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

Get Ready

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I’ve come to understand that preparation is important. It’s important in our everyday existence. It’s important for our spiritual lives. We must prepare for what God wants to do in and through us. I think sometimes we forget that God has always been in the miracle-working business and that business is still good. We miss the miracles looking at the messiness of life, caught up in the busyness of life and overwhelmed by the problems of life. Yet, God is still doing the miraculous, changing lives, and making the impossible a reality. Sometimes we need to adjust our vision, open our eyes and see the God who lives and loves us. Sometimes we need to celebrate in the darkness. Sometimes … Read More

Change

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It’s been said that it’s a woman’s prerogative to change her mind. I’d like to suggest that this is not just for women. Changeability is a good thing, maybe even a necessity. Sometimes we get stuck in old patterns and behaviors that desperately need to change. Change begins in your mind. The truth is, your actions won’t change until your thinking changes. Maybe God has been waiting for you to change your mind. Maybe that’s what is needed so the fresh wind of the Spirit can recreate, rejuvenate and restore. Maybe that’s why the Apostle Paul wrote, “whatever is true, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is pleasing, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence and if there … Read More

Be Still

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Mind numbing……. these are the only words I have to describe all that we have witnessed recently with the destruction, loss and death caused by Harvey and Irma. It is difficult to fully comprehend the images that reach out and overwhelm us on social media and television. How are we to process all that has happened in recent weeks in Texas and Florida? Is this even possible? Furthermore, how do we process these events as people of faith? I hear people saying things like, “God is trying to get our attention,” or “God is judging us.” I must say statements like these create a certain amount of discomfort within me. They make God sound petty and a bit scary. Does … Read More

Hope Lives

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The events of the past few weeks have been nothing short of extraordinary. I cannot adequately put into words the effects of watching the events that have unfolded recently. From the racism and hatred that reared its ugly head in Charlottesville, to the massive devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey. In addition to these recent events, I had a wedding, honeymoon and wedding celebration given by my church. Talk about an emotional rollercoaster! It’s been difficult to process all that has happened, and, in all honesty there were some things I just didn’t want to think about. The pain of watching white supremacists marching with torches reminiscent of the terrorism of the Ku Klux Klan was devastating to my soul. The … Read More