Thoughts to Uplift: Brief Encouragement

Less or More?

Less or More?

Less really can be more.   This Christmas Day and season may have been marked by seeing less people. Attending less parties. Baking less cookies. Doing less decorating. Buying less presents.  When there is less of one thing however, there is always more of another. Could it be in this Christmas (or year) of less, we are actually experiencing more? Could it be that we have been given...

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Knowing Enough

Knowing Enough

What can thank you notes teach us about responding - in faith - to the unknowns of life?   It was still weeks before Christmas when I found cards - stamped, addressed, and ready to be mailed - from my daughter to her grandparents and other family members. When I asked her what they were, she replied that they were thank you notes for the Christmas gifts she would receive in a few weeks....

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A Cluttered Heart

A Cluttered Heart

Things to do. Errands to run. Doctor appointments to make. Sports schedules to coordinate. These notes are what clutter my kitchen countertop on any given day. In fact, the more hectic life is, the more cluttered my counter is! One evening I took off my wedding ring and placed it on the counter. The next day I could not find it, my most valued possession!  It was not where I thought I...

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Part of the Family

Part of the Family

Tamar. Rahab.  Ruth. Bathsheba. Mary.  Five women. At first glance, nothing would seem to tie these women’s stories together. One is known for her deception.  The other for her devotion.  One for her purity. The other for her prostitution. One for being at the “wrong place at the wrong time.”  One for being chosen at the ordained time.   Some seemed to be defined by...

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Consider Him Faithful

Consider Him Faithful

“And by faith even Sarah, who was past childbearing age, was enabled to bear children because she considered Him faithful who had made the promise” (Hebrews 11:11). She considered Him faithful. She carefully thought about, and concluded, He was trustworthy and would do what He said He would do. His faithfulness: what a thought for us, too, to not only consider but allow to wash over our hearts...

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Choosing Gentleness

Choosing Gentleness

"I choose gentleness... Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice, may it be only in praise. If I clench my fist, may it be only in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself." Max Lucado What if more of us chose gentleness? What if we considered what might be won ~ or rather, what might be lost  ~ by not choosing it? To be gentle is to be kind and...

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Nothing Can Separate

Nothing Can Separate

Never a trial that He is not there,Never a burden that He doth not bear;Never a sorrow that He doth not share -Moment by moment I'm under His care.~ FB Meyer  “And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from...

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A Pumpkin That Is Growing

A Pumpkin That Is Growing

“And I am sure of this, that He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”  Philippians 1:6 One fall my youngest son planted a pumpkin seed.  After he watered it one day, I asked him, “What does it look like?”  He answered, “It looks like a pumpkin that is growing!”   In other words, it didn’t look like a full grown pumpkin yet, but...

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Focused on Things Above

Focused on Things Above

Spurgeon said, “The more of heaven there is in our lives, the less of earth we shall covet.” Already a Christian singer, Helen Lemmel was surprised to have been given a Bible tract entitled “Focus.”  Upon reading the tract, she was struck by a certain line: “You will find that the things of earth will acquire a strange new dimness” if you focus on Jesus.  The hymn that was consequently...

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What We Carry

What We Carry

“Worrying is carrying tomorrow's load with today's strength- carrying two days at once. It is moving into tomorrow ahead of time. Worrying doesn't empty tomorrow of its sorrow, it empties today of its strength.”― Corrie Ten Boom “Cast (throw upon, place upon) all your anxiety on Him because He cares for you.”1 Peter 5:7 As we made preparations to begin some home renovations, we realized we had...

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