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    Three Words to Live By

    I was talking with a friend who had questions about what a daily walk with the Lord looks like. I know each faith walk varies person to person, and even season to season, but in a broad way, here are three words to live by: seek, pray, trust. Seek. Seek God in His word, every day. Daily is key. Don’t we live life every day? Then, let’s seek Him every day! His word is truly the lamp to our feet, and the light to our path (Psalm 119:105). God’s word teaches us truths about who He is, and His great love for us. His word also gives us guidance for…

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    Three Wedding Photos and Three Wedding Thoughts

    I’m sure you’ve heard the saying, “a picture is worth a thousand words”. Well, I have chosen to share three pictures from my daughter Emmy’s wedding this past weekend. She was privileged to marry her “best friend Kyle.” I could have picked several dozen different pictures, but these three are the ones I hope will speak to your heart in a deeper way. THE CELEBRATION. Due to planning a wedding during a pandemic, the guest list fluctuated week to week to week. To say the least, the drama involved around the wedding date was incredibly weighty. It saddened us that due to a virus, many people were unable to attend.…

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    Prayer-Full Persistence

    Does our persistence in prayer, our ongoing requests, bother God? I think not. Jesus tells us a parable in scripture (Luke 18:1-8) that actually speaks of just the opposite. The main point He wants to make in this story is stated clearly: “…(we) ought to pray and not lose heart” (Luke 18:1). Jesus’ parable calls attention to the attitude of a widow who continuously asks for justice from a godless judge; and finally, because of her persistence, she receives it. She is one of those people who “knocks and keeps knocking.” The good news unfolds as the parable continues, and it ends with this truth: our prayers are met by…

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    Equipped to Do the Call

    Did you know that if you are a follower of Christ you are equipped with the power of God? Does this mean that you can part the Red Sea like Moses or call fire from heaven like Elijah? Uh, probably not; but what it DOES mean is this: you are fully equipped to do every good work that God has called YOU to do. So, what is God asking you to do today?  Don’t make this question too difficult. Just think about today. You don’t have to figure out what your life-long mission is by the end of this post. God will accomplish the “big stuff” in you as you…

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    The Power of Gentleness

    What is gentleness? Is it a weakness of character when one chooses “to be soft”? I asked the Lord these questions and He gave me an opportunity to learn by experience… Last Saturday, I took some newly purchased clothes over to my parent’s house for my mother to try on so she wouldn’t have to enter stores at this very strange time. As she and I “set up shop” in her bedroom, I helped her in and out of each outfit, one of them being a potential rehearsal dinner dress for my daughter Emmy Baxter‘s wedding in a few weeks. Due to my mom’s ongoing back pain and unsure footing,…

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    No Peace? Know Peace!

    Are you in the midst of a storm today? Are you desperate for some peace? Allow me to direct you to seven short verses in the Bible, Mark 4:35-41. In this passage, Jesus is asleep in a boat in the middle of a storm while his disciples are trying to arm-wrestle the wind and the waves without Him. As things get worse, the fearful disciples shake the Prince of Peace to upright position and plead for help. In order to make this passage become more vivid in your mind, step into the storm-tossed boat with the disciples. Feel the waves crashing in and the boat filling up with fierce surges…

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    Comfort: Good for the Body, Great for the Soul

    Dumb question, but have you ever been really sad? Maybe it’s now. Maybe you have suffered a loss recently, whether it’s a loss of a loved one, a relationship, a job, or a dream. When I was thinking about how the Lord describes Himself as the Comforter in Scripture, I prayed, “Lord, please speak. Bring things to mind that help me understand Your role in our times of deep sadness.” Well, here is my brainstorming list, some of which may be heaven sent, but with fair warning, some may be just my blonde-headed-muddled-thoughts: I have comfy slippers that I wear all day long when I am at home. These slippers…

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    Living, Moment by Moment

    How is life for you right now? What is your state of mind? Are you living…I mean really living?  These are questions I asked myself when I read this simple yet thought-provoking phrase in scripture: He lived among the tombs (Mark 5:3). The passage surrounding this verse tells of one of the many miracles of Jesus. By merely speaking, the Messiah cast a legion of demons out of a man and into a herd of pigs. Close your eyes for ten seconds and envision this story played out–wow, wow, WOW! My favorite verse in this passage is: And they came to Jesus and saw the demon-possessed man, the one who had the legion, sitting…

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    A Holy Conversation (in the kitchen)

    Have you believed the lie that you “have to have it all together” to meet with God? Well, let me remind you of the story of Zacchaeus. He was that “wee little man” that some of us used to sing about in our childhood Sunday school class. Can’t you envision this short-legged-long-robed man running ahead and climbing a tree in order to get a good look at Jesus in the midst of the upcoming crowd? And then can you imagine his surprise when Jesus called him by name saying, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” Wow! Scripture says that Zacchaeus received Jesus into his…

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    Take Courage, He Stands by You

    About a week ago during one of my quarantine days I was curled up alone in my bed feeling quite pitiful due to a relational spat I was having with a very special someone. (I will not mention names, but bottom line, he took a long drive and I had a big ugly cry). We can both chuckle about it now, but it was no laughing matter then. The most comforting thing about this time was that I knew the Lord was with me, seeing my tears, understanding my heart, entering my mess. In times like this, I have learned to take the ancient Bible stories for face value: –God…