REMEMBERING THE COST

It’s early on Monday morning and though I do not have to be at work today as it is a “holiday,” I am awake and thinking of my boys who do not get a “holiday” like we do. They are like so many others who have made sacrifices so that we, who live in America,…

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WALKING IN OBEDIENCE

I don’t know about you, but for me, sometimes walking in obedience to what God is calling me to do is hard. Not long ago, God put in front of me the opportunity to speak at a women’s retreat in Michigan and truthfully, it scared me. Fear began to rule my heart and I started…

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A LONG WALK IN THE SAME DIRECTION

Walking is my escape when the chaos of this world seems to close in around me. When the “high seas” of life begin to build, my first instinct has been to isolate myself. Years ago, when I found myself in the throes of depression, isolation was what I sought. I was constantly walking away from…

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A YEAR OF CHANGE

“God’s work in you is a process, not an event. It progresses not in three or four huge moments, but in ten thousand little moments of change.” Paul David Tripp, “New Morning Mercies,” page December 31; Crossway Publishing Here we are on the brink of saying goodbye to one year and ushering in a new…

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UP FROM THE DEPTHS

Have you ever looked closely at and considered the life of a water lily? After spending some time watching this amazing flower that grows from the depths of the water and emerges with such vibrancy, I began to connect a life lesson that is evident for anyone who takes the time to watch and listen.…

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THE INVITATION

Yesterday, a friend with beautiful gardens, invited me to come and pick any of her flowers as she was going to be leaving town for a few months. So, naturally, I accepted her invitation. Walking through her gardens, I began to slow down and really look at the design, the color, and the uniqueness of…

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THE DAY OF FREEDOM

How much do you know or remember about the day of freedom that we celebrate on July 4th? Has this day become just a day off work or school? A day where you get to go to the beach or have cookouts with family and then view the fireworks that your town displays? When is…

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STAND YOUR WATCH

Traveling to Europe, I have visited many castles that had once stood as mighty fortresses, but now only whisper of a time when kings and queens walked the halls, their eyes and ears open for signs of insubordination. Many of these castles had, in strategic places, a watchtower where trusted men would be placed round…

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“MY PEACE I GIVE YOU”

“Peace.” What do you think of when you say this word? Do you think peace is the absence of conflict? When no one is arguing in your house, or when the local news is filled with “happy” news and none of the violence that is typically displayed? This is peace in terms of the “world.”…

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IN THE STILLNESS OF THE MORNING

My soul waits in the stillness of the morning, Lord. Show me your wonders as my eyes watch and wait for the sunrise. Awaken my soul to your Words; speak to me, Jesus. The light begins to emerge and glitters of gold ripple across the waters. The sky, with its clouds of blue and grey,…

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