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Apology: Asking for Forgiveness is Difficult but Freeing

Admitting we have hurt someone and asking for forgiveness can be difficult. A genuine apology shows obedience to God and frees us from sin and pain. Be kind to one another, compassionate, forgiving one another, just as God in Christ also forgave you. Ephesians 4:32, NET Polarizing Tactics For the first twenty-five years of our… Continue reading Apology: Asking for Forgiveness is Difficult but Freeing

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Abandon: Answering God’s Call to Surrender Our Lives

God would call us a thousand times if He has to. May we not ignore His call and surrender our lives to live for Him with reckless abandon. A few weeks ago, while driving to the beach with our oldest granddaughter, we drove Gary, my husband a bit mad with blasting chick music. Since she… Continue reading Abandon: Answering God’s Call to Surrender Our Lives

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First: Longing for God, the Lover and Keeper of Our Souls

Slipping into the rhythms and mindset of comparison is dangerous. We have illusive visions of ourselves, promoting self. We must remember the first longing of our souls, God’s love. To the angel of the church of Ephesus write,‘These things says He who holds the seven stars in His right hand, who walks in the midst… Continue reading First: Longing for God, the Lover and Keeper of Our Souls

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Hoped: Past or Present, God Reveals and Restores

Circumstances can pull us away from our once fierce hope in the Lord. We don’t know the whole story and must submit our “hoped for’s” to God’s plan. But we had hoped that he was the one to redeem Israel… Luke 24:21a, ESV The road to Emmaus…Cleopas, (and several scholars believe), his wife Mary, were… Continue reading Hoped: Past or Present, God Reveals and Restores

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Prayer: Avoid Living Recklessly by Inviting the Lord’s Daily Leading

When prayer isn’t a daily part of our lives, it causes us to live recklessly. Lacking prayer causes us to fall asleep to the Lord’s leading.  I was standing in Home Depot with my husband when I received a text from our daughter. She relayed a glorious, long-awaited answer to prayer for a beloved friend.… Continue reading Prayer: Avoid Living Recklessly by Inviting the Lord’s Daily Leading

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Altars: Readying Our Hearts for New Transformation

We can be distracted by the ways God showed up in the past, that we miss how He is showing up in the present. We dance around old altars, instead of readying our hearts for a new transformation. It seems to me that we often, almost sulkily, reject the good that God offers us because,… Continue reading Altars: Readying Our Hearts for New Transformation

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Stripping: When God Begins Removing To Bring Brokenness

God reveals idols in our hearts that keep us from being able to draw near to Him. This stripping process can be painful, but the outcome is a beautiful result.  Stripping – it isn’t a word we use often in the course of our daily lives. Unless we’re referring to furniture, the word has a… Continue reading Stripping: When God Begins Removing To Bring Brokenness

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Reflect: Living A Life That Expresses Confidence in Our Savior

Current Christian culture can tempt us into checking spiritual boxes to feel ‘good’. Our lives are to reflect confidence in a perfect, loving Savior.  Have you ever met a new acquaintance at a function, and she didn’t take a breath, talking about herself the entire time you were together? For maybe 30 minutes? Do you remember… Continue reading Reflect: Living A Life That Expresses Confidence in Our Savior

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Friend: Loving at All Times Through God’s Abundant Grace

We can all be tempted to be a superficial friend. Being a true friend requires God’s abundant grace to lay down our lives. Resting on my desk in a silver frame is a photo of beloved friends sitting, smiling, and leaning into each other around a table. It was taken at a favorite restaurant in… Continue reading Friend: Loving at All Times Through God’s Abundant Grace

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Forgetting: Leaving the Past Behind and Pressing On

Forgetting the past and pressing on towards the future can feel unobtainable. But the Lord calls us to witness the new things He is doing in our lives.  Ah, a new year is upon us yet again. (It will likely take me six months to remember to write 2019!) A new year can mean different… Continue reading Forgetting: Leaving the Past Behind and Pressing On