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    Flesh vs. Spirit

    Do not quench the Spirit. I Thess. 5:19 Because I believe in Jesus, I know His Spirit lives in me. Over the years of my faith walk, I have grown as a result of: digging into God’s word, trusting it to be true, and then following through with obedience. Sometimes this is as easy as 1-2-3, and sometimes it just plain isn’t. My flesh is still very much alive and, quite frankly, it can work in complete contradiction to the Spirit. To explain, I will share an experience from the other day. Only to make a contrasting point, I will share two Spirit-led “good deeds”from that day. One, I met…

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    Persevere with Pleasure

    How fitting for the doorknocker to reverberate and my dog to go wild with barking as I sit down to write this post. Over the past two weeks, we have had continual workmen coming in and out of the house due to water damage from the recent ice storm here in middle Tennessee. The first day, a strip of the hardwood floor was pulled up in our den; the second day, more was removed; the third day the kitchen bar and counter top was disassembled; the next and the next day, the kitchen hardwood and the baseboards disappeared. Today it’s part of a wall. Early on in this venture, I…

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    Life’s Journey, Pressing on…

    A couple of weeks ago, I joined my sister Peggy in Pheonix, Arizona for our 8th marathon in our 8th state. Lord willing, we hope to do 50 marathons in all 50 states… taking one marathon at a time, one step at a time. Peggy and I have a ministry called Hope Walking aCross America. Our purpose is to pray for each state we walk in, present His word while there, as well as provide a financial donation to a local ministry. Why marathons? Both Peggy and I feel that running/walking 26.2 miles is something we do that really is “bigger than ourselves.” We do it together, encouraging one another along…

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    An Attack from All Sides

    One of my “go to” passages of Scripture is II Chronicles 20:1-30. It’s about a king of Judah named Jehoshaphat who found himself in a desperate situation. In these verses, he and his people got word that the enemies of Ammon, Moab, and Mount Seir were coming against them to fight and throw them out of the land. King Jehoshaphat’s response is threefold: he prays, he stands firm, and he worships. His prayer, together with the people of Judah, is beautiful, beginning with praising God as their protector and ruler, and ending with a humble petition: For we have no power against this great multitude that is coming against us; nor…

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    Redeemed People, Redeeming People

    I recently returned from Sharptop Cove which is a Young Life camp in Jasper, Georgia.  My daughter Maggie is currently working there as a nurse over the summer months. Last week, my husband Mac was able to be the camp doctor, so it was a sweet thing to see the two of them serving side by side. Another sweetness to the week was watching the ministry of Young Life in action from start to finish. The heartbeat of this ministry is to reach high school students– particularly the kids who are living through all kinds of brokeness–broken homes, broken hearts, broken lives. Local Young Life leaders reach out to these…

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    Choosing Joy

    This past week I had the opportunity to share part of my testimony with a couple of young friends. I was indirectly asked, “How did you come to know the Lord?” and “How have you grown in your walk with Him?”. I explained that although I have been a Christian as long as I can remember, God used His word and His ways to chase me down with His love in a deeper way in my mid-twenties. At that time I was wrestling with a lot of things that kept me disgruntled and discontent: my husband was an orthopedic resident pushing hours that are now no longer legal in the…

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    He First, not Me First

    Let’s face it, we live in a me first culture. On one hand, it’s quite a natural response: we feed ourselves when we’re hungry, we shower when we’re dirty, we sleep when we’re tired… we just do things for ourselves. But the me first mentality can grow dangerously beyond this instinctive disposition. It’s the push and shove to be the best, it’s the looking out for your own personal gain, or the lifestyle of “I’m gonna do what I wanna do in spite of how it affects others” that can cause strife to so many. And when there is a multitude of me-firsters in the same place, all going at…

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    Life in “Three Be”

    I’m sure all are familiar with the term “3D” when it comes to watching a movie. Well, I would like to propose the term “3Be” when it comes to living your life. Let me explain: Be Still— God implores each of us, Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10 The flip side of this verse implies that when we’re not still, we lose sight of God. This simple verse  calls us to not just slow down, but to stop. Stop the spin…stop the RAT race (properly termed), and simply take time to meditate on God. When doing so, we come away knowing Him.  As a result, our perspective…

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    Am I Striving… or Am I Striving

    I have recently come across two different bible verses that use the same word. One verse is rather familiar to us as believers. It says, Cease striving and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10 The other verse is penned by Paul, whose ambition in life was to know Christ, and to make Him known. He says, I labor for this, striving with His strength that works powerfully in me. Col. 1:29 When looking at these two scriptures, one says not to strive, and the other talks about how it’s “right” to strive. How can this be? I beleive it has to do with the motive of our hearts. We…

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    Learning to Soar

    In Scripture, God uses so many beautiful analogies to encourage His children. I recently read this verse which compares an eagle and its young to God and his own children: (He cared for them)…like an eagle that stirs up its nest and hovers over its young, that spreads its wings to catch them and carries them on its pinions. Deut. 32:11 
The eagle is a magnificent bird. Its hollow lightweight frame is covered with 7000 feathers that allows it to soar as high as 2 miles above the ground. But the eagle doesn’t start with knowing how to fly; it has to be taught in its early stages of life.…