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When God Has to Slow Us Down

When God Has to Slow Us Down

Oh, no! The one thing I was hoping to avoid happened this past weekend. I guess I was way overdue. I’ve been faithful every year in getting the flu shot, and I was planning to get the shot this Friday when I had my regular appointment with my doctor. The only problem – I got the flu last weekend – before I could get the shot. It wasn’t what I had planned for this week.

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Your First Love

Your First Love

Recently, I was listening online to one of my seminary professors speaking at the Dallas Seminary Chapel. He shared how he had received a letter from a seminary graduate expressing gratitude for the education he had received there during his time in seminary. But the graduate went on to write something that was deeply disturbing. He said that when he arrived on campus, he was deeply in love with Jesus Christ. But when he left,

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Diagnosis: DO Syndrome

Diagnosis: DO Syndrome

I suffer from the DO syndrome. Have you heard of it? Here are some of the symptoms of the DO syndrome: Is easily distracted from the task at hand Has difficulty focusing on just one thing Can’t seem to finish one project before starting at least five others in the process Is a master at multi-tasking (That’s not necessarily a good thing.) Can push aside the most important things in order to take care of

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The Perfect “Crutch”

The Perfect "Crutch"

Years ago, I stepped off a curb without paying attention and sprained my ankle. It was painful, but I was thankful I didn’t break any bones. However, I had to use crutches for a week. They helped, but they were never meant to be a permanent fix. Their purpose was to assist me in getting around for a short period of time while my ankle healed. We all have potential crutches in our lives –

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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions!

I don’t enjoy making decisions. Sometimes I can’t even decide which brand of yogurt I want to buy for the week. Decisions like that aren’t critical, but they’re still not easy for me. Some decisions are major. Do I take this job? Do I marry this person? Do I buy this house, or that one? How do I know God’s will for me? When I have to make a major decision, I like to use

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Words of Encouragement

Words of Encouragement

  One of the most difficult seasons in my life was watching my elderly mom decline in the nursing home and wondering why God didn’t release her from her earthly body sooner. I cried; I questioned God’s love for mom (and me); I had many honest conversations with God. But I look back at that season now and realize how God’s timing was perfect in my mom’s Home going, and how He used that time

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Enjoying God’s Creation

Enjoying God's Creation

I love the beach! This week I’ve had some rest time at the beach with my family, and it’s been just what I needed. One of my favorite things about it is the beautiful sunsets. One night this was the picture of the sky from our balcony. When I see the beauty of God’s creation on this earth, I can’t even imagine what heaven is going to look like. As beautiful as this sunset was,

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An Undivided Devotion

An Undivided Devotion

To whom or what are you devoted? This past Sunday, I challenged the women at my church to an undivided devotion – a devotion for Christ, unparalleled by any earthly devotion. But how do we develop and maintain an undivided devotion for God? I used the word devotion as an acrostic to give us some key words to keep in mind as we pursue an undivided devotion. D – Distractions What are the distractions in

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I Love You, But the Answer is No!

I Love You, But the Answer is No!

I’m glad God doesn’t give me everything I ask for! There have been things I’ve asked God for and He didn’t answer the way I had hoped. For instance, for years, I asked Him for a husband, and He said no. At first, I questioned His love for me, but now, I see where being single has freed me up to give myself wholeheartedly to ministry. I have found sweet contentment with where God has

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Finding Your Purpose

Finding Your Purpose

(Because of a hectic schedule at work this week, I am sharing a post from several years ago.) When I was a little girl, I came very close to drowning one summer in Lake Plain Dealing. That event had a huge impact in my life. I remember waking up in the middle of the night and crying out to God, “Lord, you didn’t take me home. You left me on this earth, so you must

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