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A Tribute to Mom on Her 98th Birthday

My mom celebrated her 98th birthday today (February 17). I am so thankful to God for her and the spiritual impact she has made in my life and in the lives of so many others. I wanted to honor her today by listing a few of the things that I’ve learned from my precious mom over the years. 1. A smile is worth more than a thousand words. She can’t talk now, but her smile

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How To Minimize Stress in Your Life (Part 3)

Are you discouraged or feeling defeated? Do you need healing and restoration? We’ve been looking at five things to avoid in order to minimize stress, using Psalm 23 as a guide. The first two things we need to avoid are worry and running on empty. The third thing to avoid is despair. Psalm 23:3 – “He restores my soul.” This phrase literally reads, “He causes my vigor to return.” It means to restore vitality or

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How To Minimize Stress in Your Life (Part 2)

In my last post, I began a five-part series on how to minimize stress in your life by avoiding five things, using Psalm 23 as a guide. Last time we looked at how worry affects us and how to avoid it. The second thing to avoid is running on empty.     Psalm 23:2 – “He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters.” David gives us a picture of nourishment

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How to Deepen Your Faith

Do you have an overwhelming situation in your life? A situation that seems a bit daunting, a little scary, and you don’t know how you’ll get through it? I’ve been there, and I know what it feels like. But I’ve learned that my faith is strongest when I am desperately in need and realize I have no hope apart from Him. George Mueller said: “God delights to increase the faith of His children. We ought, instead

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5 Questions to Ponder As We Begin A New Year

A new year! I always get excited about what a new year might hold. God knows what’s ahead for each of us this year, and He reveals it to us one step at a time. For some, there will be great joy and pleasant surprises, gifts from God. For others, there will be heartache and sadness, gifts from God. How will we respond to what He has in store for us this year? I like to

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The Best Christmas Gift

The Best Christmas Gift

I have received many Christmas gifts over the years, but none compare to the gift God gave us over 2000 years ago when He sent His Son to this earth. The King of all creation left His throne to give us the gift of salvation. God chose to share the first proclamations of His Son’s arrival not to kings, not to the religious leaders of the day, not to the best and the brightest of the community. He

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How To Spend Time Alone With God

How To Spend Time Alone With God

I’m often asked what I do in my quiet times alone with God. I wrote a previous post on one method I sometimes use, Walking Through the Tabernacle. To be honest, I don’t have a set routine because I don’t want it to become mechanical, but I do have certain things that I incorporate into my quiet times each day. A Devotional Reading I like to begin by reading from a devotional book. Sometimes I use

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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 going up, Christmas music is being played on radio stations, the traffic around the malls has doubled, and many of us are hunkering down for winter weather this weekend. I love celebrating the birthday of my Savior, Jesus Christ. This past week, I shared a few thoughts with the women at our annual Women’s Christmas Dinner and gave them two questions to ponder over

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Give Thanks For Everything?

Give Thanks For Everything?

This week is Thanksgiving—a time we reflect on giving thanks. It’s easy to give thanks for those good things in life—a good home, a job, family, material blessings, and friends. But it’s not as easy to give thanks for those unwanted intruders into our lives—like pain, suffering, loss, disappointment. Are we to give thanks for those difficult things also? Yes. We are to give thanks in everything. God’s Word tells us to. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

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Lessons Learned From a Rock Badger

Where do you run for strength, protection, and security when life gets hard and you find yourself in the midst of one spiritual battle after another? Isaiah 26:3–4 points us to where we should run, if we’re wise. “The steadfast of mind You will keep in perfect peace, because he trusts in You. Trust in the LORD forever, For in GOD the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock.” The key word in this passage is

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