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Joy-Fillers vs. Joy-Stealers

We have all had times in our lives when we’ve felt discouraged. Perhaps someone said something to you that hurt your feelings and left you wondering, “Does my life really matter?” “Am I making a difference?” “Is God pleased with me?” Perhaps you are weary from the burdens of life and feel forsaken by all …

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A Way Through the Waters

How do you describe a moment that touches your soul? That’s what I am trying to do this morning. I’m searching for words, but finding them inadequate to describe the footprints left on my heart. But what about the Word? Jesus, the Word of Life. In Him, deep cries out to deep. The longing of …

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Walk With Him

Think back over the last 5 years. Have you purchased a new pair of shoes within that timeframe? Were they for comfort? Elegance? Business? Did you purchase them to match an outfit for a special occasion? Or were they for a more functional purpose, say boots to protect your feet on a hike? Whatever the …

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If the Shoe Fits … Rock It!

“Her shoes are cuter than my shoes!” I have made that statement at times, haven’t you? There have been times in my life when I have desperately wanted what another has, but the Lord has always been gracious to show me that, though I may want what that person has, I may not want to …

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In Her Shoes

  As I have been preparing for our up-coming Women’s Retreat, I’ve been immersed in thoughts of shoes as the theme for our retreat is In Her Shoes. I’ve been thinking about the kinds of shoes I wear versus the kinds of shoes you wear. The truth is, we all wear different shoes, literally and …

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20/20 Vision

Happy New Year! Last year, amid a time of confusion and wanting to seek the Lord’s will, I told a friend, “I just want clarity.” Her humorous response was, “Wait for next year, it’ll be 20/20 vision if ya know what I mean?” While she gave me a good laugh, I find myself thinking of those …

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Digging For Joy

It was a Sunday after church at our favorite lunch spot. I was staring down at my salmon salad when my husband exclaimed, “I don’t know why, but I’m so excited for the Christmas season this year….like more than normally.” Through gritted teeth and a glance down at my stomach, I responded, “I’m fighting for …

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Hark! The Herald Angels Sing

One of the most iconic Christmas carols of all time, Hark! The Herald Angels Sing, is a favorite during the holiday season. But if you’re like me, though you’ve sung the song hundreds of times, you’ve never really listened to the words. In fact, overtime these fascinating lyrics have become rote-like, their meaning lost because …

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Love’s Pure Light

While talking amongst my D-Group last week, we began to discuss the power of Jesus. Both fully man and fully God. The discussion was centered around the passage where the devil tries to tempt Jesus in the wilderness. We began to talk about the mystery of our Lord. You see, our Savior is both fully …

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What Are You Wearing?

The holidays are upon us, and in what should be one of the happiest times of the year, so many continue to struggle with depression and anxiety. Perhaps this season is a painful reminder of loss in your life, or maybe you’re affected by Seasonal Affective Disorder or anxiety. Whatever your situation, I know that …

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A Spirit of Thankfulness

This week is a holiday. One of Thanksgiving. Perhaps you have traditions with large family gatherings. Or maybe you do something simpler—you may even have to work on Thanksgiving. Perhaps you are looking forward to Thursday, or maybe you are dreading it. Maybe the holiday seasons will be extra hard this year because someone is …

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Digging Through Disappointment

Spending time with the Lord in many ways is like digging a well. Day after day, you dig. You read your Bible and can’t seem to understand anything. You pray, and feel like you’re hitting a wall. You get dirty. You sweat. You leave tired and still thirsty. You wonder if you’re doing something wrong. …

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Omnipresent

I am an only child. Growing up I spent a great deal of time with adults. I can’t even remember ever having a babysitter. I spent most of my time in the presence of others. At
home my parents gave me much attention, so much
so, that I grew accustomed to being in the presence of others …

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Refuge

Several years ago the Lord allowed me to experience this particular attribute in a real way. My daughter, Leanna, had to be hospitalized for an EEG. At that time, she
was six years old and being in the hospital surrounded by machines and unfamiliar people made her quite apprehensive. When undergoing an EEG, electrodes are glued …

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Provider

One of God’s many attributes and names is Jehovah-jireh. Inherent with this name and character of God is His desire to provide for His people. In Hebrew, jireh means “to see.” When paired with God’s covenant name, Jehovah, this name literally means that Jehovah will see to it. He sees and foresees. He is omniscient—He …

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Burden-Bearer

Hello! Even though it doesn’t quite feel like Fall, October has arrived. I don’t know about you, but sometimes toward the end of the year things can get a bit crazy. Between making it through the summer months and now looking forward to the holidays, it can seem like there is too much to do. …

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Dumbo the Flying Elephant

I’ve heard hundreds of times that “God works in mysterious ways,” and I know it’s true, but I never expected to see His caring love while watching guests at a Disney World attraction. Three weeks ago, I was waiting for my family to finish riding the Dumbo ride when I spotted an odd group. There …

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