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God-Admiring Thoughts

God-Admiring Thoughts

“God-admiring thoughts.”  Adoring where we cannot fathom. That is often the posture of heart and mind that we see expressed by the psalmist.  Might it be the posture of heart and mind in us as well!   “Admire—where you cannot fathom. ‘Can you by searching find out God?’ Here on earth, we see some beams of his glory, we see him in the looking-glass of the creation; we see him in his...

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A Needful Reminder

A Needful Reminder

“God’s strength behind you, His concern for you, His love within you, and His arms beneath you are more than sufficient for the job ahead of you.” William Arthur Ward What a great reminder for whatever He has called you to today, tomorrow, or in this season.  His grace is truly sufficient.  It doesn’t mean perfection. It doesn’t even mean an earthly perception of success. Why?  Because His...

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The Master Weaver

The Master Weaver

Spurgeon told the following story in order to illustrate the mysterious working of the Lord in the lives of His children: “I think it was Mrs. Hannah More who says that she went into a place where they were manufacturing a carpet.  She said, ‘There is no beauty there.’  The man said, ‘It is one of the most beautiful carpets you ever saw.’  She replied, ‘Why, here is a piece...

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Contributing to the Feast

Contributing to the Feast

“As each one has received a gift, employ it in serving one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God…so that in all things God may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom belongs the glory and dominion forever and ever.  Amen.”  (1 Peter 4:10-11) The fact that “each one” has a gift reminds me of one of my family’s favorite days of the year: Christmas Eve.  In my husband’s family,...

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Thoughts of His Faithfulness

Thoughts of His Faithfulness

“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”  (Lamentations 3:22-23) It is one thing to see His faithfulness (and to praise Him and give thanks accordingly) after the “big” moments of our lives - the breakthroughs, the answered prayers, the miraculous provision, etc., but what about in the...

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“Little Things”

“Little Things”

“Little Things” He was only a lad from Jerusalem,Not specially bad - or good.But straight to the Master he went and said,“Here’s my little parcel of food.It isn’t much, but it’s all I have: My mother gave it to me:The loaves are few, the fishes but two:I gladly give them to Thee.”It was only a parcel of food for one,But that day it was multipliedGod has chosen the things that are...

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A Beautiful Thing

A Beautiful Thing

What the world may see as a waste ~ what we, too, may be tempted to see as a waste ~ He may see as beautiful.   Something that is a waste is simply something that lacks purpose, is leftover, or is no longer useful. How easy it can be to mislabel something as a “waste” whether a season, a situation, or even an act of service.  How quickly we can conclude that something is a waste of...

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The Necessity of Endurance

The Necessity of Endurance

“May the Lord lead your hearts into a full understanding and expression of the love of God and the patient endurance that comes from Christ.”  (2 Thessalonians 3:5 NLT) Endurance: the ability to withstand hardship and to continue on, despite fatigue, stress, or other adversities.  It is a quality we may not often consider and one we may not desire to develop, but it is one that is...

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Direction Matters

Direction Matters

A reminder that it’s not about the speed.  It’s about the direction.  For all who are tired, discouraged, and feel beaten up, for those who are considering  giving up, please remember: it’s not the speed that matters. It’s the direction.  As I sat in my doctor’s office discussing the lingering affects of covid, she said, “As long as there is improvement, however slow it may be, it’s ok.”  ...

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Freely Received

Freely Received

Leading up to his birthday, my son asked, “Can I have a $57 Amazon gift card for my birthday?”  “Sure,” I replied, “what do you want to buy?”  He explained it was not for anything that HE wanted.  Instead, what his brother wanted for Christmas cost $57; the only way he would be able to buy it is if he received a gift card.  He knew that in order to give, he first needed to receive.   How true...

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