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Receiving Real Rest

Are you weary? Are you carrying heavy burdens? Sometimes I wake up in the morning feeling like the weight of the world is on me. I may get temporary, physical relief, or even a mental escape, from a vacation or time doing something I enjoy. Although those things are all good and needed, I still…

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Great Days Can Become Sad

What are some of the most important days of the year for you? For many, Christmas, anniversaries, birthdays, special holidays are among the most important. These are all great days to celebrate and memorialize. At times though, GREAT days can become SAD or discouraging days. In December, I buried my lovely bride of 27 years,…

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Sacrificial Love

Lately, I have been walking through a unique season in my life that has me thinking about the nuances of love we don’t often hear about. Yes. Love can be beautiful, fulfilling, and life-giving, but there are seasons when love is simply a challenge — when love is sacrificial love. Last year, my husband and…

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Looking Back

The other day, I googled quotes on looking back. Boy, what a mistake. First, the volume of opinion about whether or not looking back in your life is a great, or terrible, idea is substantial. 50% of all the quotes I read centered around the idea that looking backward in life is unnecessary, unproductive, and…

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I Have Something To Confess

I have a confession to make. After years of walking with Jesus, and studying the Bible, I still struggle with extending grace.  Perhaps you can relate. It is one of the most challenging commands from God that I’ve had to follow. Yet, it seems that the more I pray, and ask for grace, the more…

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A Star Signals Hope 🌟

As you pause to read this, the full-on, no holding back, hustle and bustle of Christmas is upon us. Family, friends, eating, parties, presents, car rides, plane trips, cooking, baking, more eating, stockings, endless dishes in the sink, candlelight service at church, kids up at 3:30 AM, “Did we get batteries?”, Christmas wrapping everywhere… all…

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When Christmas Feels Like a Waiting Game

It seems like there is Christmas cheer everywhere, maybe even more so this year, as so many are finally able to see friends and loved ones. But that may not be your story. You may feel like you are walking through this season with bricks on your feet because everything is just…SO… heavy. May I…

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Jesus is Leading

My family is full of musicians – they sing, play instruments, and harmonize. Whenever my adult kids are home, there is singing throughout the house. It’s one of my favorite sounds. Dance has always been my preferred art form. I’ve been known to make my family laugh by breaking out unexpected dance moves at the…

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One Wedding • Three Lessons

25 days ago, I stood in front of God and my loved ones to say “I Do” to my best friend. Being a hopeless romantic, I had longed for a love story and envisioned this day for many, many years. As I reflect back now, just a few weeks later, it’s not the wedding day…

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Letting Go Is Where Life Begins

I wonder, does this happen to you too?  For me, I’ll begin to get a sense that God is telling me something, and then I start to see and hear affirmations of it everywhere – words from a loved one, a page from a book I’m just casually glancing at, even street signs! Seemingly, one…

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