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For sin shall no longer be your master, because you are not under the law, but under grace.

Romans 6:14

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She put me down, right there in front of “all them.” Sure, it was subtle, but it was real and … worst of all, it wasn’t the first time. In fact, every time I encourage others around that one particular subject, she circles right back and shoots it down. You can’t get one thing past her.


Hmph! Well, if she’s going to put me down like that? Well…I’ll show her. I don’t have to put up with this.


I thought about leaving the gathering. But I didn’t. I just sat there, internally fuming, while externally smiling.


Later, when I got home, I wondered why I even bother speaking up, encouraging others or taking the risk to be open and honest. Women

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Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are never covered with shame.

Psalm 34:5

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If you’ve been around Christian believers for any length of time then you have probably heard people talking about their “life verse.” Having a life verse isn’t a Biblical mandate and it doesn’t make anyone sprout wings of holiness, but it’s a thing. A thing that often redirects us to God’s Word. Which is always good.


Back in the day of Joshua, the people of Israel were led through the Jordan River when the Lord made a miraculous way. After they reached the other side safely, God told the leaders to go back into the water and gather 12 large stones, one to represent each tribe, and to place them by the water’s edge. The stones became a visual

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Today’s Truth

The Lord will work out His plans for my life—for Your faithful love, O Lord, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for You made me.

Psalm 138:8

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If you would have told me twenty years ago that I would one day find myself in a weekly dance class again, I wouldn’t have believed you. Back then, I was still grieving and fussing over the way my knee injuries disrupted my dreams and stole my passions.


My mom enrolled me in my first dance class when I was three and by the time I was 10, I was fitted for my first pointe shoes. Although tap and jazz were more my thing, those pointe shoes represented so much potential until a series of knee dislocations and a failed surgery ended my dream of becoming a Rockette. I buried my sorrow as I went on living my

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Today’s Truth

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

Hebrews 10:23

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Now, the Old Testament prophet Elijah is a guy I can relate to. God asked him to do and say some difficult things. He also got an all-access pass to the God-Is-Awesome show as he experienced epic miracles at the hand of the Almighty. Even so, at one point he became gripped by fear and tried to run away from his problems.


He knew exhaustion and sank into a pit of depression that darkened his hope.


He felt alone, yet was provided for when God sent angels to care for his every need.


At times Elijah found God in grandiose shouts and flames, but also heard from Him in a humble whisper. And through all his highs and lows, he loved

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Today’s Truth

If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.

1 John 1:9

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Three days after Jesus breathed His last earthly breath, the disciples received the news of the empty tomb from the women who had gone to visit the grave. Mark tells us an angel told the women to go and “tell his disciples and Peter” that Jesus was alive (Mark 16:7).


I wonder why the angel singled out Peter. Could it be that God knew Peter would need an extra measure of grace and assurance because of his failure?


Can you imagine how Peter’s heart raced as his feet ran to the empty tomb? I wonder what he was thinking as he kicked up the dust. Would he be ashamed to face Jesus after denying that he even knew Him? Would

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Today’s Truth

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened. Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him. Matthew 7:7-11

Matthew 7:7-11

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Dan and I now have six grandchildren … and I am in so much trouble. I want to give them everything! I know love is the most important gift I can give them, but I love to give in other ways, too.


I usually have a list of the hottest toys in hand when I go shopping, as was the case the last time I took our daughter-in-law shopping. But I only found half of the items on my list. I was not happy!


When Jodi hugged me and thanked me for the gifts, I looked at her and said, “You are welcome, honey, but it’s not enough!” Jodi chuckled, but I was serious!


“No, you don’t understand,” I continued. “We

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“Godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret, but worldly sorrow brings death.” 2 Corinthians 7:10

2 Corinthians 7:10

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I went to get a snack from my refrigerator and as I opened the door, the plastic jar of mayonnaise fell out. I put the mayonnaise back in the same spot, grabbed my snack and quickly shut the door.


A few hours later, I returned to the refrigerator and guess what happened? The mayonnaise fell out again but this time, the top cracked and mayonnaise splattered on the floor. As I cleaned up the mess, I wondered, “Why didn’t I move the mayonnaise to a different spot before?” I knew it was going to fall out again.


My little mayonnaise incident reminded me of how it’s easier to just get on with life and perhaps continue in sin than

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A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and an evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For the mouth speaks what the heart is full of.

Luke 6:45

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“Mooooomy, I want some juuuiiice!” Whining


“You’re stupid!” Disrespecting


“Tommy’s not doing what you told him to do!” Tattling


“No, I’m not going to clean my room!” Disobeying


“I didn’t take a cookie from the jar!” Lying


What causes a child to speak such tender words as “I love you” and “You’re the best mommy in the world” in one breath and in the next say something terrible? Before I had children, whenever I thought about my future family, I envisioned happy, well-mannered little darlings who always obeyed. Boy, was I in for a rude awakening. What happened to all my plans for great parenting and well-behaved children? The stick turned blue. Twice.


In short order I became the mom who was

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Today’s Truth

When I am afraid, I will put my trust in you. Psalm 56:3

Psalm 56:3

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The prophet Isaiah said, “Surely the arm of the Lord is not too short to save, nor is his ear to dull to hear.” (Isaiah 59:1) Though I know in my heart this is true, I still sometimes go back and forth between doubt and worry as if God’s arms are short and his ears are dull. My friend Erica does too.


She came to my door with a package to deliver and a story to share. I signed for the package and we began to catch up. Her kids are grown. Mine are teens. Her daughter just got married. My oldest just went to college. Mama to mama we shared and cared.


“My daughter and her new husband might

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Today’s Truth

Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 4:7

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Our grandson Justus has such an amazing relationship with Jesus Christ. Justus is eight years old and has been a follower of Christ for three years. His heart truly has been captured by the Father. I have often been the student and Justus the teacher since he met Christ. Such was the case after the horrific mass shooting at a high school in Florida.


We lived in South Florida for many years. Our children grew up in Ft. Lauderdale. When I heard the newscaster reporting a mass shooting in South Florida, I stopped in my tracks.


A teen gunman had opened fire with a semi-automatic rifle at his former high school in Parkland, Florida, killing 17 people and wounding many

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