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Where does your strength come from? Honestly, sometimes it comes from sheer determination, denial, selfish ambition, or attempting to prove something to others. These can all be motivations to keep pushing, but their strength will wear out. Instead, I remember (sometimes), that my strength must come from God. “Whoever serves is to do so as one who is serving by the strength which God supplies” (1 Peter 4:11). The early Israelites put their trust and strength in gods which were not gods, idols, and in other countries and their horses and chariots. Hear what God says in Isaiah 40:28-31, Do... Read More

Who’s In Charge?

Who’s in charge? You thought you were, then WHAM! Life happened. When my friend, Kathy, got cancer her immediate question was “Why not me?” I asked her why she didn’t ask instead, “Why me?” She said that she was a member of the human race. Rain (and sin, destruction, disease, devastation) falls on the just and the unjust. Kathy got it. She’s not in charge. She kept her spirits up through rounds of chemo and eventual victory over breast cancer, only to die of bone cancer six years later. but she was joy-filled through the ordeal and ready to go... Read More

Patience

There is the little girl that prays for patience and tells God to hurry up and give it to her! I have been that little girl. Have you? Patience seems to be one of the fruits of the Spirit that is just out of reach. Even when we begin to see the fruit of patience in one area or another, there seems to be other areas where we have no patience – with a particular person or a particular situation. But, once again, we see patience as a fruit that grows from deep roots and Sonshine!  “So that you will walk... Read More

Security

I want to feel secure, wrapped with love and protection, unafraid of the chaos and evil of this world. Don’t you? I did a word search on the word security in the Bible. I was surprised at what I found, but then again, not so surprised. Let me tell you what I mean. Security is only found in the Old Testament. The Jews were assured security in the land as part of the blessings if, and only if, they continued in God’s ways. They did not. Security is also mentioned in the prophesies of the end times such as in Isaiah:26:1, “In... Read More

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
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