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    Your Lifeline is…

    We live in a day and age where the phone is always at hand; it is literally attached to us. It has the amazing ability to “speak” to us through text, facebook, snapchat, instagram, twitter, etc. (Oh yea, sometimes we actually talk to someone on it.) Does it ever stop?!  I was telling a young teenage friend of mine that if not careful, this gadget can take the place of God’s Word in dictating our thoughts, emotions, and actions. When comparing the phone and the bible, here are some questions to answer: 1. Which one is full of complete truth? Which one sometimes holds half-truths and mixed messages? 2. Which…

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    The “Faith Good” Stuff

    I am a visual learner, so whenever the Lord plants a picture in my brain, I quickly get out my notebook and put it on paper. Recently, God showed me a picture that spoke of His character amidst my circustances. This simple drawing is a not a new spirtual concept–it’s more of a foundational reminder to you and me as believers: God is good, faithful, love, all-knowing… and He is the same, yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8). He NEVER changes. However, my circumstances, can fluctuate quite dramatically. At times, I’m a virtual internal, and sometimes external, roller coaster. A minor example: I am at the beach with only my…

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    Vitamins:Daily and Essential

    I have been told that taking a multivitamin on a daily basis is important. My understanding is that once these store-bought pills are swallowed, they dissolve in the stomach,  travel through the bloodstream, and then go to work in their designated areas; in time, the recipient can expect positive results. After all, the vitamin bottle advertises: designed to unlock energy and support metabolism. Wow, why wouldn’t I want that kind of power-surge traveling through me on a daily basis, right? (Any minute now, that promised energy is going to invade each cell of my body, I just know it…) Just as our physical bodies need certain essentials to maintain our health,…

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    It’s a Mindset

    All throughout Scripture, God creatively uses comparisons and contrasts to teach Christians about who He is, and how we should live. For example, think of the house that is built on solid rock compared to the house built on sinking sand (Matthew 7:24-27). Also, think of a flourishing tree by a stream; while in contrast, picture a dried up bush in the desert (Jeremiah 17:5-8). Both of these passages teach us the benefits as well as the burdens of living a life with or without trusting and obeying God. Where the bible sometimes seems so difficult to understand, these colorful pictures of life are so very elementary to any reader!…

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    Life Goes On

    Today is my younger son’s birthday. Davis is a tall, strong, focused, God-loving, now 17 year-old young man. We look forward to celebrating him on this special day. As his momma, I cherish the fact that his life goes on… And also today, we will celebrate Christmas with my extended family five days “late.” Brothers, sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, parents, and grandparents will all gather around the table for yummy food, much conversation, lots of laughs, and maybe even some tears. I look forward to this time together, and am thankful for the birth of our Savior. Because of this gift at Christmas, life goes on… And then also today,…

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    Daily Grace amidst the Daily Grind

    It’s Monday morning, the beginning of another day, another week. Truth be known, my first thought when I woke up this morning was “ugh.” After a fun family weekend out of town visiting our son Bink at UT, I am faced with the dailyness of life once again: laundry, groceries, bills, schedules for all under this roof, writing/teaching deadlines, coaching, lalalalala. I am certain each of you can identify; your list may be triple mine! Like I said…ugh. It’s times like this that I must remember to seek the daily grace of God amidst the daily grind. Over the years, I have learned to recognize places where “God shows up”…