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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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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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hopelessness The raw, real, unsanitized pages of God’s Word give me permission to live an authentic life. In a world where we are pressured to look a certain way and act a particular way in order to be a part of the crowd, how beautiful it is that God never encourages us to pretend to be something we are not. He unapologetically calls us to change and grow, but that change begins in acknowledging what is true.

Psalm 42 rips open the world of the Psalmist, spilling out his current struggle with depression. I was drawn there this morning. My truth today is that my heart is heavy as I am faced with my mother’s failing memory and the loss of much of her sense of self. And no matter what may be weighing you down today, help is found in the relevancy of this Psalm.

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May
03

Rainbows and Roses

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Little girls dream of the day their daddy walks them down the aisle and gives them away to the man of their dreams but life sometimes doesn’t unfold according to our dreams.

Last Saturday when my niece, Whitney, appeared as a beautiful bride about to walk down the aisle to her soon-to-be husband, the excitement of hopes and dreams was intermingled with the disappointment of loss and grief. Her daddy, and my twin brother, Mike, was not on her arm. We lost him to heaven 15 years ago.

For the most part, we stayed focused on the joys of the moment but it was impossible not to feel the pain of loss. Many of us, including my niece, were wiping our eyes of tears as we simultaneously experienced the grief over what should have been and the joy over what was.

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 “When I don’t understand, I will choose You. When I don’t understand, I will choose You God. When I don’t understand, I will choose to love you God.”

Bryan and Katie Torwalt’s song, I Breathe You in God, invariably touches the depth of my heart.

How many times have you been in a place where you just didn’t understand where God was in your situation or if He was even there at all? How many times have you groaned with the pain of a seemingly unanswered prayer? When is the last time you felt bewildered, perplexed, and just downright troubled by God’s seeming unresponsiveness to your prayers and His apparent lack of response to your cries for help?

Most of us have been there at one time or another. Some have been there repeatedly.

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