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When “What ifs” and “Whys” Try to Steal Your Hope

After a jarring or difficult event has happened in your life, have you ever found yourself asking, “What if I or someone else hadn’t ____________ then ______________ would have happened instead?” And the “instead” is always a better or more favorable outcome in your way of thinking. This mental game leads us around the board of life to “Why” every time. Why didn’t I do this instead of that? Why didn’t I think of _______________ […]

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What to Do When Your Heart and Mind Tell You God Has Left the Building

How many times have you asked yourself where God is and was in your trials, pain, wounds? It seems as if a sovereign, loving, good God would be ready and willing to answer such prayers. But instead it feels as if God has left the building. You are standing alone in the middle of a scary and often intimidating world, where your prayers go unanswered and the echo of emptiness is deafening to your soul. […]

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I WANT To Do What God Wants Me To Do, But I Am Not Sure What That IS Anymore!

Today, July 4th, we celebrate the declaration of independence of those who wished to be free of the tyranny of King George III. They wished to no longer be ruled by those who did not have their best interest in mind, but used their subjects to promote their own agenda in Europe at the expense of those who had nothing to gain by it. They were declaring that they wanted to be free, but I […]

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We Are Such A Plastic Family

When my daughter was around 14, she made a statement in response to something I was trying to explain about why we did what we did in our family. She said, “Mom, we are such a plastic family.” I was was confused by her words. She went on to explain that we were just so stiff and uptight. This is not how “real” families did stuff. Why can’t we live like other families? What’s wrong […]

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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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God is Not a Monster

I have been having a conversation with a person online about the way the Lord has judged the earth since its creation. It has them seeing that God is a monster – one who carries out genocide (the world-wide flood) of any who cross Him. When I talked about His holiness and the fact that those who died had had time to repent and did not, they told me they would not have killed all […]

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