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Giving Thanks in All Things

Giving Thanks in All Things

Today is Thanksgiving Day, a day we slow down to give thanks. Yet, I was reminded this morning that I should be giving thanks every day of the year, not just on Thanksgiving. And I try to. I have a Thank You journal by my chair to write down what I’m thankful for each morning. It’s easy to thank God when things are going great — when my football team wins, when He answers my

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Moved to Worship

Moved to Worship

“I will lift up my eyes to the mountains; from where shall my help come? My help comes from the LORD, Who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2) Those verses took on new meaning for me as I spent the last ten days in Nepal, gazing at the beautiful Himalayan mountain ranges, including an up-close look at Mount Everest. My response every time I looked at the mountains was one of worship, wanting to fall

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Hope in the Midst of Dark Times

Hope in the Midst of Dark Times

I think we’re probably all familiar with the song, “This little light of mine. I’m gonna let it shine.” We tend to think of this song as a children’s song. But to be honest, the meaning of this song is just as much for adults as it is for kids. The challenge from this song is, are you going to let your light shine? Are you going to let the light of Christ in you

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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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