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Making Decisions? Seek God First!

I'm going to share a mistake I recently made and what I was reminded of through that mistake. One Sunday, after the church service, I approached the pastor who oversees small groups and said I was praying about leading a women's group using the book I published on relationships. He asked, "Why not...

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Fillet My Soul

Recently, while three of our young grandchildren were fishing (with adult assistance), they were delighted to catch some trout. Later, they learned that before the fish could be cooked, it had to be gutted and cleaned. They also learned that it takes skill to properly fillet the fish, removing the...

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Quiet Faith

I am learning that the more I trust the Lord and rely on the power of prayer, the better my relationships with others will be. For example, I will be less likely to give potentially hurtful unsolicited advice if I trust that God is watching over the people I'm praying for. Also, if I trust God to...

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A Word for the Hurting

As of this moment, I'm emotionally stable, but I know I'll have my hard times. A friend reminded me that when the emotional times come, don't assume that means your faith is weak. It just means you are hurting. Jesus is the supreme example of that. He certainly knew how much his Father loved him,...

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Dealing With Disappointments

One thing I have been reminded of daily through this Covid pandemic is the importance of surrendering my plans and seeking the Lord's guidance in all my decisions! The Bible tells us to take one day at a time in an attitude of total surrender to the Lord. I have certainly been getting lots of...

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Good Out of Bad

As we weather this corona virus pandemic, I have already seen some good things coming out of it. Neighbors are finding creative ways to encourage others from a distance or provide assistance. Some are literally putting their lives on the line through their jobs. And some of us are also seeking...

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When in Doubt, Pray

There are some lessons I need to be frequently reminded of. One of those is to take time to pray when I'm unsure about something. A typical example is that I'll be writing to someone and I'm about to say something, but then I wonder if I should. I may think I have very good reasons for why I...

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Expectations

Disappointment is usually the result of unmet expectations. I re-learned some valuable lessons when we took our son, Shon, to Branson, Missouri in 2013. Tom and I first visited Branson in October of 2012. The whole time we were there, I kept thinking, Shon has to experience this! It was everything...

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Define Your Calling

One of our pastors once said something in his sermon that caught my attention: In order to set your priorities, define what you are called to BE. But I didn't fully recognize how to apply this until later.   My husband was interested in going on a one- week mission trip to Haiti. (See "A...

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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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