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    GIVE: Tips in dealing with Seasonal Depression

    A couple of weeks ago, on a cold dreary day, I was cocooned in a blanket on my couch for my usual Saturday afternoon nap. With college football on in the background and my little dog nestled at my feet, I couldn’t help but feel the oncoming winter, not outside my home, but inside my soul. As I lay there, I was talking to God about it, saying, “O God, here it comes…that old familiar gloom that I’m going to wrestle, off and on, for the next several months. Please GIVE me something to help me move forward in this season.” Wrapped in my blanket, he unfolded a plan. Before…

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    An RN’s Testimony of God’s Faithfulness

    As some of you know, my daughter Emmy, is an RN on the Covid floor at Vanderbilt hospital. Today I want to share a post that she wrote for Soul Sisters Ministry concerning her “word for 2020” which is “faithful.” May you be inspired and encouraged: Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful”  Hebrews 10:23 When asked to write a post about 2020 my first reaction was, “Really? I’m not totally sure you want to hear what I have to say about it haha!”. But the more I thought on it, the more I realized how cathartic for myself writing this post…

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    The Glorious Fall

    I grew up in the deep southern woods of Mississippi–lots and lots of pine trees towered over our home. So when I moved “way up here” in Tennessee, the colorful fall season took me by surprise. Year after year, I am mesmerized by the radiant reds, the fiery oranges, and the brilliant golds that are bursting from the trees and bushes–incredible, breath-taking beauty. I’m sure I am not the first to correlate God’s seasons with His love story: Fall represents His dying for us on the cross. Winter represents His burial, enclosed in a death that we will never have to endure. Spring represents His resurrection… a newness of life…

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    A Life Marked by His True Colors

    Here is a seven year old “journal entry”, still filled with simple yet saving Truth: I was talking with my son this morning about the basic beliefs of Christianity. The conversation got started because we were kindly talking about a friend of his that thinks he’s a Christian. I told him that he should gently and respectfully challenge his friend with the fact that he can know he’s a Christian, not just think he’s one. It was a delight to review the fundamentals of faith with my maturing 17 year-old son by using …legos. You’re never too old to play with legos, especially when they illustrate the beautiful simplicity of…

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    Forty Days of Peace–An On-line Study

    Do you need peace–the kind of peace that passes all understanding? (Phil. 4:7) Soul Sisters Ministry is an on-line group of women who come together daily (M-F) to be encouraged in God’s word. We are starting a new study called Forty Days of Peace. (For more detail on this study, see my previous post entitled “The Order of Peace”). If you are interested, please join us in reading these daily devotions. We would love for you to be a part of this journey! Here is the link: https://www.facebook.com/groups/752566431555141/?ref=share May the Lord give strength to his people! May the Lord bless his people with peace! Psalm 29:11    

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    The Order of Peace

    What brings peace? Where does it originate? Where can I find it? Over the last month or so, I’ve asked these questions in order to put together a curriculum that I’m currently working on. I’ve gathered a large number of peace related bible verses and they’ve accumulated like a mass of puzzle pieces (or should I say, peaces), waiting to be put in a specific spot in order to create a meaningful picture. This may not be new news, but what I found in my organization process, is that each verse fell into three different places. Soon, the order of peace was clear: Peace WITH God. This is where true…

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    The Habit of Casting

    Are you carrying an unwanted burden at the moment? Maybe you have an armful, or I should say, a heart full of worries that are weighing you down. Because I tend to hold onto anxious thoughts, a bible verse that I revisit over and over again is this one: …casting all your anxiety upon Him, because He cares for you.   (I Peter 5:7) And this one: Cast your burden upon the Lord, and He will sustain you… (Psalm 55:22) The word “cast” means to throw forcefully in a specified direction. In these two verses, we are given the simple instruction to throw all of our anxieties and burdens off…

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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…