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 Are Scared

As I stepped out on my favorite dock, I noticed that the water was higher than usual.  I felt uneasy as I walked to the edge because I’d never been on it with that deep water before.  I knew that if the water rose much higher, the dock could easily be emerged and flooded.  Do you ever feel like that in life sometimes?  I sure do, especially right now.  I don’t know why we’re called to the deep waters sometimes, and I don’t know why there are scary and unpredictable storms in life.  This reminds me of Peter walking on …

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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, and …

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We Can Trust Him On Our Journey

  I’ll never forget climbing the steep, rocky mountainsides of Petra… on a mule!! If you’re unfamiliar, Petra is an ancient city in Jordan that dates back to 300BC.  It is one of the world’s wonders as it used to be a thriving civilization.  Everything there is carved in rocks that are about 600ft tall.  Houses, temples, amphitheaters are all carved into rocks.  Perhaps the most recognizable site in Petra is The Treasury.  Most of you have probably seen this in the movie “Indiana Jones.”   The treasury is 130 ft tall, and the rocks surrounding The Treasury are about …

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We Can Trust Him When We are Anxious

Have any of you lost your kids?  I’ve lost one of my kids once.   It was actually at an Easter Egg hunt.  It was at one of those events where eggs are scattered in a huge field, and 200 kids are lined up, ready to grab all the candy-filled eggs they can.  I’ll never forget this hunt. As they counted down and the whistle blew, there was a sudden mass of kids.  Before I  knew it,  I couldn’t find my daughter.   Kids were everywhere, and all of a sudden, everything was a blur.  Everyone was moving so fast, …

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We Can Trust Him With Our Scars

    On a walk the other day, I found a leaf with a hole in the middle of it.  I held it up to the sun, and the sun shined perfectly through it.  It reminded me of the scars we all have.  It was a great illustration of how wounds and scars tell our story and how telling our story is part of our story.   The message from that leaf didn’t stop there.  I carried it with me for the rest of the walk and eventually ended up at a pond.  I felt I needed to release it …

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Faith Not Tested

          Faith that has not been tested is faith that cannot be trusted. If you’ve been a Christian more than 24 hours, then you can’t deny that your faith has already been tested. Moments after my conversion to Christ, the devil was trying to tell me, “that didn’t work, you’re not saved.” Testing our faith is one way that God determines our authenticity. God knows our heart already, He just wants to bring it out in our character. I’ve had my faith tested many many times over the years. Most of the time I failed the …

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Life’s Storms

The I 30 corridor…not a pleasant phrase when the storms are kicking through in East Texas. I watched them all day yesterday, first one tornado warning and then another. It was the positioning of the storms that gave me pause. So often in the past those East Texas storms would fly up the interstate and cause us problems in Arkansas. At one point I got a text from a precious cousin, whose daughter and husband were on their way to a storm shelter near Texarkana. We prayed together via text and asked God to watch over them. Finally, the storms …

Hello From the Pit

  Have you ever felt like you had been thrown into a lion’s den knowing the lions were hungry and ready to eat? Be honest, I’m sure you have felt that way at one point in time.  I know I have.  Matter of fact, I feel like I live down there with the lions a lot of times. Every day, I wake up surprised to still be alive but at the same time in awe of my Savior that continues to shut the lion’s mouth.  That doesn’t mean that it is not a nasty place to be.  Imagine, living there among the bones, …

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Anchor of Trust

With our new internet we decided to try tv as well. We have been off the grid with regular channels for quite a few years. Now I love getting to watch home remodeling and such again. But some of those channels now have programs that we just have to avoid. Things have changed on tv. Things are changing in the world as well. But we can’t give up, can we? Just as we pray for our loved ones and friends, so too we keep praying for our country, our leaders and those who wish to destroy our godly heritage. It’s …

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Your Source

My wonderful husband takes such good care of me. He made it so my feet would be warm at night. He placed our electric mattress pad on the bed for me. I turned it on and wow it was nice. The next night I thought I turned it on again, only it was just the small heating pad lying on the floor beside the bed. Well the spot on the carpet was warm but not my feet! Finally after turning things off and on and not feeling warm at all I realized something. The heating mattress pad was not on …

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What About That Mountain?

We went up on the mountain this past weekend. The first time my husband took me on the Talimena Scenic Drive was back in 1973 and it was on a gold Honda motorcycle. I should say attempted, because back then there were no trees lining the ride up. It was not so pleasant and finally I asked him to please turn around. We didn’t make it all the way to the lodge then. The next attempt was later and it was some easier for me. Finally, after all these years, it’s a piece of cake. We know that road like …