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Mrs. America

My daughter-in-law, Victoria Halydier, is competing this weekend in the Mrs. America pageant. So, Victoria, this is for you and for all the beautiful Christian women reading this. God has made you beautiful. He has clothed you with grace and righteousness, with dignity and strength. Outward beauty will fade as the grass of the fields, but inward beauty is forever. Matthew 5:16 says, “Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father in heaven.” My prayer is that you will not only shine outwardly, but that others will... Read More

True Love

Love is a fruit of the Spirit. Once we have truly experienced the Father’s love, then we are free to love one another. Others are no threat to us – we are loved. Other’s opinions do not matter – we are loved by God. Our emotions will not rule over us or overtake us – we are loved. Is God’s love a reality in your life? Are you choosing to believe His love even when you don’t feel lovable? True love is found in John 3:16, “God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only Son.” There was a time... Read More

Heart Attack: Surgery

Burned out, stressed out, and not experiencing the abundant life? Your spiritual heart attack may require surgery. Take your flesh heart to Jesus and let Him remove the callouses that are keeping you from fruitful fulfillment in life. Unfeeling. Uncaring. Apathetic. Content to lie around and just be left alone. That pretty much describes a stone and a heart of stone as seen in Ezekiel 36:26 where God promises, “Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you;and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.”... Read More

Heart Attack – Unclogging Our Arteries

In my last blog, I spoke about eating right to keep your heart healthy, but if your arteries are already clogged, it may require surgery to clean the impurities, anger, bitterness, and depression from your heart. “Lest any root of bitterness springing up cause trouble” (Hebrews 12:15). In Hebrews 4:2 we find that God gave us a powerful surgical tool: “For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper then any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the... Read More

Heart Attack – It’s All About What You Eat

If someone has a heart attack and survives, they know that they must make some drastic changes in the way they eat. They have to cut out more fat, more sugars, and some carbs and eat meat and vegetables with a few fruit and whole grains. (Picture is my granddaughter, Hannah, not enjoying healthy food, but Grandparents do get to spoil them!) To keep our spiritual hearts healthy so that we don’t suffer a spiritual heart attack, we need to use that same formula. Colossians 3:16 says, “Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and... Read More

Spiritual Heart Attack: Regular Checkups

The next several blogs will be titled “Spiritual Heart Attack”. Any heart attack can be lethal or at the least debilitating. If you survive one, you must change some habits to stay alive. Proverbs 4;23 says, “Watch over your heart with all diligence, for from it flow the springs of life.” If you want to avoid a spiritual heart attack, you must watch over your heart.  How do we watch over our hearts?  First of all, it is not a one time action, it is ongoing. We are to be watching over our heart. Then, we are to do it diligently. That means with effort, constancy,... Read More

Energizing Exercise

Discipline. Don’t you just cringe when you hear that word? This is not the punishment of acts committed, although sometimes it feels that way! This is the continual practice of good choices that over time changes our bodies, our minds, and our spirits.1 Tim. 4:7-8 says, “But have nothing to do with worldly fables fit only for old women. On the other hand, discipline yourself for the purpose of godliness; for bodily discipline is only of little profit, but godliness is profitable for all things, since it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” We... Read More

Safety in the Midst of Dangers

Man did everything he could to put up dangerous items to keep the birds from perching on the top of the pole in the picture. Neither nails or a scary owl was able to keep this one stout-hearted pigeon from settling down in the midst of the danger for a rest. Are you in the midst? Are scary situations keeping you awake or on high alert? Satan will try to hem you in with nails of insecurity, unfaithfulness, fear, and failure. Are you stout-hearted enough in your faith in God to sit and rest in the midst of these dangers?... Read More

It’s Coming! Old Age

I’m dying my hair this morning. The gray is overtaking the brown quicker and quicker. I’m plucking gray hairs from my eyebrows. I’m getting old. When did this happen! Like many things, age sneaks up on us one day at a time. Big events mark our years – birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, etc…. But it’s the everyday little things that shape who we are. It’s the day to day choices that march us to self-acceptance and love or takes us down a road of self-hatred and destruction. Each decision leads to another. A bad decision usually leads to other bad decisions,... Read More

I Want

I want to play this game. I want ice cream. I want to go first. My three year old granddaughter, Hannah, has a sweet heart, but was driving me insane with the “I wants”. I began telling her that I couldn’t hear the words, “I want”. If she wanted something, she would have to ask me nicely with a “Grandma, may I please….” This not only taught good manners, but placed me in authority, rather than her little highness. By day two of this approach, she was catching on and becoming a much more pleasant person to be around.  That... Read More
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