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    Spring Wreath of Grace

    Spring has sprung indeed! New life is everywhere we look, bursting with both beauty and good news. With that being said, Madelaine Singleton and I have our third seasonal wreath to share: the Spring Wreath of Grace. Each element bears a spiritual significance. Here are easy instructions to create a meaningful wreath for yourself: Start with  a grapevine wreath. In keeping with all our wreaths, the dry twisted grapevine represents the condition of our hearts. Scripture depicts this well in the valley of dry bones, Our bones are dried up and our hope has perished. We are completely cut off (Ezekiel 37:11). Without the Lord, we remain dead in our trespasses and…

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    Gift Books for the Season

      Here is a gentle reminder for the Easter and Wedding season. Looking for a gift that encourages a loved one in the Word and in their walk? The Heartbeat of God daily devotional and 25 Years, 25 Lessons in Marriage can be purchased from Amazon through my website; just press the MY BOOKS tab. Thank you and be blessed.    

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    Budding: A Stage of Beauty

    I have to say, Spring is my favorite season! However, when October rolls around, you might find me saying the same thing about fall. It’s a beautiful toss-up between the two. In the cold silence of the long winter, it seems as if nothing is happening underneath the ground, no life, no fruit; everything is bare and bleak. But now, as the days are getting longer, the sun is shining brighter, and faint shades of color are attempting to make their entrance from the bushes and the trees, a bud appears, and there’s hope! Something was happening underneath the grave silence after all! Once again, God uses His creation to…

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    In the Same Boat

    I came across a very familiar story in the book of Mark and it caught my interest again, but in a new way. The disciples were in a boat arguing with each other over which one of them forgot to pack the lunch for the trip; all they had with them in the boat was one loaf of bread… …and Jesus. Interestingly, Jesus, only hours before this boat ride with his buddies, had miraculously fed 4,000 people with a mere seven loaves of bread. All the people ate and were satisfied. Jesus’ questions now to his hungry disciples were as follows, Why are you talking about having no bread?  Do…

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    Winter Wreath of Peace

    During the holiday season, Madelaine Singleton and I presented a wreath that bore spiritual significance with each of its elements. (See my post: Christmas Wreath of Hope). Now, we would like to share our Winter Wreath of Peace. Our hope is that you can easily construct one for yourself and be reminded every day of God’s life-giving truths even in the midst of the cold and barren winter months. Start with a GRAPEVINE WREATH. All our seasonal wreaths begin with the dry intermingled grapevine circle in order to represent the ongoing condition of our human heart. We live in a fallen world that bears thorns and thistles (Genesis 3:18). We are…

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    His Wings, My Refuge

    For some reason, I have had a picture on my mind, one that I drew years ago for my kids when they were all “in the nest”. I dug it up from a journal and want to share it today in hopes that it is a blessing to you. The verse that goes with this picture is Matthew 23:37: Jesus said, “How often I wanted to gather you children together, the way a hen gathers her chicks under her wings…”. Other verses to visualize concerning “His wings” are these:  He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and…

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    Living vs. Stagnant

    While I was walking the country roads the other day with my friend, I spotted a stagnant pool of water. It had just rained heavily the day before so a flowing stream was actively moving right alongside of this mirky pool. Because I am a visual learner, I love to picture Scripture. Jesus tells us: He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, “From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ (John 7:37) Ahh, did you catch the words “flow” and “living”? When we claim Christ as our Savior through faith, His very-much-alive Spirit enters in! He takes up residence within us; in Him we live and move and exist (Acts 17:28). The question I posed to myself (and now to you) as I looked at the active stream flowing next to the stagnant pool was, “Which…

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    The Long Awaited Suddenly

    When thinking of the age-old Christmas story, one of the most familiar portions of Scripture is when the angel greets the shepherds in the darkness of the night. This passage is read so repeatedly each year that the event becomes a common scene in our minds. But goodness, how uncommon this real-life event must have been! First, one angel, then, a host of angels suddenly appeared, proclaiming the promise that had been held behind a divinely closed curtain for thousands of years. Yes, the wait of the great reveal had been put on sovereign hold since Adam and Eve’s exit from the garden. God’s people suffered much, but they held…

  • All Writings,  Celebrating Christmas

    Christmas Wreath of Hope

    My friend and interior decorator Madelaine Singleton and I just got back from Mississippi and Florida where we presented the Christmas Wreath of Hope to a few local groups. Through Scripture, I told the purposeful meaning behind each decorative element that Madelaine used in her wreath demonstration. It was a pleasure to share this symbolic message. As we journeyed along together, we jokingly called ourselves the “Tell and Show” show. My talk was packed with God’s word, and Madelaine’s teaching was detailed, but below are the 5 basic wreath instructions along with their truths. After reading, who knows, you might be inspired to hang a Wreath of Hope on your…

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    Marathon Moments

    My sister Peggy Lively and I just completed our 16th marathon in our 16th state. We have high hopes of completing one in all 50 states. We are often asked, “Why in the world are y’all doing this crazy thing?”. Honestly, we just fell into it. Maybe I shouldn’t use the word “fall” when talking about marathons. But truly, we’ve sorta gone into this adventure blindly (hmmm, another poor word for safely accomplishing 26.2 miles). Before my first marathon, I had never run in ANY race. Well, I do remember the three-legged race on field day in elementary school, and that wasn’t very pretty, at all. Peggy and I can’t…