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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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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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