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When Instant Gratification isn't Gratifying

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I opened the refrigerator door. Blink. Blink. Do I really want to go through all the trouble of preparing a healthy snack when there’s a small bag of chips in the pantry, less than 2 feet away? It would be easier and quicker if I snagged some Cheetos instead of taking time to pull out...

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Tags: faith, god, growth, hope, jesus, love

Seven Truths about Joyful Living

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During the last few weeks of my mom’s life, she embraced God’s ultimate healing and testified with a mantra of unshakeable peace and heart-deep joy: “God is good and that’s all there is to it.” In a recent study of Psalm 100, I discovered seven truths that help me...

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Tags: faith, hope, joy, worship

The Circle of Forgiveness: The Parable of the Unforgiving Servant

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I sat at the kitchen table and folded the crisp pages of the bill from my shoulder first surgery. We owed over $48,000. After incurring extra expenses when serving as my mom’s live-in caregiver, we depleted our savings. God provided every time a need arose. Not once did my husband hesitate...

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The Conditions of Forgiveness

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“Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, ‘Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother when he sins against me? Up to seven times?’ Jesus answered, ‘I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.’” ~ Matthew 18:21-22 As I study these verses again, my...

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The Master Craftsman

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"For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother's womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well." ~ Psalm 139:13-14 (NIV) My father creates custom quivers for bow-hunters. He carves intricate wildlife...

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Tags: craftsman, creator, love

Hiding God’s Word in My Heart

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“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” ~ Psalm 119:11 (NIV)  My heart sank as I heard this verse quoted for the umpteenth time. Why can’t I be as faithful as this psalmist, Lord? I still struggle with sin, even when I have verses memorized...

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Tags: bible, faith, heart, hope, psalm, study, word

The Secret Grower

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Pulling into the driveway, I glimpsed the gray rocks, faded rusty bark, and tufts of grass that lined our walkway. A splash of yellow caught my attention. Daffodils? Yes! Sandwiched between two large stones, the cluster of blossoms danced in a slight breeze. I smiled. Six stalks of sunshine...

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Tags: faith, god, growth, hope, jesus, love, seed

When Sin Seeps Into Our Lives

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The chatter of busy women filled the room as we prepared gift bags for an upcoming writer’s conference.  The leader handed me scissors and a large roll of red ribbon. “Have you ever made curly bows?” I smiled. “I’m a pro.” “Join the assembly...

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Tags: sin, accountability, jesus, david

The Fuel we Need for the Wait

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I texted the friend who had called us for help. We’re at the gas station, now. My husband filled the red plastic container designed for transporting fuel. He placed the gas can into the trunk and slid behind the steering wheel. “It’s hot out there.” I handed him a water...

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Tags: grace, preparation, love, sacrifice, helping

Trusting God not our Limitations

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Then Jesus came to them and said, "Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the...

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Tags: trust god limitations faith hope obedience bible

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