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Past: Leaving Resentment and Pain Behind Us to Live Freely

The holiday season can quickly bring up old wounds and resentments within us that cause pain or anger. Leaving the past behind enables us to love freely.  Most of us have spent the first of America’s two major holidays of the year with members of our extended family. For various reasons, many of these family… Continue reading Past: Leaving Resentment and Pain Behind Us to Live Freely

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Counterfeit: Why We Settle For Fake Jesus When He Offers the Real Thing

When we apply addition to the gospel of salvation – Jesus + the Law, Jesus + works – it becomes counterfeit. It is no longer about Jesus, but about us. My mom raised me with this example: Having grown up impoverished, she was determined to own nice things as an adult. She had a nose… Continue reading Counterfeit: Why We Settle For Fake Jesus When He Offers the Real Thing

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Wait: Allowing Stillness in the Lord to Become Dancing

So much of life is waiting. It’s easy to allow our minds to race towards an ‘out’, but it’s in the wait, in the stillness that we find our faithful Lord.  I’ve kept a quote before me for years, decades now, I guess. It goes with me on my desk from location to location. Somehow… Continue reading Wait: Allowing Stillness in the Lord to Become Dancing

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Beloved: Accepting Our Position As Dear to God’s Heart

The words “chosen” and “beloved” can feel like a foggy memory from a story about someone else we vaguely remember. The Truth is, we are His beloved.  For the past few months, I have been doing a personal 8-week Bible study on Ephesians…I’m in week 3. (Don’t judge me). If you read my last devotional… Continue reading Beloved: Accepting Our Position As Dear to God’s Heart

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Holding Fast: Letting Go and Allowing God to Guide Toward Peace

How do we respond in the unexpected disappointments of life? We must learn to let go of our natural responses. Holding fast to God, while He guides us towards peace.  We find by losing. We hold fast by letting go. We become something new by ceasing to be something old. Frederick Buechner Letting go, so… Continue reading Holding Fast: Letting Go and Allowing God to Guide Toward Peace

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Shelter: Allowing God to Teach Us How to Be Safe People

The world is full of unsafe people, but God urges His children to be the safety. A person who will love and shelter, even in the presence of an insecure relationship.  Safe…who or what comes to your mind when you read that word? I know I should say JESUS, but I immediately think of my… Continue reading Shelter: Allowing God to Teach Us How to Be Safe People

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Obedience: How Do We Speak In A Culture That Isn’t Listening?

Today we are living in a time of spiritual drought. God told Ezekiel, His prophet, to stand up and speak out. He calls us to the same obedience. Today I had coffee with a sweet friend. She and her husband recently visited the Creation museum, which is located in northern Kentucky. They both admired the… Continue reading Obedience: How Do We Speak In A Culture That Isn’t Listening?

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Weakness: A Curse For Humanity or a Blessing From God?

Weakness is hidden in our culture. It conjures up negative images. Chronic, and mental illness can feel like a curse, leaving us drained and tired of feeling weak. The first time I heard the word weak used in a disapproving way was in reference to my mom when I was 13 or 14. Dad had called my… Continue reading Weakness: A Curse For Humanity or a Blessing From God?

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Thirst: Quenching the Desire Deep Within Our Soul

We are thirsty creatures. There are different types of thirst and we search for a drink all of our lives. Some people are quenched while others are not… During the month of May and early June, my husband and I devoted the Sabbath to visiting my older brother and only sibling. Each week we witnessed his life… Continue reading Thirst: Quenching the Desire Deep Within Our Soul

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Garbage: Exposing Filthy Sin That Has Been Buried

A lot of garbage is being revealed in the #MeToo movement, both inside and outside of the Church. How are Christian women suppose to respond? I was in my thirties the first time a spiritual leader gravely disappointed me. Perhaps I was blind up to that point or simply naive, or maybe it was a… Continue reading Garbage: Exposing Filthy Sin That Has Been Buried