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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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Feb
07

Do You Need a Vacation?

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sun soakingMy idea of a true vacation has changed radically in the last few years. I’ve transitioned from loving the busy, busy, busy days of site-seeing, event-oriented vacations, to deeply longing for quiet, rest, relaxation, and restoration. From soaking in multi-colored sunsets to quiet hours of soul satisfying reading to lengthy conversations with those I love, I find joy and fulfillment in being instead of doing.

Whether I am just becoming older or more mature, lol, or I’ve just been there and done that and got the t-shirt, I find that simple pleasures are the best ones.

And yet, life tends to pull me into a stream of busy swirling activity. I must purposefully mark my calendar with times of non-activity. Times to watch movies with my husband. Times to read that book. Times to watch that sunrise. Times for communing with God. Times to watch my granddaughter laugh and dance and play.

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Feb
03

Getting to the Heart of Things

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heart A most terrifying and at the same time, comforting, thought is that Jesus knows our hearts.  When we face the truth about our own heart, we find two things. We find that, at times, our heart is desperately wicked, strays from God, and seeks our own way. Concurrently, we find that our heart is good and has been changed by God Himself. 

We have two natures. The Scripture refers to this as the old nature and the new nature.  Our journey with Christ invites us, with the Spirit’s help, to crucify the old nature and its desires and strengthen and feed the new nature.

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May
13

Jesus, the Healer of Broken Hearts

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broken heartIf we believe that God is purposeful in His actions, then how significant is the fact that the first words of the first message Jesus preached were, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because … He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted…”? (Luke 4:18-19)

Jesus came to heal broken hearts and not only as a side benefit; it’s one of his life purposes!  That’s good news because all of us who are in this world have experienced the pain of having our hearts broken in one way or another.  If we look at the life of Jesus in the Gospels, we find that he moves throughout his days interacting with humanity and healing broken hearts. That healing takes many expressions. Today I want to look at how Jesus healed the heart of a woman as recorded in John 4 and what that healing means for us now.

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Apr
26

The Power of Awakened Desire

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What do you think of when you think of the word “desire”? 

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