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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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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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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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“Hell in a Handbasket”

I read of terrible things happening to people. Shootings. Divorce. Big corporations running over little people. People groups displaced by greed. Authority misplaced and misused. People doing right and having wrong done to them – unearned pain. I could go on, but you know what I mean. It looks like the world has gone to hell in a handbasket and no one is even noticing. We want to right the boat and yet it feels […]

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