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An “Only God” Moment

An “Only God” Moment

When was the last time you saw God do something that only He could do? This past weekend I was in Dallas for a book signing and to see old friends. It was a packed weekend, but every moment was rich. Sunday afternoon a major storm descended on Dallas—dark skies, strong winds, heavy rain, and quarter-sized hail. Power went out, and all we could do was wait till it was over. After the storm passed,

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4 Hindrances to a Healthy Prayer Life

4 Hindrances to a Healthy Prayer Life

How would you describe your prayer life? Vibrant? Dry? A ritual? A sweet time of communion with the Lord? For some, prayer has become nothing more than a routine ritual they go through out of a sense of obligation. But Jesus saw prayer as a necessity, not an obligation. No matter how busy He was, He always took time to pray. He knew the importance of spending time alone with the Father in prayer. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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Unexpected Interruptions

Unexpected Interruptions

Ever have one of those days when unexpected interruptions arise? This morning as I was turning into the church parking lot on my way to the office, I was delayed by an unexpected interruption—a family of Canadian geese crossing the driveway. There was no way I could get around them, and I obviously didn’t want to run over them. So, I patiently/impatiently waited for the entire group to cross. They didn’t move at the speed

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Let Your Light Shine

Let Your Light Shine

If you were asked to take a picture of something that reflected your life today and what you’re feeling, what would that picture be? Recently, our church staff went away for an overnight retreat—a time to slow down and reflect on life. Right before free time, we were asked to go outside and find something to take a picture of that would reflect how we’re feeling about where we are in life. At first, I

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The Comfort of Knowing There’s Life After Death

The Comfort of Knowing There's Life After Death

Losing a loved one is never easy. I will soon be standing with my family at the graveside of my precious cousin whose life will end much sooner than any of us ever expected. It’s a good reminder that life is fleeting, and we don’t know how long we have on this earth. Today they took her off the ventilator, and we wait. Yes, God could do a miracle, but we are at peace knowing

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Valentine’s Day Through the Eyes of a Single

Valentine's Day Through the Eyes of a Single

Today is Valentine’s Day, and many look forward to this day each year. But for others, Valentine’s Day is hard. 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 I don’t always look forward to Valentine’s Day, but my perspective makes a big difference.

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Seven Qualities of a Kindred Spirit Friendship

Seven Qualities of a Kindred Spirit Friendship

Friendships are truly a gift from God. Every once in a while, God brings along a friend who “gets” you, who totally understands you, and vice versa—a kindred spirit. If you have had a kindred spirit friend, you know what that looks like, and it’s hard to explain. It’s not a relationship you have to work hard to make happen; it just happens. God’s hand is clearly in it. In Philippians 2:20, Paul refers to

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Fighting the Battle of Inadequacy

Fighting the Battle of Inadequacy

I’ve been feeling inadequate lately. It seems life is busier than ever, and there are more things to get done than time to do them. And I’m doubting if I can do the tasks given to me and do them well. Yep, I’m fighting the battle of inadequacy. Every day I find myself telling God, “I can’t do this.” Maybe you’re fighting the battle of inadequacy, too. God, I can’t be a good mom, or

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What Are You Giving Jesus for His Birthday?

What Are You Giving Jesus for His Birthday?

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Decorations are up, Christmas music is being played on radio stations, the traffic around the malls has doubled, and many are preparing to travel to be with families over the holiday. I love this time of year as we celebrate the birthday of our Savior, Jesus Christ. But, sometimes I can get so busy with doing and running around that I don’t slow down and reflect on

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Tears at Thanksgiving

Tears at Thanksgiving

As I write this blog post this morning, I’m wiping away tears. I just received word that a dear friend of mine here in Memphis lost both her parents last night in a tragic train accident. How does one handle this kind of grief? My heart goes out to the families who are still in shock that this has happened so suddenly. It’s the day before Thanksgiving—a time we focus on giving thanks. How do

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