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    The Joy of Forgiveness

    July’s intense heat made me think about many many years ago (maybe about 15 years ago), when I took my young kids to a water park with a friend and her kids. First, let me tell you, I have an aversion to water parks, so this was definitely an act of sacrificial love on my part! My friend Sharon and I put our kids on the buddy system and off they went to conquer the slides in the refreshing water. There was one particular water attraction in which a HUGE bucket filled up with water and then eventually poured out all over those who were waiting in anticipation underneath. When…

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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 
The eagle is 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 to be taught in its early stages of life. Once the…

  • All Writings,  Prayer

    A Powerful Gift

    What can I give my President? What can I give my country? Prayer. I sit with a group of women once a month who have committed to pray for the President, Vice President and their wives. This group, formed by Lori Rydberg and April Eshleman, called the Glove Club (representing Melania’s glove underneath the Bible during the inauguration ceremony), has opened my eyes to the powerful gift that each one of us can give Donald and Melania Trump and Mike and Karen Pence on a daily basis. I’m humbled and excited to say that we are using my devotional book,The Heartbeat of God, as the daily guide for our prayers.…

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    Consider the Daylily (again)

    I left town for a short weekend trip and came back to a nice surprise in my backyard: daylilys are a blooming! I wrote a post about them a couple of years ago that I’ll reshare today: Consider the Daylily Many years ago, I bought some daylily bulbs from a friend of a dear friend. I picked a special place in my backyard near a stone wall to plant them; and then, I waited. The first bloom was a huge celebratory moment for me (I do NOT have a green thumb in the least, so anything that grows in my yard is a minor miracle). Now, every summer I look…

  • All Writings,  Giftings

    Filling the Shoes

    Over the past couple of weekends we have had an influx of visitors in and out of our home. From family, to friends, and friends of friends, the beds have been full and the table has been surrounded. Observing the diversity of people and the use of their unique passions fills my cup to overflowing. I love seeing God at work in so many different ways THROUGH His people. As I was tidying up a bit this morning, I came across a pair of one of our guest’s shoes. I immeditately knew to whom they belonged, and I smiled as I thought of her extraordinary individuality. From this happy thought,…

  • All Writings,  Marriage

    Choice Words

    Words. Choice words. Words can hurt, words can heal. Words can tear down, words can build up. Death and life are in the power of the tongue. Pr. 18:21 In heated relational situations, is my tongue like a machete that swings with vast and defining blows? Or is it like a surgeon’s scalpel, that makes a small and accurate incision for the purpose of healing and hope? Words. Choice words. Words can destroy, words can restore. Words can confuse, words can infuse. Words can deform, words can transform. “Lord, help me with my words. Make my words, Your words. May I pause and pray and hear Your voice telling me…

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    Philanthropy houses The Heartbeat of God

    I wanted to let each of you know that my devotional book, The Heartbeat of God, is now being sold at a wonderful boutique called Philanthropy, in these three locations: Franklin TN, Houston TX, and Orlando FL. This store’s motto is “fashion with compassion”; with this statement alone, one can see this is not your usual every-day retail store. See their website’s words of description: “Philanthropy is the recognized leader in cause-driven retailing. We curate and design our own apparel, home and gift products with purpose, passion, style, and quality offering our customers a unique platform for giving through our commitment to give a minimum of 10% of every sale…

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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! Are you in a place of waiting…

  • All Writings,  Life

    In the Same Boat

    Our church has been working though the book of Mark over the past several months. One of the stories that has impacted me most is found in Mark 8. The disciples were in the boat arguing with each other over which one of them forgot to pack the lunch for the trip; all they had was one loaf of bread… …and Jesus… Just before getting into the boat with the disciples, Jesus miraculously fed 4,000 people with only seven loaves of bread. All ate and were satisfied. Jesus’ questions now to the hungry disciples holding the one loaf were as follows, Why are you talking about having no bread?  Do…

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    A Christmas Devotional

     (the above crown, top AND bottom, says it all) Are you looking for a Christmas Devotional for yourself, personally, or for your family?  I invite you to read Who Is this Jesus? And Why Did He Come? This booklet is a simple, consice 25-day devotional, starting on December 1st, that will point you and your family to the heart of the Christmas Season: JESUS…Who HE IS, and Why HE CAME. Each day holds one truth to ponder in order to keep your Savior on the forefront of your mind and in the center of this season.  Check out this FREE ON-LINE devotional on my website: www.respitefortheweary.com . (See the picture of the devotional cover…