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Onward and Upward

Philippians 3:13-14 (NKJV) “Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
Do you swim in a pool of confusion? Have your plans fallen like a house of cards? What now? I associate the situation to a ‘deer in the headlights.’ You know what I’m talking about, right? You’re driving down that lone highway on a pitch black night, round a corner, and bam! There they are. Two shining dots in the middle of the road above a frozen set of legs. You hit the brakes and pray the vehicle stops before it gets a new hood ornament or worse. That’s how I feel when everything tumbles down around my ears. The ‘best laid plans’ is how I operate my life. Not intentionally, but naturally. I’m a thinker. My husband calls me the ultimate Class A personality. The Lord has to remind me…

Count It Joy!

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James 1:2-4 (NKJV) “My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.”
     Have you ever had a baby or know someone who has?      I remember the day we found out I was going to have our son. Talk about joy! We were a young married couple striving to serve the Lord and He’d blessed us with a child. We shared our glorious news with friends and family. I can still see the smiles and frowns. Oh, not everyone was as happy as we were, you know. But the Lord lifted us high and provided a new job for my husband, and a new home in Jackson. We were on our way!      Then the trials began. At twenty-six weeks, my heart decided to kick into overdrive and send us into labor. The doctor stopped it but I became very familiar with the term: confinement. No sunlight, no exertion, …

Never Give Up

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Hebrews 10:35-38 (NKJV) “Therefore do not cast away your confidence, which has great reward. For you have need of endurance, so that after you have done the will of God, you may receive the promise: For yet a little while, and He who is coming will come and will not tarry. Now the just shall live by faith…”
“Don’t worry, things will be better tomorrow.” “Pray harder. You need to pray more.” “You just need more faith.” “Don’t be so weak. God’s your strength.”
Ever heard these? In the midst of heartache and pain, these pearls of wisdom don’t really help me that much. I mean, really? If I wanted it to be better tomorrow, I wouldn’t have asked for advice today. Pray harder? Are you kidding me? And as for faith? I walk by faith daily, physically and spiritually. The last phrase is the most painful though. I am weak in every way and He knows it. I lean on His strength to get through each moment. Yes, I’m in pain. So what? Yes, I work hard. So do a lot of people.…

The Power of Words

Do they make the pain go away? How do we know?

Ecc 3:1-8 (NKJV) “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven: A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck what is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to gain, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away; A time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.”

Did you catch it? It’s in there. Buried amongst the somersaults of the passage, it shines for all to see. Read it again. What do you see? I always wonder when to hold my tongue and when to offer my two cents. People who know me would say the…


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