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Release: Letting Go of Our Control and Clinging to the Lord

When we release our worry and control to the Lord and cling to His promises, we can experience genuine freedom in our lives. A few mornings ago, I awoke at dawn to the familiar sound of birds chirping outside my bedroom window. A refreshing stretch of beautiful spring weather has called for sleeping with the… Continue reading Release: Letting Go of Our Control and Clinging to the Lord

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Restoration: Allowing The Lord to Heal Our Brokenness with Beauty

When we hand over the broken pieces of our hearts to the Lord, we can expect restoration. We emerge from His mending with even greater beauty and value. A few years ago, I found myself in one of the most lovely places I’ve ever seen: Duck, North Carolina. A tiny barrier island at the northernmost… Continue reading Restoration: Allowing The Lord to Heal Our Brokenness with Beauty

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Beauty: Allowing the Lord to Restore Our Brokenness

When we allow the Lord to restore the brokenness in our hearts, He makes us into something beautiful. Indeed, He makes all things beautiful in His time. Beauty for ashes.  A few weeks ago I attended a friend’s beautiful birthday celebration. But this was no ordinary birthday party! It was a Girl’s Day (and night)… Continue reading Beauty: Allowing the Lord to Restore Our Brokenness

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Align: Thinking Thoughts and Speaking Words of Truth

When our thoughts about ourselves and others align with the truth of God’s Word, the words we speak will be life-giving to those around us.  As is so often the case, recently I’ve been learning a lot about this walk of faith through parenting my children. I have an eight-year-old son and a six-year-old daughter,… Continue reading Align: Thinking Thoughts and Speaking Words of Truth

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Feed: Nourishing Our Spirit with The Daily Bread of The Word

Just as we need to feed our natural bodies with wholesome food, we must nourish our spirit with the daily bread of The Word of God.  O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him. Psalm 34:8 Folks, I’m sorry to announce this, but I’ve become one… Continue reading Feed: Nourishing Our Spirit with The Daily Bread of The Word

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Dreams: Receiving Instruction, Warning, and Prophecy from The Lord

The Lord can speak to us in our dreams. Whether it’s an instruction, warning, or vision of things to come, we need to pay attention to what He’s showing us. For God speaketh once, yea twice, yet man perceiveth it not. In a dream, in a vision of the night, when deep sleep falleth upon… Continue reading Dreams: Receiving Instruction, Warning, and Prophecy from The Lord

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Obeying: Learning to Be Hearers and Doers of The Word

To fully follow Christ, we must learn that obeying God means not only being hearers of the Word but doers also. Understanding God’s commands required following through as well.  It’s not a subject that’s all flashy and dressed up in lights. In fact, it’s a topic that some preachers try not to touch, even with… Continue reading Obeying: Learning to Be Hearers and Doers of The Word

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Shepherding: Sharing Christ’s Love with The Least of These

When we share the love of Christ with young people who are hurting, we can change the course of their lives. Shepherding in love is one way to do this.  I can almost feel the shock of cold in my fingertips as I recall those early winter morning walks to catch the school bus. Now… Continue reading Shepherding: Sharing Christ’s Love with The Least of These

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Rainbow: Seeking and Recognizing Signs from God

The Lord knows we need to see signs from Him in order to believe. So as we walk with Him, we can ask for and receive a rainbow that builds our faith.  Then Jesus said to him, Unless you people see signs and wonders, you will by no means believe. John 4:48, NKJV The Rainbow…… Continue reading Rainbow: Seeking and Recognizing Signs from God

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Newness: Learning to Live As New Creatures in Jesus Christ

As born again believers, we leave behind our old, sinful nature to live in the newness of Jesus Christ. This is a choice we can make with the newness of each day. As a new year is upon us, I imagine that many people are eagerly anticipating something new. But as with any transition, I… Continue reading Newness: Learning to Live As New Creatures in Jesus Christ