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God is Still on the Throne

God is Still on the Throne

I vividly remember where I was on the morning of September 11, 2001, when I heard the news of the terrorist attacks in New York City. The events that happened that day will forever stay etched in my memory. So many feelings and emotions swept over me that day and in the days to follow—anger, fear, insecurity, doubt. Here is an excerpt of what I wrote in my journal on September 13, 2001: “Lord, thank

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Gentleness: Missing in Action?

Gentleness: Missing in Action?

If someone asked me to give one word to describe our world today and the way we’re responding to one another, gentleness would not be the first word I’d think of. We don’t see a lot of gentleness today. Instead, we see people yelling at each other, shooting each other, fighting with each other on planes, in stores, outside schools, on social media. Gentleness seems to be missing in action these days. Gentleness is a

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Because He Lives . . .

Because He Lives . . .

The years 2020 and 2021 have been challenging. Just when I say, “It can’t get any worse,” something happens that proves me wrong. It has been a season that has kept me on my knees looking to Him for strength, wisdom, and guidance. Our churches have been stretched as we’ve had to adjust the way we do ministry in a social distancing environment. There’s so much conflicting information out there on the news and social

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Looking Ahead to 2021

Looking Ahead to 2021

If you could use just one word to describe 2020, what would that word be? For me, it would be the theme word(s) I chose for 2020 without knowing what this year would bring. My words for 2020 were Stillness and Pause. (I couldn’t decide between the two words, so I just focused on both of them. I chose them because I felt that life had gotten so busy, and I was running from one

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A Remedy for Anxiety

A Remedy for Anxiety

Are you feeling anxious these days? I have to admit I’ve had my fair share of anxious thoughts this year. 2020 has definitely been challenging for all of us. Earlier this year during our safer-at-home months, I did a series of video devotions with mugs for our Women’s Ministry. As I pulled out this mug this morning, I was reminded of that devotion and want to share it with you today. (If you’re reading this

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Feasting on God’s Word

Feasting on God's Word

I finally gave in last week and bought a bird feeder. I have lots of birds in my backyard, and even had a new family with little “birdlets” this past spring. The cats and I loved watching them come up on the patio and peck for food. Last week I decided it was time to buy a bird feeder and provide extra nourishment for these beautiful birds. So off to Lowe’s I went, excited to

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A Year of Uncertainty

A Year of Uncertainty

The year 2020 has rocked our world. In January, we never dreamed of being in the middle of a global pandemic, yet in March we began to see that this year was going to be anything but normal. As we spent three months at home, a sense of “normalcy” was missing. We longed to be face to face with friends and family, to worship together in person on Sundays, to travel and keep plans intact.

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A Morning Prayer

A Morning Prayer

The last few months have left me speechless. That’s why I haven’t posted a new blog post in a while—I haven’t known what to say or how to put my emotions into words. 2020 will definitely be a year we will remember, and not necessarily with fond memories. First came the “stay at home” season for several months due to the coronavirus. Just as we were beginning to open up the economy, we moved into

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From the Depths of Despair to the Thrill of Victory

From the Depths of Despair to the Thrill of Victory

As we approach Easter weekend, I wonder what the disciples must have felt on the day Jesus was crucified. I put myself in their places this morning, imagining the emotions and thoughts I would be experiencing had I been there when Jesus took His last breath on the cross. Would I have been overwhelmed with thanksgiving and hope in light of what His death would bring? Or would I have been feeling just the opposite? Disappointment

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Staying Strong in the Midst of Uncertain Times

Staying Strong in the Midst of Uncertain Times

Our lives have changed drastically in the past few weeks as we’ve been dealing with the coronavirus. Things change daily, and we aren’t sure what will happen next. It may seem that our world is out of control, but God is still in control. Our city of Memphis just went under the new order of “Safer at Home,” meaning we should stay home unless we have an essential job. Most of us have stocked up

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