Archive for the Devotional Category

Life and Death

I’ve been thinking a lot about death lately. No, I’m not being morbid. But in the past two years, I have attended quite a few funerals and visitations for those who have gone home to be with the Lord. Some of these are parents of friends – parents who lived a long life. However, I’ve also attended funerals this past year of friends who were in the prime of their lives and were effectively serving

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Impossible. Difficult. Done.

Hudson Taylor faced many hard situations in his endeavor to win China for Christ. He counted three phases in most great tasks undertaken for God – impossible, difficult, done. Monday night I attended an art class, which is completely out of my comfort zone. I am not artistic or creative and it stretches me to use that part of my brain. But I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and do something that

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Balancing the Seesaw of Life

When I was a kid, we had a home-made seesaw in our backyard, and my brothers and I, along with friends, would often play on it. The objective was to balance the ends so that you could have an enjoyable up and down experience. However, sometimes the objective was to stay on the ground and keep the other person stuck in the air. You always wanted to be the one safely on the ground, and

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Growling at God

Today I have asked my friend Mandy Lawrence to guest post. I recently finished her book Wisdom from Wilbur and thoroughly enjoyed it – couldn’t put it down. It made me laugh, but it also convicted me as I could see myself in those lessons taught by a small dachshund named Wilbur. Below is an excerpt from Mandy’s book. I encourage you to pick up a copy and let Wilbur show you some things about your relationship

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My Anxious Thoughts …

I had trouble going to sleep last night because I couldn’t turn off my anxious thoughts. Thoughts like: How am I ever going to get this done in time? What am I going to do if this happens? I don’t know what to do in this situation. What if . . . ? You can probably add your own anxious thoughts to that list. This morning as I was journaling in my quiet time with the

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How Can I Find Contentment in Singleness?

Before you delete this, thinking it doesn’t apply to you if you’re married, keep reading. Even if you’re married, you most likely know someone who is single – a child, a friend, a grandchild, a coworker. Because I’m single, I often get asked questions about finding contentment in singleness. To be honest, when I was in my 20’s and 30’s, I was not excited to be single. I prayed fervently for God to bring a

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The Days of Our Lives

Are you happy with the script God has written for your life? This week I was reading Nancy Leigh DeMoss’ devotional book, The Quiet Place. Her words on April 27 have stayed with me all week. I’ve been thinking about her questions and, as a result, have had some sweet, honest, intimate times with the Lord. She reminded me in this devotion that life doesn’t always go the way I envision it. I don’t always

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What Do You Want To Do With Your Life?

  I was recently asked the questions, “What would you like to be doing in the next five years? What do you ultimately aspire to be/do?” As I pondered those questions, I thought back to all the jobs I have had in my life – waitress, medical technologist, on staff with Campus Crusade (locally and internationally), phlebotomist, perfusionist, and now Women’s Ministry Director. My initial response to those questions was: I want to be a

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Thoughts to Ponder for Easter

“O Death, where is your Victory? O death, where is your sting?” 1 Corinthians 15:55 As Easter approaches, I am so thankful for the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I have been reflecting on death lately as I have watched friends lose parents and loved ones, and as I watch my 98-year-old mom decline in health in the nursing home. I have mixed emotions. Part of me can’t imagine life without her on this

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Better Than A Fitbit

I am now the proud owner of a Fitbit. For those of you not familiar with a Fitbit, it’s a device you wear on your wrist or waist that tells you how many steps you take a day, how many stairs you climb, how many calories you burn, how many miles you walk, how many hours you sleep at night, how many times you wake up or are restless, and how long it takes to fall

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