There are moments when God surprises you in such profound ways that there is no other way to describe it other than “Wow, God, You are amazing.” I recently experienced one of those moments and while it might seem unimportant in the big scheme of life, it was a significant moment for me. A moment when I felt overcome by the kindness of God. A moment I was reminded of how intimately He knows me and how much He cares about me.

During my high school years, I kept scrapbooks. It was the old traditional kind with large paper pages. I taped and glued every scrap of stuff onto the pages of my scrapbooks. Having always been a bit sentimental, I kept corsage ribbons, ticket stubs, school programs; you name it and I kept it.

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Aug
03

Getting Your Focus Back

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focus Have you ever found yourself feeling disconnected from God? Perhaps disgruntled? Depressed? Disillusioned?

In Psalm 73 we glimpse into the life of Asaph as he wakes up out of a spiritual sleep that had left him feeling all of that. He takes some time to unravel the threads that had bound him in negativity and shares his journey with us all.

We can almost feel his pain mingled with his relief as he shares:

Surely God is good to Israel,

    to those who are pure in heart.

2 But as for me, my feet had almost slipped;

    I had nearly lost my foothold.

Ever felt that way? Like you’d almost fallen into a dark place? Slipped off the edge and lost your faith?

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handheart For so many years of my life, I had a core belief that my heart was desperately wicked and if given the wrong opportunity, I would choose death instead of life. When I began to discover the truth that my heart was indeed good because I was in Christ, I moved away from a mindset of shame and guilt and have become increasingly free to be who I really am, a woman who loves God and loves others and loves myself.

What do you believe about your heart?

When you pause to consider who you really are, do you hear a voice whispering that you are a failure? A person whose heart is evil? Do you see your heart as a large chunk of real estate that is roped off as condemned?

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Jun
17

Finding Deep Rest for Your Soul

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toes in grassThe birds welcomed the new day, tweeting and chirping to one another as I sat on my back porch sipping my morning coffee and awakening. A gentle cool breeze blew and I almost felt I was back in Eden. I closed my eyes and took it all in.

I thought of Eden and what it must have been like to have lived before the Fall of Man. I pondered what all was lost when Adam and Eve opened themselves up to begin to question God’s heart for them.  Dominion. Authority. Immortality. Divine health. Relational peace.

 I thought of how Adam and Eve fell from a position of resting in God into a life of striving to maintain what God had intended for them to freely live in.

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May
27

Get Your Gratitude On

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Expressing gratitude is a key to living well. It opens our hearts to God and others, awakens our faith, and gives perspective to life.

Yet we often find ourselves stuck in the mire of discouragement, depression, hopelessness, resentment, and bitterness and expressing gratitude is the last thing we want to do and can feel very difficult to attempt.

Much easier is the choice to grumble, complain, doubt, fear, and expect to be disappointed both in God and in others.

Expressing gratitude removes the obstacles to seeing the wonder of life, the handiwork of God’s hands, and the beauty in people. The expression of gratitude leads us to experience gratitude. Experiencing gratitude changes us.

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