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Sing to God, sing praises to His name; Cast up a highway for Him who rides through the deserts; whose name is the Lord, and exult before Him.

Psalm 68:4

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I love the story of the woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror, and noticed she had only three hairs on her head. “Well,” she said, “I think I’ll braid my hair today. She did, and she had a wonderful day. The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror, and saw that she had only two hairs on her head. “Hmm,” she said, “I think I’ll part my hair down the middle today.” She did, and she had a great day. The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror, and noticed that she had only one hair on her head. “Well,” she said, “today I’m going to wear my hair in

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May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:13

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Our five children sat on the edges of their seats as Daddy began to make his promised dinner announcement. The electricity flowing through me and my husband permeated the atmosphere; the room was charged with excitement!


“We have something to tell all of you,” he began, trying to mask his thrill before the big moment. “Mommy is going to have a baby!” Hooray! Shouts and laughter and questions tumbled out in every direction. That night we all slept peacefully dreaming of the future gift of another sweet family member.


But the next day, a strange feeling in my lower abdomen turned into cramping that turned in bleeding. One day after sharing the exciting news with our children, we lost

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A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flar.

Proverbs 15:1

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It had been one of “those” mornings and I was behind schedule in preparing to teach the women’s Tuesday morning Bible study at our church. I am fairly certain I did not exude peace and joy as I rushed around – as my Mama would say – like a chicken with its head cut off. The auditorium was set up correctly. The sound man had my power point ready to go and was waiting to do a sound check. The coffee pot was plugged in and doing its thing. Smiling ladies gathered to greet each other as they arrived. I paused and breathed a sigh of relief. It looked like everything was ready – everything except my heart.


I knew I

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“And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love”

Romans 8:38

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For years we were joined at the hip. Not a day went by when we didn’t talk on the phone at least once.


But sometimes friendships come unhinged. People change. Perspectives change. Purposes change. Passions change. While nothing went terribly wrong, and no hurtful words were exchanged, the void was vast beyond bridging. I felt tossed away. Discarded. Of little regard. Erased as if I had never been. Worthless.


Perhaps you’ve felt that way at some point in your life. It’s a hard “dis-ease” to define. To put your finger on and say, “Yes, that’s where it hurts.” For me, it was a niggling ache. A haunting hurt that shot straight through at unexpected times.


Why was I having trouble letting

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Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock.

Matthew 7:24

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The words of Jesus pack a punch. His is a powerful and vibrant dialog that brings both tradition and the Law into a new and living light.


On a hillside, long ago, Jesus engaged individuals toward choosing God’s best on a heart level, not just a do-this-to-make-God-happy, knowledge and rules level. Recorded in the book of Matthew, Jesus gave the crowd, and us, some incredible insights to the way His followers should live. We call this the Sermon on the Mount. (Matthew 5-7)


Remember that collection of Jesus teachings? Here’s a rapid review:


He taught the “beatitudes” (Matthew 5:2-12), and told His followers to be “salt and light” (Matthew 5:13-16).


He said, “Do not think that I have come to abolish the

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“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?”

Matthew 6:26

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The speaker came on stage and pulled out a $100 bill.


“Who would like this $100 bill?” he asked.


Hands shot up all around the room.


Then he crumpled the bill, threw it on the floor, and ground it with his foot. Holding up the dirty and tattered money, he then asked, “Now, who wants this $100 bill?”


The same hands went into the air.


“And that is why God still wants you,” he said. “You may be battered and bruised. You may be tattered and torn. You may be crumpled and creased. But that doesn’t change your value to God any more than what I’ve done changes the value of this $100 bill. You are still precious and valuable to God who

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He is not here; He has risen!

Luke 24:6

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The boys and girls in Mrs. Stephens’ fourth grade Sunday school class entered the room and quickly found their seats. The girls were dressed in frills and lace and chatting excitedly about the candy-filled baskets they had received that morning. The boys pulled at the unfamiliar ties around their necks and quickly discarded the sports coats they had obviously been forced to wear. The room was filled with excitement – for good reason. It was Easter Sunday.


Mrs. Stephens wanted to help her students understand that there is so much more to the Easter holiday than new clothes, chocolate bunnies, and egg hunts. Easter is more than family gatherings and tables filled with luscious food. Easter is about life.

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The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Psalm 23:1

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Storms are a reality of life. That’s the bad news. The good news is that God is bigger than any storm we will ever face.


When our daughter, Danna, was a toddler, she and her daddy had a favorite game. Dan would place her in some high spot. He would then hold up his arms, and say, “Jump to Daddy!” I hated that game, but Danna loved it. She would always jump into his arms, laughing and giggling. One day, Dan picked a spot that seemed just a little too high for Danna’s taste. She did what I do when I get scared. She closed her eyes. When her dad said, “Jump!” she said, “I can’t! I can’t see

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The LORD is my shepherd; I shall not want.

Psalm 23:1

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Stress is a familiar and faithful companion. It doesn’t matter where life takes us, we will encounter stress. Unless we learn to manage and deal with that stress – God’s way – we will find ourselves trapped, an easy target for the enemy.


I heard the story of a farmer who, as the owner of a large piece of land along the Atlantic seacoast, constantly advertised for hired hands. Most people were reluctant to work on farms along the Atlantic because of terrible storms known to plague the area. As the farmer interviewed applicants for the job, he received a steady stream of refusals. Finally, a short, thin middle-aged man applied for the job. “Are you a good farm

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“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness”

2 Peter 1:3

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“I’m not ___________ enough.” You can fill in that blank with smart, talented, gifted, spiritual, outgoing, attractive, or any number of positive attributes. But the root source of each one of those blanks is rooted in “I’m not good enough.” Period. It’s one of the Enemy’s favorite deceptions to hold God’s children hostage to a life that is “less than.


“I’m not good enough” is an insidious lie that keeps God’s best at bay for many of His children.


The Enemy tries to get us to focus on our flaws rather than on our faith. When we focus on our faults, we take our focus off God, who equips us; the Holy Spirit, who empowers us; and Jesus, who envelops

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