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Life is replete with beginnings and endings. Chapters begin and chapters close. And for me, beginnings and endings were marked and chapters were written as I sat around my mother’s dining room table.

Mornings often began around that table in my family.

When I awakened on weekday mornings, my parents were sitting at that table drinking coffee and looking out the sliding glass door onto the pasture land, watching the cattle graze. I used to wonder why they wasted all that time, getting up so much earlier than they had to.  My older, wiser perspective now understands the time spent awakening and talking and allowing coffee and conversation to do their rousing work.

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Categories : Change, family, grief, Motherhood
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promises

Have you ever found yourself facing an impossible situation when it appeared that your circumstances were too difficult to overcome? Ever felt like the children of Israel, who left Egypt with hope in their hearts about the land of promise, only to find themselves challenged by emotions of anxiety, fear, dread, and doubt? God had brought them to the banks of the river during flood season. It was impossible to cross and yet that was exactly what He was asking them to do. 

As God brings us from one place to another, He awakens hope in our hearts as we sense that something new and glorious is almost close enough to reach out and touch. Simultaneously we often experience fear of the unknown ahead of us.

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Turn into the Sunlight

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daffodils in snow

 

I can never quite embrace what others describe as the ‘beauty of winter’. Winter and I are not the best of friends.  I simply endure winter.  I can enjoy the beauty of an occasional snow here in North Alabama, but mostly I just try not to think of how long winter seems and just gather my strength for one more day of it until it ends.

 My daughter and some of my friends actually enjoy winter. They love the snuggle-in-feeling that comes with the dark and foggy days. Visions of hot chocolate, comfort foods, and long talks with friends and family dance in their heads.

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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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Categories : restoration, seasons
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2forgiveness 

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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Categories : Anxiety
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