Feeling A Little Stressed

Feeling A Little Stressed

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all the things being added to your to-do list? Do you lie awake at night wondering how you’re going to find the time to get everything done? I feel that way this week. Deadlines are looming over me at work, things at home need to be addressed and taken care of, preparations for an upcoming trip are waiting to be done, lectures need to be written, my refrigerator is

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Dreading Valentine’s Day?

Dreading Valentine's Day?

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and many look forward to this day each year. But for others, Valentine’s Day is a tough day. You may be single and feeling lonely, or you may be divorced or widowed and feeling the sting of being alone. Or you may be married, but feeling unloved in your marriage. As an older single, I have to admit that I don’t always look forward to Valentine’s Day, but my perspective

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The Deception of Pride

The Deception of Pride

Ok, I’m going to go ahead and say it – I struggle with pride. And I’m not proud of it! But to be honest, I think we all struggle with pride in some form. Pride can be deceptive, so we may not even be aware of it. Here are some ways pride deceives us: 1. Pride deceives us into believing we’re self-sufficient. When things are going great in life, we can develop the attitude of,

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Using Your Spiritual Gifts

Using Your Spiritual Gifts

Every year a state of panic sets in among church staff and ministry leaders as they are tasked with recruiting people to fill positions in ministry for the next year. Many volunteer to serve, but there are times we can’t find anyone to serve in an area of need. Or the person serving isn’t the right fit for the position. God wants us to serve, but He doesn’t want us to be miserable and burned out.

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Are You “Belly Up” With God?

Are You "Belly Up" With God?

Last week I woke up and saw something that brought a smile to my face. My sweet kitten Hannah was lying next to me on the bed belly up. I’ve heard that when a cat exposes her belly, it means she trusts you and has no fear. It has taken a while for Hannah to get there, so this was a sweet moment. Then I thought about how that parallels my relationship with God. He

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Living in Uncertain Times

Living in Uncertain Times

It’s gotten to where we never know what breaking news is going to come across the radio or TV on a given day. A few weeks ago, we watched the unfolding situation with the shootings in San Bernardino, California. It’s not unusual to hear of a shooting at a mall or theater or school. Terrorism is a daily threat, not just in other countries, but right here at home. The week of Christmas, Denton Bible

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Starting the New Year With Rest

Starting the New Year With Rest

If I could be anything other than a human, I’d love to be a cat. I live with two cats, and I can tell you from first-hand experience that cats have mastered the art of rest. My cats leisurely walk over to eat from their bowls. When they’re satisfied, they find a comfortable spot where they can lie down to rest. They may play for a while, but then return to a cozy spot to

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Losing a Loved One at Christmas

Losing a Loved One at Christmas

This week marks the one-year anniversary of my mom’s Homegoing last Christmas. The year has flown by, and it doesn’t seem like a year has already passed. I miss my mom, but I rejoice that she is HOME where she longed to be. She is pain-free and experiencing things in heaven that we can only imagine on this earth. Mom left a legacy of three generations, and we were able to spend Christmas together last year right

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Hope Is Alive

Hope Is Alive

This past Tuesday night, Ellie Holcomb led us in a night of worship at our annual Women’s Ministry Christmas Dinner. Our theme was based on the title of one of the Christmas songs she wrote, Hope is Alive. As we enter this Christmas season, I realize there are many who are hurting – those who have lost loved ones in the past year, those who are separated from friends and family because of work or other reasons,

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The Gift of Rest

The Gift of Rest

As I talk with people, I hear a recurring theme: “I’m worn out. I need rest. Life is spinning madly out of control!” It seems we’re all running on empty and in danger of burning out. But, surely, that’s not God’s plan for our lives. Is it even possible to find rest when life seems to get busier every day and the demands just keep piling up? How can we find rest when we are

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