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When Jesus made his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, many saw him coming as their deliverer and believed he was coming to deliver them from the crushing rule of Rome. They knew the prophecy of Zechariah, “Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey.” We are told that a great multitude spread their clothes out on the road as an act of homage for royalty. They recognized that Jesus was indeed saying he was their king. They shouted and rejoiced.

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Mar
22

An Unhurried Heart

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In the midst of full lives, busy days, and moments that fly by so quickly they are barely noticed, God calls us to way of living that emanates from an unhurried heart.

And while that may seem impossible in today’s world, the mandates of Scripture stand firm.

Our lives are to show the fruit of the Spirit of God living inside us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control. Such fruit can only be grown in a life that is rooted in a deepening relationship with God, which requires attentiveness and prioritizing and a good measure of being present with an unhurried heart.

One of the greatest traps of the enemy of our souls is to ensnare us in busyness. When busyness characterizes our lifestyle, spiritual disciplines such as mediation, Scripture memory, Bible reading, and prayer often fly out the window.

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Mar
02

Chocolate Cake for Breakfast

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chocolate cake Life is always uncertain. Most of the time, I live as if that isn’t true and yet the last two years have consistently reminded me that things can change at any given moment.

My mom has had multiple new health concerns in recent days. Calls from her assisted living facility mean immediate changes in my daily schedule in order to facilitate Mom’s care. Unplanned doctor visits and hospital stays trump my normal life and remind me that I’m not really in control of my life as much as I’d like to believe.

It reminds me of the days when my kids were small and you never knew when a stomach virus or some other unplanned thing would show up to throw a wrench into life’s schedule. Flexibility was a necessity in those days.

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Feb
22

Trust without Borders

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walking in water“Spirit, lead me where my trust is without borders. Let me walk upon the waters, wherever you would call me. Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander, and my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Savior.”

Trust without borders.

As I listened to those words in the song*, God touched a place in my heart. I recognized the voice of the Spirit reminding me that there is a deeper place I can go in my relationship with Him.

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Feb
07

A Less Anxious Presence

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sun soakingI recently heard someone say their goal for the year was to have a “less anxious presence”. I immediately loved that phrase and found it came from a book called The Leader’s Journey by Herrington, Creech, and Taylor.  I didn’t recall having heard of the book but jotted down the name, intending to check it out later. However I quickly forgot all about the book.

A few days ago I finally got around to unpacking some books from a week away last October. One of the books was The Leader’s Journey. I had bought the book but not gotten around to reading. it Not yet making the connection, I began reading the book and this morning I saw it. That phrase, “a less anxious presence”.  An aha moment! Once again, my soul and spirit inside me felt the yearning to connect to all that phrase represented.

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