encouragement Category

The Threshing, The Crushing, Gideon, and Me

I used to travel a lot for work. I spent many hours in airports and planes. Inevitably, there would be times when upon arrival to the airport the plane could not land – just yet – or had to taxi and wait for the receiving gate to become available. For those of us who have […]

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Look Up for Your Promised Land

It’s a MAD WORLD! The world is changing fast, isn’t it? It seems everywhere we look is filled with darkness. News broadcasts doom and gloom. The pandemic, the economy, homelessness, joblessness, sickness, anger, anxiety, depression, fear… the list goes on and we are all feeling it. It seems living in isolation has become the social […]

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What Are You Looking For?

Always looking, yet coming up empty? Not everything that comes easy is worth having. Nothing of value is cheap. The GREATEST, Most VALUABLE , and PRECIOUS gift can not be bought with money. It cost you nothing, but it will cost you EVERYTHING! In the pouring out of yourself, He will fill you with Himself. […]

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Where is God?

One thing I do know for sure when life here on earth happens it reveals who we are and who and what we put our trust in. I am thankful I have a real God, One who is acquainted with grief, sorrow, and rejection, and no matter where I am; on the mountaintop or in […]

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Isolated, but not alone

I know this past year has been a struggle for most of us. I know it has for me. A lot of things were shaken and in the shaking there was loss. But I would rather think of it as pruning. Spiritually, there are two choices: Give in and give up or press in and […]

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Resist the Enemy, Not the Storm

Storms in life can feel like you are caught in a rip current; and the current is carrying you away from what is familiar. You may try to hold on to what (or who) is being pulled away, and you panic, setting your focus on the storm rather than the One who controls the storm. Big mistake! You can no more control a storm than you can catch the wind in your hand. But there is One, and only One, who can control the storm and is never caught off guard. You can be sure no storms come unless He permits it.

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Laughter is Good Medicine

Thank God for humor! Right? Sometimes I think my life is an episode of I Love Lucy. Just like Lucy, I often find myself in ridiculous moments. One year for Christmas my youngest daughter made me a gift of a decorated jar, filled with 365 notes of encouragement, one for each day of the year. […]

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Count it all JOY

Does it ever feel like things are not going the way you think they should? I mean, you are trying to do everything right and be a person of integrity, but it seems the Godless people are flourishing? Yea, I had a few minutes pity party for myself today. It only took a minute for […]

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Anger Management 101

Offense! It’s everywhere! We are a society offended by everything and everyone AND we want everyone to know about it. It’s the ol’ adage ‘misery loves company’. It is almost like someone placed an advertisement looking for miserable people and they show up by the busloads. (Oh, sorry, wrong post. Hope that didn’t offend you.) […]

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Lily of the Valley

I am sitting at my laptop and wanting to write a post to inspire and encourage. You ever have those moments where your thoughts are being so consumed with the love of God and you want to share it? Such love can not be contained. I can not put my thoughts into a single coherent […]

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