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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 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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