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          Make the Ordinary Come Alive By William Martin Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives. Such striving may seem admirable, but it is a way of foolishness. Help them instead to find the wonder and the marvel in an ordinary life. Show them the joy of tasting [...]

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          “After everyone was full, Jesus told his disciples, ‘Now gather the leftovers, so that nothing is wasted.’” John 6:12 Gather the leftovers so nothing is wasted. How many times have I thrown things out because they were leftovers, crumbs, fragments of something once whole? If it appears useless to me, [...]

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          “Work willingly at whatever you do, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people.” Colossians 3:23 UGH! I couldn’t stand myself. I heard my whiney words and couldn’t stop them from spewing out of my mouth. Anybody who would listen got a taste of some nasty, [...]

God Says I Am

Sep
2013
25

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            “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 1 John 3:1 I recently wrote a post titled, “Fifteen Minute Pity Party” in which I stated:       And failure is not an adjective that [...]

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              “So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other.” John 13:34 A friend died today. And I am brokenhearted. She was my age with a husband whom she adored and two young children. Her [...]

In Pursuit of Me

Sep
2013
04

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              “Surely your goodness and unfailing love will pursue me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.” Psalm 23:6 When I was a little girl I dreamed of being pursued by a handsome hero. I read a lot of [...]

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          “I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss, yet I still dare to hope when I remember this: The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each morning.” Lamentations 3:20-23 NLT “You have 15 minutes for a pity party [...]

My New Normal

Aug
2013
14

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          “He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise for our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord.” Psalm 40:3 I recently read a blog where the writer described her new normal. It required [...]

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        “Christ is all that matters, and He lives in all of us.” Colossians 3:11 Do you ever get so caught up in the busyness of life that your priorities get shifted? I do. I get so focused on getting the next job so I can pay the never-ending demands of bills, [...]

Nothing is Wasted

Jul
2013
15

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          “I replied, ‘But my work seems so useless! I have spent my strength for nothing and to no purpose. Yet I leave it all in the Lord’s hand; I will trust God for my reward.’” Isaiah 49:4 Have you ever felt like your work is futile? That all the things [...]