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My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.

2 Corinthians 12:9

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“I know I don’t look it…but I feel thin, sort of stretched, like butter scraped over too much bread.” Bilbo’s words from Lord of the Rings rattle in my head. You’ve probably felt the same way at some point too, right?


Even the basic demands of life can leave us feeling over extended and stretched out. You spread thin across jobs, spouses, children, church, extracurriculars, and whatever else wants to suck time and energy away from you. Sometimes what’s left of us is so thin it feels as if we have become nearly translucent. Eventually, to avoid anything that requires more, we began to avoid anyone who wants more too. All the spreading thin will eventually scrape away

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Now as they went on their way, He entered a certain village, where a woman named Martha welcomed Him into her home.

Luke 10:38

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Balance always requires a fierce and ruthless examination of priorities. Our true priorities are not just lists of activities. They are candid reflections of our heart desires. What we deem important receives the most time, energy, attention and resources. The importance of right and balanced priorities is illustrated by the life of Martha.


Jesus knew that He was always welcome in the home of Martha. Scripture tells us that Jesus “had no place to lay His head,” but He often came to this home when He needed to rest or get away from the demanding crowds. At the age of thirty, the Son of God left His natural home and there is no record of His ever returning to

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But the man who looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues to do this, not forgetting what he had heard, but doing it—he will be blessed in what he does.

James 1:25

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Okay, this is a very girlie devotion. You might be tempted to click delete, but stick with me.


Gwen and I were having lunch one day. Her eyelashes looked so long…longer than normal. I couldn’t stop staring.


“Girl, your eyelashes are so long today! What did you do?” I asked. “Are they real?”


Come to find out, they were real. Not only that, we used the same products, but my lashes didn’t look like hers at all. Mine were clumpy, separated, and spindly. Hers were lush, long, and perfectly spaced.


“It’s the application of the product,” she said. “You’re not applying it correctly. You need to start at the bottom, wiggle the applicator, and then pull it straight up to the end

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If you love Me, you will obey what I command.

John 14:15

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Obedience is an active choice to do what God wants us to do. Obedience is not just an outward motion, but an inner attitude as well.


I love the story of a small child who was running an errand with his dad. The little boy scrambled into the front seat of the car and stood beside his father. When the dad told his son that he had to sit down and put on his seat belt, the boy refused. “But Dad, if I sit down I can’t see anything,” he argued. The boy’s father smiled and said, “I know, Son. But I love you and want to take care of you. What if we had a wreck? Wearing a

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Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.

Joshua 8:1

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We see a vibrant example of courage and obedience in the book and life of Joshua. He served humbly and faithfully in the shadow of Moses until the Lord took Moses home and chose Joshua to be the next leader His people.


I’d be shaking in my size 10 shoes if I had to fill the sandals of Moses! I’m sure that in his humanness Joshua was intimidated too, but he was well trained because he had served under Moses for 40 years. I mean – he wasn’t exactly a spring chicken when God gave him His incredible I-made-you-for-greatness and I’ve-got-your-back motivational talk.


“No man shall be able to stand before you all the days of your life. Just as

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And the words of the Lord are flawless, like silver purified in a crucible, like gold refined seven times.

Psalm 12:6

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I recently got to the bottom of my favorite liquid foundation. I wanted to make sure it was completely used up before I bought a new one because it’s pretty pricey. I’m willing to pay a higher price for it because it matches my coloring better than any other foundation I’ve ever used. It’s the perfect base for my face because it evens out my skin tone and makes my skin appear flawless. {Which it’s totally not!}


In Psalm 12, David talks about a different kind of foundation: the Word of the Lord. He was frustrated with the people around him and felt alone in his faith. He was tired of lies. Tired of negativity and deceit. In his

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Today’s Truth

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

1 John 1:9

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Two of Satan’s greatest weapons against Christian women today are shame and condemnation. He knows that because of the finished work of Jesus Christ and His work of redemption in your life, you are deeply loved, completely forgiven, thoroughly cleansed, eternally saved, fully pleasing, and totally accepted by God. All he can do is try and convince you it isn’t true. He can do nothing to make you unclean. All he can do is to make you feel unclean. And if you believe his lies of shame, then back into the bushes you’ll go. Hiding with Adam and Eve as God walks and calls out, “Where are you?”


We all fail God. We all sin. We all fall short

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And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.

Romans 12:1-2

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Sometimes all the good things in my life overwhelm me… not in a wondrous, “wow we are blessed” kind of way. Instead I get overwhelmed by all that has to be done and the lack of margin that accompanies these blessings. I can so easily lose the wonder and beauty of my gifts.


Wondrous things like nature, family, friends, purpose, opportunities, and a loving God surround me. Yet these blessings so often lose their wonder as I attempt to manage them rather than relish and share them. I wonder if you can relate to complaining rather than savoring blessings similar to these scenarios:



Yes you will be traveling a lot, which is hectic, but is it because you get
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Today’s Truth

The LORD is my shepherd. I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside quiet waters. He refreshes my soul.

Psalm 23:1-3

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Life is so daily and often filled with uncertainty, a reality that can make me very nervous. I want to know what the plan is and how that plan is going to be implemented. Details! I need details!


Instead, God calls me to rest. I don’t want to rest. When I rest, I feel guilty. I have places to go, people to see, and important things to do. I hear the quiet whisper of the One who knows me best and loves me most, “Mary, it is time to rest.” I have tried to ignore that whisper on more than one occasion, but it is only a temporary maneuver on my part.


The Lord is my Shepherd, He is used to dealing

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But Mary treasured up all these things, pondering them in her heart.

Luke 2:19

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On the night that divinity merged with fleshy humanity as Jesus came on the scene in a stable, things of earth were shaken and stirred with fresh glory and awesome wonder.


A host of heavenly angels appeared in the sky praising God and celebrating the arrival of the long awaited Messiah. They left their veiled existence to speak and sing to a few lowly shepherds in a field.


Wait, what? Why?


To announce the good news of great joy that came as a gift from God in a cloth-clad baby-package named Jesus. The singing sky creatures pointed the shepherds to the swaddled Savior who was in a manger near by and urged them to go and check out the Christ child.


When

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