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Pull the Curtain

Pull the Curtain

Cooler weather.  Cozy sweaters.  Fall decor.  Pumpkin spice - I LOVE September and the onset of fall.  I also love getting back into a routine - the pulling out of schoolbooks, sharpening of pencils, setting up of school desks.  But with the onset of routine can come the drudgery of the mundane.  The sharpened pencils become dull.  The school desks become messy.  And so begins a cycle of...

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The Gecko and the Cross

The Gecko and the Cross

After returning home from a retreat, a friend and I compared pictures.   Friends - yepBeautiful surroundings - yep Our pictures were almost identical. Until she showed me a picture of a gecko.  And then a picture of a framed painting of the most beautiful cross.   I thought, “How did I mess the gecko and the cross?”   They were right in front of me, yet I didn’t notice them. And...

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Grace to Behave

Grace to Behave

“Grace to behave as His child.” Andrew Murray said to remind yourself of this when walking through difficult times: “God will keep me here in His love and give me grace to behave as His child.” If we’re honest with ourselves, “behaving as His child" is often the last thing we tend to think of while going through difficulties.  Instead, we tend to point the finger at others' behavior or make...

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Look Up

Look Up

Anguish.  Distress.  Grief.  Those were the emotions David experienced (and more!) when he returned to the city of Ziklag (see 1 Samuel 30) only to discover that the city had been invaded, attacked, burned, and the women (including his wives) and children had been taken captive. Think for a moment how you would respond  - or how you DO respond - in moments of...

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The Only Compass

The Only Compass

“Then Jesus was approached by some Sadducees…” As they presented an unlikely scenario in Mark 12 (verses 18-23), it is the response Jesus gave that made me pause:  “Your mistake is that you don’t know the Scriptures, and you don’t know the power of God.”   In considering those profound words, I am reminded that I, too, will head towards error and mistakes - of any kind -  when I...

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Letting Go

Letting Go

It has been said that the sovereignty of God (the fact that God is in control) is one of the most comforting doctrines to the Christian. Spurgeon said if we would only remember that He is sovereign, a “holy calm” would come over our minds. I realized not only would I experience His calm but also His comfort…and so much more.I began to scribble down the affects upon my heart, my mind, my...

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A Wide Enough World

A Wide Enough World

“What I find so interesting about David and Jonathon’s friendship is that Jonathon didn’t hold it against David that David would be the next king…Jonathon valued their friendship more than what he could have gained for himself….” (See 1 Samuel 18.) Such words of wisdom I overheard this morning, spoken by my daughter.  That idea - valuing the people in our lives, esteeming others, supporting our...

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Our Daily God

Our Daily God

"The problem with life is that it's just so......" Did you finish the sentence with "daily?!" We all know that saying, and even more so, we all know from experience what that saying is getting at: it's the daily burdens, the daily troubles, the daily anxieties that can make life just so difficult at times! Yet, the Bible points us to a God who is not only acquainted with our days but involved in...

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July 2021 ~ One Another

July 2021 ~ One Another

This printable provides one verse per day, throughout the month of July, for you (or you and your family) to read, contemplate, and pray. From the compilation of these verses, we are reminded that how we treat one another - and what our attitude is towards one another - is a big deal to our Heavently Father! Therefore, it should be a big deal to us, His children, as well. Whether these verses...

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