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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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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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Giving Thanks

Giving Thanks

As we celebrate Thanksgiving this week, here are some things I am thankful for – not just at Thanksgiving, but throughout the year. T – Time on this earth. I’m thankful for every day God gives me here. H – Heaven is my eternal home. When my time on this earth is done, I will go HOME. A – Acceptance. Acceptance by God in spite of things I’ve regrettably done N – New friends God

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A Mistake or Something Beautiful?

A Mistake or Something Beautiful?

This picture hangs in my office. The artist? Me. Before you jump to conclusions, let me clarify. I painted this picture during an afternoon breakout session at our women’s retreat several years ago, taught by Jennifer Fergus. I am not good at art, but I do enjoy stretching myself and doing something out of my comfort zone. Art doesn’t come naturally for me, so I have to work hard at it. Jennifer carefully guided us

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The Discouraging Side of Ministry

The Discouraging Side of Ministry

I love my job as the Women’s Ministry Director at my church. Just last week, I told the Lord as I crawled into bed how thankful I am for this job and how much I love going to work every day. But to be honest, working in full-time ministry is not always a bed of roses. There are days I want to quit; days that are so disappointing and discouraging that I have shut the

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When Life Is a Mess

When Life Is a Mess

I came home one day recently to this scene – a laundry room completely ransacked. No, I wasn’t broken into by robbers. My cat Hobson decided to have a field day and climb onto things he shouldn’t have been climbing on – resulting in a mess on the laundry room floor. Somedays, life is like that. Things are going along smoothly, and we turn a corner or open a door. SURPRISE! Something totally unexpected is

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If God is Sovereign, Why … ?

If God is Sovereign, Why ... ?

  If God is sovereign, why does He allow natural disasters and catastrophes? If God is in control of everything — the weather, the oceans, the earth — why does He allow innocent people to die because of earthquakes, floods, tornados, tsunamis? It’s a tough question and one we’ve probably all asked at some point in our lives. We don’t always understand why, but we can trust that God knows what He’s doing and He

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Jigsaw Puzzles and Prayer

Jigsaw Puzzles and Prayer

You’re probably wondering what the connection is between jigsaw puzzles and prayer. A few weeks ago Debbie Hannah Skinner spoke at our Women’s Retreat on Fixing our Eyes on Jesus. She talked about the distractions that hinder us from doing that and then gave us a chance to use our hands and minds to help us focus on a verse or a truth from Scripture. She had us write a verse in the circle in

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The Lesson of Grace Through the Eyes of a Cat

The Lesson of Grace Through the Eyes of a Cat

I recently adopted two kittens named Hobson and Hannah. They are now about six months old, and they are a handful, especially the little boy kitten. Hobson gave me a picture of grace recently. He loves to climb, especially on places he has no business climbing on. One of his favorite places to climb on is the wall of my walk-in shower, where he precariously tries to balance himself without falling in.  I have scolded him

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