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Intimate, precious, sacred are the moments when I meet with God and God speaks to me in such personal ways as if to say, “I know you altogether. I am involved in each part of your journey.”

He is always speaking but there are times when His voice becomes so clear, so specific, that I am left in awe because of His heart of love.  These last few months have been times like that for me. They’ve been difficult days in some ways. Stretching moments. Challenging times.  But in the midst of them, I’ve clearly felt God’s direction and His invitation into the deeper waters of His presence. And there, in His presence, He has responded to my heart with overwhelming love. I am amazed at just how intimately He knows me and is working things out on my behalf.

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I felt drawn to spend more time than normal in God’s Word last month. I sensed I needed to strengthen myself in Him and His Word and spend more time in prayer. God was preparing me for the days ahead.

The last couple of weeks, I’ve found myself reading through the book of Psalms. The Psalms are like an old friend to me. I’ve read them so many, many times. They comfort and strengthen me. Their beauty causes me to pause and meditate. I love their honesty. Their lack of pretense. Just real people encountering a real God.

Today as I made my way to Psalm 94, verse 19 jumped off the page.  I’ve read it multiple times but today I saw it. I heard it for the first time.

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Dec
13

Birthday Moments

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chocolate cakeBirthdays are such a convoluted thing for me.  Joy is rolled together with sadness. Mourning is intertwined with celebration. Thankfully it is overall a most beautiful day as I celebrate my birth and my life.

With my birthday smack dab in the middle of the holiday season, life tends to be busy and noisy and yet my birthday and the dawn of a new year beckon me to evaluate, make resolutions, and search my soul.  Moments of reflection lead me to the many of the same questions I ask every year on my birthday.  

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Nov
27

Remembering God at Thanksgiving

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happy thanksgivingHas the giving of thanks disappeared from your Thanksgiving Day?

Thanksgiving has been a national holiday in America since 1863 when Abraham Lincoln set the day aside as a day of prayer and thanksgiving.  In our society today, the idea of a Thanksgiving holiday brings thoughts of food, time off work, shopping, ballgames, family get-togethers and more. Yet I wonder how often this day will lead us to times of true giving of thanks and prayer?

Recently I was meditating on Psalm 78 and paused at the invitation to share God’s goodness with our families in verses 4-5 “…telling to the generation to come the praises of the LORD and His strength and His wonderful works that He has done…. He commanded our fathers that they should make them known to their children that the generation to come might know them, The children who would be born, that they may arise and declare them to their children, that they may set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God but keep His commandments.”

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Who are you? What is your purpose in life? People everywhere struggle to answer these questions.  Yet deep within every human heart there is a call to live with purpose, to live knowing you are doing what you were created to do.

Studies say that near the end of life, only 20% of people feel that they had accomplished what they were created to do. This is tragic on so many levels.

Life is meant to be lived fully, fully connected to God and His plans and purposes. Anything else is a lesser life and I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to settle for less. I want more. I want it all. All God has for me.

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