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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

Doing It All

Phil. 4:13 says, “I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.” This verse has helped all of us get through a tough time or a tough day. Jesus is our strength in all that He desires for us to do. But I used to read this verse all wrong. I emphasized the word all and tried to do it all. Then when I failed, I questioned God. I tried to be the super mom, the super wife, the super daughter, the super friend, the super housekeeper, the super piano teacher, the super Sunday school teacher, the super cook, the... Read More

Expectations

You are a twenty-first century woman. Most of us carry a part or full-time job as well as the laundry, cooking, ministry, kids, husbands, maybe parents with failing health, and some homeschool. It’s a busy time. Expectations. They can bring us agony, disapproval, self-accusation, and feelings of failure. We measure our success and failure by whether or not we were able to reach the expectations that we set forth for ourselves. As Christian women we also feel the pressure of verses such as Eccl. 9:10, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might….” And Phil. 3:23,... Read More

Abide in Him

“As for you, the anointing which you received from Him abides in you, and you have no need for anyone to teach you; but as His anointing teaches you about all things, and is true and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you abide in Him. Now, little children, abide in Him so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming” (1 John 2:27-28). Abide means to dwell there (not to only visit occasionally!). We dwell in our homes – a place of safety,... Read More

We Need Each Other

Two towns. Two churches. I lived in the first town and was a member of a church there for seven years. I taught Bible study, sang in the choir, was a mentor for the MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) program, and helped with seasonal events. I had two surgeries and moved twice. I received one text message from our pastor during that time. No visits or calls from any church members or staff. After one major spinal surgery, I did get an email from the choir director asking when I was going to be back because they needed me. Never did... Read More

Changes

Changes. My in-laws moved from Texas to Kansas into our basement apartment. We are so glad to have them closer. But change is hard on them and on us as we figure out what our relationships will look like and how we can serve one another without getting into each other’s way. Changes. I used to live 10 minutes from my son, his wife, and their four babies (5 and under). Now I live 6 hours away. I miss the daily and weekly contact with them. Changes. After having my 7th spinal surgery in December, my mobility and flexibility have... Read More

ACT AS IF

God’s word is clear. If you have asked Jesus to be your Lord and Savior, then you are saved; you are a prince or princess – a son or daughter of the King of Kings; you are fearfully and wonderfully made; you are no longer in bondage to sin and shame. But let’s face it, even though that is truth, we sometimes don’t feel that it is and we even go so far as to not believing that these things are true. The “Act as if” principle simple says that when you don’t feel these truths, act as if they... Read More
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