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How old are you?

How Old Are You?

Getting older isn’t for novices. I guess that’s why God didn’t allow it when we were younger. The burden of getting older has to be carried by those who are…getting older. The beauty of youth doesn’t stay; it only visits. But tell a young person that and they scarcely believe it. They walk away with […]

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Stop and Rest

Rest Child

Rest child. I’ll do the work. There is no need for you to run here and run there, to be everywhere. Only go where I send you and do what I do. You have tried to do it all and have become tired. Do not resist the sabbath rest I have for you. You will […]

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Spring Is Coming

Spring is Coming

Did you know that it’s only a few weeks until spring? I know we could still have some bad weather, but I have to look beyond that to plowed fields, buttercups, green leaves, and warm sunshine. You can count on spring. It arrives every year having rested its laurels in the ground for a season […]

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Pain

Pain Is Not A Friend

Have you ever wondered about pain? Does it have a purpose? Some people say pain is a teacher. I say it’s a nuisance. Some say it is the body’s way of telling us something is wrong. I would rather get a text message. I’ve had an encounter with pain recently and I’m kicking it out […]

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2017

2017

2017 1. This is the year to plug into power.  Some have been plugged in to outlets that have no power flow. Unplug from powerless outlets in order to plug into dunamis.  I Corinthians 2:3-5 2. This is the year to wear favor.  We are not trying to attain favor; we are wearing it.  From this position of […]

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Two Clay Pots

Two Clay Pots

There were two clay pots and they were sitting next to one another on the shelf. One clay pot was perfect, without crack or chip, made with the most fragile bone china and covered in a beautiful glaze. The other clay pot was made of thick terra cotta and was cracked, chipped and missing pieces […]

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Overcoming Fear

I love adventure, new people, new places, new cultures. Pioneering new things challenges and energizes me. Because I enjoy driving through small towns and experiencing new surroundings, l’ll choose the back roads of America over interstates when possible. The last time I took a team to Bosnia, we took the challenge to find our way […]

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The Orange Butterfly 

The sun was shining brightly as I drove to the cemetery. I knew she was not there, but I had to check. Mom died suddenly without warning And my heart was heavy with the loss. “Lord,” I prayed, “talk to me.  I need some reassurance.” “I’m a believer.  Yet, death seems so final.  Are you […]

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Breaking Free

There are many people who have chosen to give in to hopelessness and victim hood, believing they are powerless over circumstances, becoming a victim to whatever life throws at them. Knowing the power of “letting go” of past traumas, conflicts, and loss and seeking the power of God on our behalf brings tremendous change and […]

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What’s Growing Underground?

I remember gardening with my grandmother on rocky Missouri soil. My job was to pick up the rocks and throw them over the fence. Each year, more of them would surface. When the garden was plowed, hoed, and prepared, more Missouri rocks would appear. I knew they didn’t grow from weeds or seeds, but it […]

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