When Life Seems too Difficult…

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I often listen to audio sermons while cleaning the house.  I am able to get the many ‘necessary’ things done, while engaging my mind and furthering my understanding of spiritual matters.  For the most part, this is a purely intellectual exercise – increasing my knowledge of scripture, but not really leading to transformative change.  Since I am busy, I often neglect to quiet myself before God, and ‘listen’ to what He might have to say to my heart on the matter.  Every once in a while though, I … [Read more...]

How the Ordinary Becomes Extraordinary

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I am an ordinary person.  You probably are also. I am a minister’s wife, a mother of two, Bible study teacher, writer, blogger and a high school English teacher.  Our bank account will never see millions of dollars, unless I win that Publishers Clearing House Sweepstakes contest which I never enter, so that’s out.  My name will never be in lights unless at my funeral there is one of those small signs that I have seen in many small town funerals with the deceased’s name on it. Ever think on … [Read more...]

Blinding Gray

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Revelation 3:16: Blinding Gray Revelation 3:16 has always been a bit of a mystery to me since middle school, but the Holy Spirit has been pushing me to ponder and ask the Lord about it. It says “So then, because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out My mouth.” I can hear the Lords urgency and zealousness over me with a description that uses His name, my name, and vomit all in the same sentence. What is difficult to hear is the possible reason for His use of this type … [Read more...]

From Discarded to Light

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I frequent all the typical junk joints – flea markets, garage sales, thrift stores, etc., but curbside shopping is a personal favorite. Curbside shopping is open for business 24/7, any place, anytime for anybody. Best of all it’s FREE. You will rarely find something in someone’s bulk trash pile that doesn’t require some TLC and imagination. Not to mention you have to be willing to pull over, dig around until you find something and then put it in your car. It’s not for everyone. You’ll find like … [Read more...]

Where Would We Be Without Elvis?

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“I am the Lord, the God of mankind.  Is anything too hard for me?”                                                                                                 Jeremiah 32:27  O.K., I admit it;  I am a sucker for the old Elvis movies.  With their bad-acting and predictability, they still capture my attention every time.  Elvis has always interested me. Why, you might ask? First, he was a Southern boy, coming from an ordinary family, who never left his Southern roots.  His was truly a … [Read more...]

It’s Time For A Praise Break

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My topic comes from Psalm 117:1-2. It says, " Praise the Lord all you nations.  Extol him, all you peoples.  for great is his love toward us, and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever." This chapter of Psalm is another reason to praise the Lord. In this life, everyone is busy doing this and that, but sometimes, we need to stop, step back, and give God a praise!  When I take a moment and think back on my life, I can sincerely say, "God I thank you." I thank you for being you, and I … [Read more...]

Are Family Devotions Important?

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Do you do devotions with your family? Truth be told I did not until several years ago. For me it is important to raise my children in the ways of the Lord. But the busyness of life kept me from taking time daily to talk with my kids much about the Lord. I mean face it. If you are not very intentional, you could go through life without teaching them a lot of things. The point is when you want your kids to learn something new, you are very intentional about making sure they are taught. God is not … [Read more...]

Common Ground: The Road Less Traveled

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The Presence of God. Ruth and Naomi found themselves in very trying circumstances after each suffered the loss of a husband and the inescapable grief that accompanies death. Scripture gives us a snapshot into their lives and we get a glimpse of the strong bond of friendship that took place between Ruth and Naomi. Was it the deep sense of grief that brought these two women together in a way they had never experienced before? Perhaps these women were drawn to each other because they knew they were … [Read more...]

Uncharted Territory

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Happy New Year! These are the words ringing from every direction today.  Last night we kissed 2014 goodbye and said hello to a fresh new year.  Some people were happy to see it go.  Some were hoping the same good fortune of 2014 would follow them to the next. But whatever way we said goodbye to the old and hello to the new, what we all have in common is that this New Year is uncharted territory.  Not one of us knows the twists and turns that may occur this year.  Not one of us can plan for … [Read more...]

Go Be Love

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A friend of mine, Abby Pound, has recently started to paint. The pictures she paints are simple yet powerful. I bought a simple painting from her that had three words on it, “Go Be Love”. I look at these words and I could easily glance over them. But if we take a deeper look, we will find a beautiful challenge. LOVE:  First what does love mean? Is it the absence of fear? Is it the absence of hate? Many times in scripture Jesus challenges us to love. But why should we “Go Be Love”? Before I … [Read more...]