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Because He Lives . . .

Because He Lives . . .

The years 2020 and 2021 have been challenging. Just when I say, “It can’t get any worse,” something happens that proves me wrong. It has been a season that has kept me on my knees looking to Him for strength, wisdom, and guidance. Our churches have been stretched as we’ve had to adjust the way we do ministry in a social distancing environment. There’s so much conflicting information out there on the news and social

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Looking Ahead to 2021

Looking Ahead to 2021

If you could use just one word to describe 2020, what would that word be? For me, it would be the theme word(s) I chose for 2020 without knowing what this year would bring. My words for 2020 were Stillness and Pause. (I couldn’t decide between the two words, so I just focused on both of them. I chose them because I felt that life had gotten so busy, and I was running from one

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From the Depths of Despair to the Thrill of Victory

From the Depths of Despair to the Thrill of Victory

As we approach Easter weekend, I wonder what the disciples must have felt on the day Jesus was crucified. I put myself in their places this morning, imagining the emotions and thoughts I would be experiencing had I been there when Jesus took His last breath on the cross. Would I have been overwhelmed with thanksgiving and hope in light of what His death would bring? Or would I have been feeling just the opposite? Disappointment

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Pondering a New Year

Pondering a New Year

How are you looking at this upcoming year? With excitement about what God might do? With some apprehension about the unknown? With confusion as to the “next step” in your life? All of the above? One of the things I like to do at the end of the year and on New Year’s Day is to read back through my journals for the previous year and see all that God did. It reminds me of

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The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

While I was grocery shopping today, I heard the song “It’s the most wonderful time of the year.” Christmas is the most wonderful time of the year!  But why? Is it because of the delicious food we eat and the extra pounds we add? Is it because of family and friends we spend time with? Is it because of the gifts we give and receive, or the festive decorations, or the beautiful Christmas music? If

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Giving Thanks Even When It’s Not Easy

Giving Thanks Even When It's Not Easy

This week we celebrate Thanksgiving Day, a day we set aside 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. And when I crawl in bed at night, I thank God for at least one thing that day.

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Valentine’s Day Through the Eyes of a Single

Valentine's Day Through the Eyes of a Single

Today is Valentine’s Day, and many look forward to this day each year. But for others, Valentine’s Day is hard. 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 I don’t always look forward to Valentine’s Day, but my perspective makes a big difference.

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Happy New Year!

Happy New Year!

Where has 2018 gone? This year flew by, and 2019 will be here in just a few hours! I always like to take some time at the end of each year to journal about the previous year—the highlights as well as things that were tough. This year has been a good year but also challenging. As each year passes, I realize just how much I need God—His direction, His wisdom, His strength. This morning I

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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 up, Christmas music is being played on radio stations, the traffic around the malls has doubled, and many are preparing to travel to be with families over the holiday. I love this time of year as we celebrate the birthday of our Savior, Jesus Christ. But, sometimes I can get so busy with doing and running around that I don’t slow down and reflect on

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Tears at Thanksgiving

Tears at Thanksgiving

As I write this blog post this morning, I’m wiping away tears. I just received word that a dear friend of mine here in Memphis lost both her parents last night in a tragic train accident. How does one handle this kind of grief? My heart goes out to the families who are still in shock that this has happened so suddenly. It’s the day before Thanksgiving—a time we focus on giving thanks. How do

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