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From Brokenness to Surrender

I love the assurance in Philippians 1:6 that Christ will finish the work He has started in me. He won't give up on me, even when I'm ready to give up. He's right there, always encouraging, guiding, forgiving and loving.   To experience His love fully, however, I need to recognize my...

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The Grace Place

There are certain Scriptures that have become very real to me since we learned (in August of 2017) that my husband has stage 4 Melanoma cancer. The first is Matthew 6:34: "Therefore (because God is faithful) do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough...

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Serving God Can Bring Surprises

Washington Gladden (1836-1918) was known in his day as an outstanding preacher and advocate of social justice. He did much to fight corruption in that era. When he wrote the words for "O Master, Let Me Walk With Thee," it was intended as a devotional meditation. Later, when it was suggested that...

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Be Flexible

Tom and I like to play a game called rummikub. The object is to create either runs of the same colored tiles (ie; orange 8, 9, 10, 11, 12) or a grouping of the same number in different colors (ie; the number 5 in three or four different colors). It's necessary to be flexible in your strategy. For...

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Don’t Give Up!

I watched the Super Bowl game with my husband and son, last night. The New England Patriots were way behind the Atlanta Falcons, and the commentators said that, never in Super Bowl history, had a team come from that far behind to win a game. I confess that I didn't think they'd be able to do it,...

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Giving As To The Lord

Ultimately, everything belongs to God. He blesses us, and then expects us to bless others. It's interesting to look at some of the Old Testament passages about giving a portion of everything to the Lord in view of how that might apply to us today. First, we'll look at Leviticus 27:30-33: "A tithe...

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Devotional: God’s Guidance & Peace

Words can't express how much I appreciate God's guidance in both small and large decisions! Of course, I'm thankful for the guidance He gives in the Bible, teaching me what's right and wrong morally, and the examples He gives of how to live. But I also appreciate the guidance that comes through...

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The Wonder of Christmas

I love seeing the world through the eyes of young children, especially this time of year. The littlest things delight them and fill them with wonder, and their multitude of questions are born out of honest curiosity, not defensiveness. They're also very trusting. It's easy to see why Jesus...

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Water to Wine: Lessons in Faith, Surrender & Obedience

A number of lessons can be drawn from John 2:1-11 when Jesus quietly turned water into wine. Jesus, his disciples, and his mother were at a bridal party when Mary became aware of the bridal family's dilemma: they were out of wine. In that time period, that would be a cause for great shame for the...

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Pray Like Jesus Did

In the garden of Gethsemane, Jesus showed us how to pray. In his humanness, he did not want to suffer on the cross, and he let his heavenly Father know his feelings. But then he surrendered his will and prayed, "Yet not as I will, but as you will." "...may your will be done." (Matthew 26:39 &...

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