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Understanding GOD

Forgiveness is…

Today’s thoughts are on forgiveness. This is a very delicate subject in the life of an abuse survivor. So I wanted to explore it by turning it around and examining it from many perspectives. First, let’s define forgiveness itself. Forgiveness is the offer of willingly setting aside the just punishment someone is due for an offense or debt against you. When we look at the word of God, we see that forgiveness is often preceded […]

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God’s Power FOR Me

I often stand out on my deck and look out at the mountains. I am continually amazed at the greatness, grandeur, and power of their presence. It never fails to move me to praise. They create an awareness of how small I am, insignificant really, compared to them. Mountains are a powerful presence. Consider the power of the One who spoke the visible world – and mountains- into existence. If the mountain inspires awe and […]

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Overcoming Our Past

So many of us are trying to overcome our past. We are constantly asking “what if?” questions. As if we could actually make the past different by re-examining every word spoken and deed done. I think it is why we are obsessed with time travel movies – “Back to the Future” (I, II III), “The Time Traveler’s Wife”, “Source Code”. Everyone going back to try to fix something in the past to make the future […]

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Heaven’s Math

Strongholds are the walls we build in our minds, hearts, and lives that keep us from embracing the truth of who God is and what His will and purpose for us is. Paul speaks in 2 Corinthians 10:3-6 of tearing down strongholds and then defines them as things that are high-minded and have raised themselves up against the knowledge of God. “High-minded” refers to thinking with high moral values or ideals. How can that be […]

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A Holiness You Can Count On

I wake up and my first thought is how much I hurt – grumbling and complaining about getting old. Then I roll out of bed, and grimace as gravity works – in my back, hips, knees, and feet. I trip over my dog Charlie who wants me to pet him and then let him out – in that order. I mutter at him as I grab my housecoat, I stiffly walking to the kitchen for […]

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God’s Love Defined

I love God. I love my husband. I love my kids. I love grilled cheese sandwiches. I love chocolate ice cream. I love your hair. I love your house. I love my church family. I love that dress. I love this song. I love this movie. I love this game. I love this t.v. show. I love potato chips. I love my mom. I love my dad. I love my hair. I love God’s Word. […]

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