oh beloved, don’t hold your breath for everything you have heard to …

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Choosing to Trust God

    Even in a time of great suffering and affliction, David begins his worship with a declaration of his trust in God:In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.  What if we chose to do the same? How easy it is to declare our trust after the crisis, after the provision, after God has answered our prayers, and after He has provided all we need. It requires little faith to declare we trust Him after—but a great deal of faith to trust in advance (and in the midst) of the crisis. Perhaps it is a mindset that comes …

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Time to Trust

      “Trust in him at all times, you people: pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.” Psalm 62:8 The Psalmist instructs us to trust at all times. “All times” includes: Times of plenty and times of want Times with and times without Monday morning and Friday night Anxiety and peace Debt-free and bankrupt Benign and malignant Rough waters and smooth sailing All means all. Life tells me that believers run to God in times of difficulty but tend to “drift” when all is well. Has that been your experience?  Looking over my shoulder, I …

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Trusting That He Knows

    “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11  God has a plan for us. It is a plan for our good. His plan includes prosperity and hope. Is it enough that we know that He knows what the plan is? Do we insist on knowing all the details in advance? Knowing that He knows and being okay with not yet knowing ourselves is choosing to walk by faith. By its definition, faith includes an element …

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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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Trusting Him for Then…and for Now

When they heard all he was doing, many people came to him … those with diseases were pushing forward to touch him. Mark 3:8a, 10b As word of His ministry spread, Jesus was forced more and more to retreat and pull back from the crowds.  They pressed in and followed – not because they wanted to hear His teaching, but because they wanted to experience and see the miracles He could perform.  They wanted the blessings…but they didn’t necessarily want HIM. It sounds a bit like the prosperity gospel teachers of today who try to “market” Jesus with promises of …

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Love — Protects, Trusts, Hopes, Perseveres

Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. I Corinthians 13:6-7   If asked to define love, many of us would use words like joy, delight, and acceptance.  Some might describe butterflies in the stomach, floating on air, or extreme happiness. But when Paul wrote to the Corinthians, he talked more about what love does than about how it feels. And he also used an extreme qualifier: always. He tells us that love protects, trusts, hopes, and perseveres. And he added that love always does these things. In …

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A Pregnant Pause

Have you been wondering lately what God is trying to convey to you in this season we are all in or is it just me? I had a recent conversation with a group of friends that I pray with every Thursday evening and I mentioned that I felt like I was on pause and needed prayer in order to learn the lesson that I need to learn to graduate to the next level that God is taking me to. Although there is so much happening all around us and its literally hard to keep track of what is the latest …

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Are You Running From What is Right

  If you’re a Christian, you probably know about the story of Jonah in the Bible. You know, the guy who gets swallowed up by a large fish? Well, you also know that this was no coincidence that this happened. God was trying to get Jonah’s attention. You think He did what He was set out to do? I think so. You see, Jonah knew what was right. He knew where God told him to go, but he ran from it, and you see the trouble he got in by not listening to God. This happens to a lot of …

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We Can Trust Him When We Step Out in Faith

    The other morning I felt the urge to go on a walk outside, but I took one look outside and decided that was a bad idea.  In fact, I had reasonable justification not to go.  1. It was foggy; I wouldn’t be able to see.  2. It was cold; I hate the cold.  3. I didn’t get very much sleep last night; I’m tired.  However, the feeling was so strong that I decided to get on my winter workout clothes and go.  I got my music ready, mustered up the courage, took one step outside, and turned around, …