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    Waiting with ….

    My daughter Maggie is due with her first baby any day now. Her sister Emmy came to Chicago for a few days, hoping to be present for the birth, but little Hally Christine isn’t quite ready to make her grand appearance… yet. We’re all waiting. Waiting is hard, isn’t it? I know we all have had circumstances that have brought us to crying out, “I want it NOW!” (whatever it is). This is the thing, while we are waiting for something, we are also waiting with something, and we get to choose what that something is. For example, we can be: waiting with expectancy waiting with frustration waiting with hope waiting with impatience waiting with joy waiting with despair. As you are waiting for something, what…

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    Theme Verse for 2020

    Not too long ago, I came across one of my favorite Bible stories. It’s found in 2 Chronicles 20:1-22. I encourage you to take three minutes to read it. To paraphrase, Judah was being attacked on all sides. King Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the Lord (2 Chronicles 20:3). He called the people of Judah together and lifted up his voice to the Lord in a desperate prayer, saying, O our God…we do not know what to do but our eyes are on you. The earthly problem and then the divine outcome is remarkable. Tucked inside this story is my theme verse for 2020. The verse’s meaning and it’s reference…

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    Fall Wreath of Thankfulness

    My interior decorator friend Madelaine and I have another wreath to add to our seasonal collection. All of these wreaths, Holiday Wreath of Hope, Winter Wreath of Peace, Spring Wreath of Grace, and Summer Wreath of Life, bear a spiritual significance to their intentional elements. Here is the Fall Wreath of Thankfulness: Start with a grapevine wreath. All our wreaths begin with the dry twisted grapevine to exhibit who we are without the life of Christ. We chase other things to fill us, but to no avail. In the book of Ruth, Naomi and her family displayed this very thing by seeking refuge in a foreign land. After ten years…

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    Filling vs. Feeling

    My feelings cannot be trusted. One day I’m skipping along without a worry in the world; then the very next day, I might be carrying the weight of this world on my shoulders. Things that sway my emotions range from fatigue, hormones, outside circumstances, inner wrestlings, discouragement in the present, or fear of the future. If I operated from these feelings, I know I wouldn’t be writing to you right now. By God’s grace and patience, He has kindly grown me in His word, and for that I am grateful. Over time, meaning years of slow maturing, He has taught me to daily rely more on the FILLING of His…

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    Beyond Loved

    When we think of God’s love, we tend to define it with human parameters by using personal relationships we have known and experienced. The thing is, even the best relationships have flaws. The good news it that God’s love is perfect and it is beyond what we can ever humanly comprehend. The apostle Paul prays, “(I ask that) Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all…

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    5 Benefits of the Christian Life

    I’m not sure why, but early this morning as I was sipping my coffee quietly, an out-of-the-blue question came to my mind: “What’s the benefit of being a Christian?” Within 10 seconds, I came up with 5 reasons why I have chosen, by grace, to walk this daily path. Read and rest in these truths with me: Benefit 1: I have a place to “put my junk.” So much of the time, the things I think, say, or do are just plain wrong, and I know it. The cross of Christ is the place I can pour out my mess, and then walk away clean. If we confess our sins,…

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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 
After doing some research, I have to say that the eagle is truly 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…

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    Marriage Tip: Love and Respect Hold Hands

    Culture has given the biblical phrase “wives respect your husbands” a negative connotation. We have been told that if we don’t fight for the leadership position, then we are in the “lesser than” role. Depreciating one’s identity is not what God intended for wives AT ALL, so this kind of “respect” is not what I am talking about in this post. I’m referring to God’s best way for both husband and wife to receive what they long for most from each other. God knows women desire LOVE and men want RESPECT. He designed husband and wife to give them to each other. Love and respect hold hands. Over the years…

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    Ten Ways Prayer “Accomplishes Much”

    Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. James 5:16 The verse above is a familiar one to many of us when referring to prayer. It encourages us to pray often and effectively, and because we are declared righteous in Christ, we can lift up our requests with boldness. The passage that follows James 5:16 speaks of Elijah, who prayed for the rain to stop (and it did) and then three and a half years later, he prayed for the rain to start (and it did). Now that’s effective praying!…

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    A Brief but Important Announcement!

    Hi Readers, I wanted to let you know that I am doing a short video series called “Two Minute Tips to Encourage a Lifelong Marriage”. Check it out by clicking on the Facebook emblem at the top of this page. I knew very little about what I was getting into when I said “I do” almost three decades ago. I thought the bride just rode off into the sunset with her Prince Charming and lived happily ever after. Goodness, I had a lot to learn! These lessons are some of what the Lord has taught me throughout my marriage journey to my husband Mac. No matter what year or decade,…