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You’re a Mess!

You’re a Mess!

“What’s wrong with you??? You’re a mess!” Those words came out of my mouth in frustration this past Tuesday morning. No, I wasn’t speaking to a child or to myself. I was talking to my sweet cat Hobson. In the midst of trying to have some quiet time with the Lord that morning, Hobson was a definite distraction. He was chewing the cord on the lamp. I unplugged the lamp. He tried to put his

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Lies, Lies, and More Lies

Lies, Lies, and More Lies

Are you believing any lies this week? Lies that the world is trying to convince you as truth, or lies that Satan is desperately attempting to get you to believe? When I was on staff with Cru years ago, Ney Bailey wrote a book called Faith is Not a Feeling. I still apply truths from that book some 30 years later. She taught us to identify what we’re feeling, but then write out the truth

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I Love You, Jesus

I Love You, Jesus

A Guest Post by Katy Kauffman: Katy is a friend of mine who shares a love for writing Bible studies and pointing others to Jesus.   I love You, Jesus. You wrapped Yourself in human flesh, fragile and weak. The Mighty God became a man, the Creator became as the created. You were patient with the passage of time. You grew up, learned, and read the Scriptures. You taught the temple teachers. You never chose

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Social Media: A Blessing or Curse?

Social Media: A Blessing or Curse?

Is social media helping us or hurting us today? I admit that I enjoy social media. I am on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn. But I don’t know how to tweet, and I don’t use Pinterest (I know – some of you are in shock!). I just recently got on Facebook after years of saying I never would. But I wanted to stay in touch with friends and family and reconnect with friends all over the

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No Regrets

No Regrets

I just returned from a trip to Israel. What an incredible time of studying and walking through the land where our Savior walked. God taught me much during the days in Israel, and I’m still processing everything. One morning we went to Masada, and several in our group wanted to hike to the top. I went back and forth – should I attempt it or not? Finally, I decided to go for it. About 15

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Lessons from an Opossum

Lessons from an Opossum

Several weeks ago, I opened my shutters one morning and was shocked to discover an uninvited family camping in my backyard. I was intrigued by this small mother who was carrying all of her new babies on her back. This family was a family of opossums. I guess I never realized the method that the momma opossum uses to carry her babies, but it was mesmerizing to watch her. I felt compassion for her and

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Feeling A Little Stressed

Feeling A Little Stressed

Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all the things being added to your to-do list? Do you lie awake at night wondering how you’re going to find the time to get everything done? I feel that way this week. Deadlines are looming over me at work, things at home need to be addressed and taken care of, preparations for an upcoming trip are waiting to be done, lectures need to be written, my refrigerator is

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Dreading Valentine’s Day?

Dreading Valentine's Day?

Valentine’s Day is coming up, and many look forward to this day each year. But for others, Valentine’s Day is a tough day. You may be single and feeling lonely, or you may be divorced or widowed and feeling the sting of being alone. Or you may be married, but feeling unloved in your marriage. As an older single, I have to admit that I don’t always look forward to Valentine’s Day, but my perspective

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The Deception of Pride

The Deception of Pride

Ok, I’m going to go ahead and say it – I struggle with pride. And I’m not proud of it! But to be honest, I think we all struggle with pride in some form. Pride can be deceptive, so we may not even be aware of it. Here are some ways pride deceives us: 1. Pride deceives us into believing we’re self-sufficient. When things are going great in life, we can develop the attitude of,

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Using Your Spiritual Gifts

Using Your Spiritual Gifts

Every year a state of panic sets in among church staff and ministry leaders as they are tasked with recruiting people to fill positions in ministry for the next year. Many volunteer to serve, but there are times we can’t find anyone to serve in an area of need. Or the person serving isn’t the right fit for the position. God wants us to serve, but He doesn’t want us to be miserable and burned out.

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