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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…

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    The Initiator

    We love, because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19 For much of my young adult life I can compare my journey of faith to someone who is running on a treadmill; however, the treadmill itself is not turned on. This one factor, of course, creates a completely unnecessary struggle. To compare this thought to my spiritual life years ago, it was as if I was operating from a value that was (is) indeed true, but it was out of order. I would say, step by legalistic step: “I love God, I love God, I love God…”, and trudge obediently through God’s commandments in order to to earn something that…

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    Wash your Hands (and Pray)!

    My daughter Emmy just started her first job as a registered nurse this past October. Little did she know that several months later, her floor would be designated as one of the two COVID floors in her hospital; however, God knew it. I am confident He is with her each time she enters a patient’s room. Because Emmy lives with Mac and me, she is somewhat quarantined to the upstairs for now. (We practice social distancing at the stairwell often). We decided that I would bring her things to eat and drink so that she would not have to enter the kitchen. Because of this routine, I wash, rinse, and…

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    Push back with Praise

    I want to share a post I wrote for an on-line ministry called Soul Sisters.  If you think you would like this type of a daily devotional and a community of women of faith, I invite you to join us: https://www.facebook.com/groups/752566431555141/?ref=share Wednesday, March 18 God of Wonders Oh give thanks to the Lord, call upon His name; make known His deeds among the peoples. Sing to Him, sing praises to Him; speak of all His wonders. 1 Chronicles 16:8-9 Heartbeat of God, page 155 In our header verse God gives us some instructions to follow concerning His wonderful works: we are to give thanks, we are to call upon His…

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    Need a Retreat?

    I want to extend a welcome invitation to each of you to a retreat that I will be speaking at the first weekend in April. It is called Restore Moms Retreat and it is open to any mom of any age. (That means grandmothers are invited too!). Here are more details from Lisa Samford, the founder of Restore Moms: “Restore is a Christian moms retreat, founded on Matthew 11:28, ‘Come to me all who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.’ The goal of the 3 day retreat is to help moms find restoration through Jesus and community with other moms.” All inclusive: Meals, lodging, worship, guest speakers,…

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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…