From My Heart to Your Heart

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Psalms 54:6 I will freely sacrifice unto thee: I will praise thy name, O LORD; for it is good. I can vividly remember growing up watching my mother every week, like clockwork, write a check for tithes. No matter what shape our family was in, or in my mind what we were doing without, she always wrote that check. I can remember seeing her pray sometimes before she filled the check in. But she did it. I would actually get angry at times when she did that. I figured, ‘wouldn’t God understand if she used that money to buy me a new pair of pants, a pair of Converse or lunch money?” It was years later I told her about … Read More

Are You Willing To Take the Next Step

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Are You Willing To Take The Next Step? 2 Kings 4:2 – “Your servant has nothing there at all,” she said, “except a little oil.” There is a powerful story tucked away in 2 Kings Chapter 4. It tells of a woman who had reached the end of her rope. Her husband had died. She had no way to pay her debts. There was no Social Security, Welfare, Medicaid, Medicare or other assistance programs at that time. Her creditors decided to take her two sons as slaves for payment of the obligations that still remained. She was at the end with no hope in sight. She couldn’t see the next day and above all of that, she had NOTHING in … Read More

New Year, Same You, Same God

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It’s 2018! It is a new year, with new possibilities, new hopes, new dreams and more New Year’s resolutions. I wonder why most of us don’t keep the resolutions we make year after year. Studies have shown that 80% of people fail to keep New Year’s resolutions and 70% last for one month or less. Resolutions are like wishes. They sound good, but there’s no real substance to them. Perhaps it would be good to bear in mind that while the year may be new, you’re the same. So am I. The change in the date doesn’t automatically translate into a changed life. Real change, requires real work. Let’s say, for example, you want to lose weight (I know, sensitive … Read More

The Reason for the Season

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The Reason for the Season It’s the most wonderful time of the year. Or so the song says. The truth is, the Christmas season can be challenging and wonderful at the same time. Many are excited, anticipating a wonderful time with family and friends. Many are stressed, worried and over extended, trying to buy too many gifts for too many people. Some are stressed because they cannot afford to buy gifts at all. Others are grieving and sad, experiencing Christmas without the presence of someone dear. Wherever you are, whatever your story, I pray that God’s grace and mercy will surround you. I pray that you slow down long enough to allow the light of God’s love to fill your … Read More

Let’s Talk

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I got up one morning and said to my husband of two months, “Let’s go walking.” He agreed and we headed out to walk around the lake near our home. I began to fall behind him and reminded him that I couldn’t walk as quickly as he did. I noticed that he wasn’t saying much which began to frustrate me. We continued on in silence until I began to explain to him that I thought a walk would be a nice outing for us and that perhaps he needed to be more spontaneous. He replied, “I thought we were going to exercise.” I realized he was just as frustrated as I was. What followed was a very interesting conversation. It … Read More