Archive | July, 2017

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YOUR EMPTY HANDS

Do not be thinking of how little you have to bring God, but of how much He wants to give you. He is the giver of all good gifts. Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17…

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A TONGUE ON FIRE

How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! And the tongue is a fire, a world of unrighteousness. James 3:5-6 Look in the Mirror I begin my day by looking in the mirror. At first glance my reflection is blurry, out of focus. Lenses go in and sight is corrected. Thanks…

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YOUR 20/20 VISION

It’s no coincidence that being watchful and prayerful are coupled by the apostle Paul in his letter to the Colossians: “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” The word watchful is a throwback to the ancient watchmen whose job it was to sit on the city walls and scan the horizon for attacking armies…

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WHEN IRONING IS HOLY WORK

She lifts the ironing board from the hooks on the back of the laundry room door. There’s just enough floor space between the laundry baskets and the litter box to set up her work station. The ironing board could use some WD-40 but the finger-nails-on-a-chalkboard-screeching-sound it makes as she opens it, is a welcome prelude…

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YOUR WILLINGNESS TO WAIT

Suppose a man made me a hundred promises. And he had ten years to fulfill them. In the next month the ten years would expire. He has fulfilled 99 of the promises and he is able to fulfill the other. Would not I have good reason to trust him that he would fulfill it? The…

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FOR WHEN YOU’RE TIRED OF BEING STRONG

Do not pray for an easier life, pray to be a stronger person. A poster with that quote hung in my kitchen 20 years ago. I was a young wife and mother of 3, working full-time, trying to be a strong person but secretly wishing for an easier life. Tired of Being Strong Fast forward…

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YOUR PERSONAL INVITATION

Come into my presence, says God. Talk to me. Share all your concerns. I’m keenly interested in you, because I’m your Father. I’m able to help, because all power in heaven and on earth is mine. And I’m listening very closely, hoping I will hear your voice. Did you get that? God is listening very…

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YOUR EVERYDAY EXPERIENCE OF GOD

You must arrange your days so that you are experiencing deep contentment, joy, and confidence in your everyday life with God. But how can I have total contentment, joy, and confidence? My work isn’t going nearly well enough. Lots of people are not happy with me. I feel I am inadequate in all I do….

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