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So encourage each other and build each other up, just as you are already doing.

1 Thessalonians 5:11

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Asking for help isn’t my strong suite. I like to be like the woman in the song who says, “I am woman, hear me roar!” I prefer to be independent and strong rather than weak and needy. So, at times I stuff my fears and concerns rather than tell others that I need their prayers, help, or words of affirmation. However, God has wired us to depend on each other, and sometimes we have to ask for the encouragement we need. This isn’t always easy. It means admitting that we can’t manage our thoughts, feelings, and actions without help. So instead of stuffing our doubts, we can express them when we are with fellow followers of Jesus

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This High Priest of ours understands our weaknesses since He had the same temptations we do, though He never once gave way to them and sinned. So let us come boldly to the very throne of God and stay there to receive His mercy and to find grace to help us in our times of need.

Hebrews 4:15-16

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I learn a lot from our grandchildren. When our grandson Justus was five years old, he came up with what I thought was an ingenious plan for disobedience. Our daughter called one day, laughing. “Mom, I have to tell you what your grandson just said.”


Now when Danna refers to Justus as “your grandson” it generally means he has done something wrong – an extremely rare occurrence as far as I can tell.


Danna said, “I told Justus it was time to put away his toys and get ready for his nap. He stopped what he was doing, and I could tell he was seriously thinking about what I had asked him to do. Then his eyes sparkled, and he

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Today’s Truth

“Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.”

Psalm 51:10

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I just got my braces off…again.


I have had braces on my upper teeth three times. Count them. One. Two. Three.


As the orthodontist explained, “Teeth have a memory. They always want to go back to the way they were.”


As soon as he said those words, I felt convicted. I have a tendency to go back to the way I was.


We all do.


Karen (not her real name) admitted to single handedly destroying her marriage with passive aggressive coldness, destructive words, and disrespect of the worst kind. After her husband walked away from the marriage, she had a Holy Spirit moment and realized what she had done. Karen’s heart softened and she vowed never be that woman again.


She immersed herself in

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I have set the Lord always before me. Because he is at my right hand, I will not be shaken.

Psalm 16:8

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Danita experienced a tragic loss. Her husband Dave was a military officer stationed at Pearl Harbor in Hawaii. An avid runner, he was the picture of good health. Over six feet tall, his tanned, athletic build never failed to take Danita’s breath away.


Like every other married couple they had their issues, but strived to live together as one. Early on their household was surrendered to the Lord. Faith, friendship, and fun were the foundations of their home and the cement that held them together during difficult times.


In October 2003, Dave had been wrestling with some issues of spiritual surrender about the possible relocation of their family. At their Wednesday night church service, God got ahold of Dave’s heart,

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Today’s Truth

“I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”

Romans 8:38-39

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“Mommy, Mommy,” Steven cried. “Don’t let them hurt me!”


My son, Steven, was about 3 years old when he contracted a severe case of the flu. His slumped body snuggled listlessly in my lap like an old, worn rag doll.


When I carried him into the medical clinic, the doctor quickly diagnosed dehydration and immediately sent us to the hospital.


My heart ripped apart as the nurses strapped my little boy onto a table and began placing IVs in his tiny arms.


“Mommy, Mommy,” Steven cried. “Make them stop! They’re hurting me.”


“No, honey,” I tried to assure him. “They’re going to make you all better.”


“Mommy, help me!”


Steven cried. I cried. The nurses cried.


I could only imagine what was going through Steven’s little

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And now, brothers and sisters, we want you to know about the grace that God has given the Macedonian churches. In the midst of a very severe trial, their overflowing joy and their extreme poverty welled up in rich generosity. For I testify that they gave as much as they were able, and even beyond their ability. Entirely on their own, they urgently pleaded with us for the privilege of sharing in this service to the Lord’s people. And they exceeded our expectations: They gave themselves first of all to the Lord, and then by the will of God also to us.

2 Corinthians 8:1-5

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My husband is a surrendered giver. I struggle with giving. I tend to blame my reluctance to give on the fact that I grew up in a shack on the edge of town. My mother often worked two and three jobs a day just to put food on the table. My husband, on the other hand, grew up in a middle-class family, lived in a very nice house in a beautiful neighborhood, and never had to worry about having his needs met. You can see where my rationalizations took me. Yep – to a place of sin.


God wants us to surrender everything we have to Him because the reality is that giving is the antidote to selfishness. I

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And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.

John 14:13

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Several years ago, I was on my way home from running errands. As I approached our neighborhood, my cell phone rang.


“Hi, Mom. It’s Kennedy. Where are you?”


“Hey, baby! I ran some errands and will be home in just a few minutes. What’s up?”


“Well, I wanted to see if you and I could go shopping for a new bathing suit this afternoon, and— don’t say no —I’d like to get a feather in my hair. Can we, Mom?”


Oh. No. She. Didn’t!


Don’t say ‘no’? I thought. Really? C’mon girl. I’m the parent. You’re the child. Get a grip.


“Honey, we’re several weeks away from swim season. I’m not sure that today is a good day for all of this. And you’re

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Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves have received from God.

2 Corinthians 1:3-4

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You have heard the old saying, “What goes around, comes around.” Truer words were never spoken when talking about encouragement. We all need encouragement – especially during the tough times. Those “tough” times can come in all shapes, sizes and forms and can vary from person to person.


We have one child who has been known to run an extremely high fever, walk around on a broken foot, and have a headache that would put me in bed … all without a word of complaint. The doctors have always been amazed at this child’s high level of pain tolerance. We have another child who has been known to dissolve into hysterics at the sight of a splinter embedded in

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Today’s Truth

“Prophesy to these bones and say to them, ‘Dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! This is what the Sovereign Lord says to these bones: I will make breath enter you, and you will come to life.”

Ezekiel 37: 4,5

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I sat on my porch with my Bible in my lap and a hot mug of steamy coffee in my hand. Early morning is my favorite time of day. Just me, Jesus, and a smattering of birds.


I closed my Bible and looked out across the backyard. My eyes landed on a rounded mound of fur nestled in the grass under the willow tree.


I got up and moved in for a closer look. My heart sank as I discovered what appeared to be a curled-up baby fawn lying lifeless in the grass. Probably the same fawn my neighbor had seen nursing from its mom the day before. My heart broke. I understand the circle of life, but still. A

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Today’s Truth

Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God.

2 Corinthians 7:1

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I sat in the dentist chair considering the state of my teeth. It was rather interesting, and somewhat frustrating, that even though I brush my teeth two times a day, stains are still a problem.


I hate that.


No one wants dingy teeth. I like my teeth to sparkle and want them to rank “fabulously-white” on the sliding scale of teeth colors. (Are you with me?)


Yeah… my two cups of coffee each morning probably don’t help the stain situation, but I do take care of my teeth. I use whitening toothpaste with fluoride, brush in circles, and I floss. Okay – so I don’t floss everyday – but I do floss! Yet in spite of my efforts, I still need

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