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When You Feel Like This Old House

Have you ever felt like this old house? Sagging beams. Rotting floors. Collapsing roof. Crumbling foundation. Overgrown landscape. Peeling paint. Empty rooms. Deserted. Have you ever felt like you were on the verge of collapse? I have. Sometimes I just get tired, and I want to put up a sign over my heart that says… Read More

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It’s Not About Me

“Let them praise the name of the LORD, for his name alone is exalted; his splendor is above the earth and the heavens,” (Psalm 148:13 NIV). Some of my Girlfriends in God are not going to like this devotion. I’m not even sure I do. But I’m going to put it out there anyhow. During… Read More

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Doing Laundry for the Glory of God

“Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God,”  (1 Corinthians 10:31 NASB).  In my last blog we met Amanda who said, “I just never have enough time to spend with the Lord,” Amanda cries. “I work forty plus hours a week, commute ninety minutes both ways,… Read More

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Cease Striving

Jesus said to the wind and the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” (Mark 4:39 NIV)  One January morning, I asked God, “What do You really want from me?” I had just finished a big writing project and was ready to tackle the next big thing for God. I snuggled in my favorite den chair with a… Read More

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The Ache for Something More

“We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing” (Psalm 39:6 NLT). Most of us come to Christ with a certain“inloveness”—a stirring of emotion mixed with an inexplicable knowing that we’ve discovered our reason for being. But some years into our spiritual journey, the wonder that swelled during the early years… Read More

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A Heavy Dose of Perspective

“This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it!” (Psalm 188:24 NIV) It was just a quick check-up at the doctor’s office…or at least that’s what it was supposed to be.  My “to-do-list” resembled a mile-long scroll and several deadlines loomed like a thunder cloud ready to burst…. Read More

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God’s Oxygen Mask

Today’s Truth Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest (Mark 6:31 NIV). Friend to Friend One mother with three active boys was playing cops and robbers in the back yard after dinner on a summer evening. One of the boys “shot” his mother and yelled, “Bang, bang you’re dead.”… Read More

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Pruning our Lives

 Today’s Truth “I am the true vine, and my Father is the gardener.  He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful” (John 15:1 NIV). Friend to Friend In 2006, I sat down to write my… Read More

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Oil for my Lamp

Today’s Truth “Her lamp does not go out at night…” (Proverbs 31:18 NIV). Friend To Friend Driving along the coast and coming upon a lighthouse is an inspiring sight.   Even though the map marks where the landmarks are stationed, it still brings a thrill when each one comes into view.  That’s how I feel when… Read More

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