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Obedience has gotten a bad rap. From the time we are babies, we are told we must obey those who are over us. It conjures up a negative reaction, as most of the time it requires that we fight against … more
Have you ever experienced breakthrough and healing in an area that has plagued you forever, only to find weeks, months or years down the road, you feel like you’re right back where you started? … more
I love to see the sun shining on water or ice and the sparkles it makes. They are so beautiful! A couple months ago I heard a message about sparkles on the water. When the clouds cover the sun, we … more
As I was recently gazing at my display of little sleds that I put up for Christmas each year, I was reminded of something that happened many years ago. In one of the sleds is a tiny paper box I made … more
The season of Advent began on December 1 and will continue through Christmas. This is meant to be a time of anticipation and expectant waiting, a time of prayer and self-reflection, to prepare us for … more
We like to believe that we are in control of our lives. If we make the right choices, things should go the way we planned. However, no matter how well we live our lives, there really aren’t too … more
We have all heard the saying, “Children are to be seen and not heard.” Many of us have been raised with this mindset, going back many generations. Children have not been given the value … more
We all need a friend. We all need someone we can trust to be there for us when the rest of the world walks out. We need someone to encourage us and lift us up when all looks hopeless. We need someone … more
“Sticks and stones will break my bones, but words will never hurt me.” This little saying is simply not true. I imagine the person who first said it was greatly hurt by the words of … more
Anyone who has ever used GPS understands what rerouting means. It means you’ve missed the turn they told you to take and now you’re being rerouted to get back on the right track. If … more
I recently heard a teaching by Lysa TerKeurst taken from her book Good Boundaries and Goodbyes. It was a lesson taken from Matthew 5:3-9, known as the Beatitudes, that I want to share today. Lysa … more
When we look at the world around us and at the circumstances in our own lives and families, it can all look very discouraging. Discouragement seems to be at epidemic levels because of everything we … more
In the last column I shared about digging deeper before judging others by what we see or hear about them, since things are not always as they seem. When we know the truth about others, it can greatly … more
Many times we judge people and circumstances by what we see or hear on the surface level. We form opinions according to our perspective or experiences, or we listen to what other people have heard … more
The word surrender means to cease resistance to an enemy or opponent and submit to their authority. We picture being in a battle where the enemy has someone surrounded. They may say, “Come out … more
I have always been plagued by the distraction of busyness. I was reminded of two word pictures the Lord gave me years ago to better understand how these were affecting my life. In the first … more
Many of us live in comfort zones. We like our comfort zones because they are so comfortable. They are familiar to us, making it easy to live there. They don’t require much thought or effort as … more
As I recently wandered through the tables at a yard sale, I came upon a new discovery. I was looking through the treasures of a friend who is a quilter. In one box there were bundles of brightly … more
From the beginning of creation, God has been in the rescuing business. He sees, hears and knows what His people are going through at all times, and as we cry out to Him for help, He comes down to … more
Many years ago I awoke from a dream in which a child was asking me, “So what do you get to do today?” I thought that was a very interesting question – not “What do you have to … more
Many years ago I awoke from a dream in which a child was asking me, “So what do you get to do today?” I thought that was a very interesting question – not “What do you have to … more
God has uniquely created mankind with the ability to think and reason, which enables us to make choices and decisions. But since the beginning of time, we have been drawn to make decisions based on … more
In the past when I’ve read the story of how the Gibeonites deceived the Israelites in Joshua chapter nine, I primarily focused on Israel not seeking God’s wisdom or guidance, and simply … more
I see many quotes that have to do with being kind to others. This one from an unknown author says, “Today you could be standing next to someone who is trying their best not to fall apart. So … more
Throughout history God has always provided His people with a place to meet with Him. In biblical times, that place was the altar. When God met His people in a special way or did something miraculous … more
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