Cara Blondo

Priceless

Priceless

“Priceless” - The word David used to describe the love of God.   Priceless = “so precious that its value cannot be determined” Whatever is precious to us - whatever we consider valuable - pales in comparison to the love of God. This may be stating the obvious, but just one look at our thoughts, our delights, our lives - may prove there’s room for an adjustment in what we esteem as...

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I Say

I Say

Be gracious to me, O LORD, for I am in distress; My eye is wasted away from grief, my soul and my body also. For my life is spent with sorrow and my years with sighing;My strength has failed because of my iniquity,And my body has wasted away.Because of all my adversaries, I have become a reproach,Especially to my neighbors,And an object of dread to my acquaintances;Those who see me in...

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The Turnings of the Lord

The Turnings of the Lord

You, Lord, keep my lamp burning; my God turns my darkness into light. (Psalm 18:28 NIV) Yes, He can illuminate my darkness, bring light to my understanding, and guide my path when I otherwise cannot see.  Truly, He can turn my darkness into light. He can also turn - … my mourning into dancing (Psalm 30:11) …my weakness into His strength (2 Corinthians 12:9)…my sorrow into comfort for others (2...

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Influenced by the Cross

Influenced by the Cross

Is the love of Christ to compel me?  Or is the love of Christ to constrain me? Perhaps surprisingly (or perhaps not!) - the answer is both!  His love for me is to both compel and constrain! I first came across this idea as a young Christian, when reading 2 Corinthians 5:14, which in part states in some translations, “For the love of Christ compels us…” and in others “For the love of Christ...

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Driving School

Driving School

“I’ve read the entire driver’s manual!  I know everything there is to know ABOUT driving.  Now all I need to learn is HOW to drive!” I laughed as my almost-16 year old son went on to describe all that he knew about driving yet how much he still had to learn about how to drive.  He had the knowledge; he needed the experience.  We went on to discuss how that parallels life and...

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Lead Me

Lead Me

(Click here for a printable list of verses.) “Can I just do it MY way?” My son truly believed his way was better, faster, and right!  What he didn’t realize was that as a seven year old, his understanding was limited and his view was short-sighted! How I can relate!  How easy it is to rely on our understanding and therefore desire (or insist!) upon doing things our way!  Wisely,...

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Made for the Mud

Made for the Mud

“Ugh!  I stepped in mud,” I said as I attempted to wipe the mud off my boot.  It was a spring day, and my son and I were crossing the softball field to take our seats before my daughter’s game began.   “Huh.  My shoes are made for mud,” my contemplative six-year old replied.  He continued, “My shoes are made to get muddy.  That’s why I have them!” I laughed at how...

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Not Shaken

Not Shaken

“I don’t need to see you, Mommy. I know you’re here.” These words, spoken in the dark of night by a troubled little heart, were uttered by my son as I sat next to his bed. He did not need to see me nor did he need my touch or to hear my voice,  he just needed my presence. Knowing I was near was enough to bring comfort and calm to his heart.   David expressed similar thoughts when he...

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Navigating Through The Waves

Navigating Through The Waves

Download Scripture Cards Most of my kids love to fish and to spend time on their grandfather’s boat.  One, however, only enjoys it under certain conditions: not too hot, not too windy, and above all, not too rocky.  We have learned how to work around his stipulations and when he should join in a fun fishing trip and when it is best he does not.  However, we have also learned that not all of...

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A “Simple” Resolution

A “Simple” Resolution

Before moving forward into 2021, let’s take a quick trip back to the 1300’s. Here we find one of the earliest definitions of “resolution,” taken from a Latin word meaning “a process of reducing things into simpler forms.” Over the centuries, the word’s usage and meaning changed and evolved.  But if we consider that early definition, we may very well get to the heart of what we truly desire...

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