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Sep
28

The Kind of Daddy Every Little Girl Needs

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DSC02213When things are as they should be in a family, there is something magical between little girls and their daddies. The relational dynamic is loaded with purpose and power. From the moment that a father holds his little girl in his arms for the first time,  until the day he walks her down the aisle and releases her to “the man of her dreams”, father-daughter relationships have the potential to express the best of life and God’s heart.

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Sep
21

The Big Picture

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big picture We often talk about “the big picture”, the sum total of all the pieces of the puzzle. We talk about whether or not we can understanding our role in the big scheme of things.

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Sep
19

I Have Something to Say

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This morning I had a somewhat humorous conversation with God. It went something like this:

Me: God, tell Eddie (my husband) that he hurt my feelings last night.

God: No, you tell him. You’ve got a voice. Use it.

At which point, I pretty much burst into laughter. You see, I’ve been working quite hard for the last few years at learning to use my voice. Oh, not just for day to day chit-chat. I’ve been pretty good at that for some time now but for many years I had struggled with really sharing my most intimate thoughts with others, my husband included.

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Sep
03

The Fight for Quiet, pt. 3

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 quiet place2I closed my eyes (yet just so you know, often they are open). I sought to take every thought captive. I resisted every wandering thought that popped into my mind. I focused all my energy on being quiet.

Thoughts of what needed to be bought at the grocery flooded in. Guilty feelings tugged at me as I looked at wilting plants I had neglected in the hot, humid days of Alabama summer.

Ah, the typical beginning of my quiet time.

Renegade thoughts insisting on my attendance. Emotional impulses dancing around my head. The battle to “be” with God.

I push on. My mind quietens. My emotions calm. I open my heart to the presence of God.

Pulling the breakers on all input but God’s requires my diligence.

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Sep
01

The Fight for Quiet, pt. 2

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Relationships require work. Maintainance. Attention.

I have a relationship with God. He is always my father whether or not I spend time with Him. Yet He issues a beautiful invitation to me- and to you- to come to Him.

Having a time each day when I acknowledge my relationship with God by spending time communicating with Him is what many call “quiet time”. Perhaps the reason we call it quiet time is because it is a time of “quieting” our busy minds so that we can be more aware of God in us.

This time is never to feel like a chore. It is, however, a discipline. I’ve learned throughout the years that I need this time with God for many reasons so I am aware that this time should be a part of my daily life.

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