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Today’s Truth

…but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.

(Philippians 3:13, NLT)

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My dog, Quimby, is the best forgetter ever. Even though she was abused before she came to live with us, Quimby wakes up each day happily wagging her tail and licking our faces. She never remembers when we yelled at her the day before. For Quimby, each day is a clean slate. I wish I could be a lot more like my dog.


As humans, it’s not easy to forget the past. We’re prone to negative bias, and it’s much easier to remember the bad instead of the good. We drag around mental and emotional suitcases filled with our disappointments, pain, rejection and failure. Then, we lug that hidden baggage into and out of our jobs, relationships, and dreams

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Today’s Truth

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV).

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We like happy endings.


During the difficult World War II years, Hollywood movie directors re-wrote the endings to popular books such as The Grapes of Wrath to have happy movie endings. Since there was so much sadness around the war, the movie studios wanted to create a cinematic happy ending, even if the books didn’t end that way. One article called this revisionist process, “happyendingification” or the taking of a bad situation and turning it into a happy one.


Do you ever try to do some “happyendingification” in your life? When we or someone we love is struggling or when a situation we hate is out of control, we grab our control-loving remote to point and click our way to

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Today’s Truth

Therefore, confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective (James 5:16, NIV).

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Just keep it together until after Bible study.


I begged my tears to stay put as I drove down the road toward my summer women’s Bible study group. For many summers, our group met at a friend’s house around her pond to study and pray together while our kids laughed and splashed in the pond.


On that particular day, I had my very first counseling appointment scheduled right after the Bible study. Everything about me teetered on a razor thin edge, but, I didn’t want anyone to know that I needed help.


As far as rest of the world was concerned, I was a good mom who was extra attentive to her kids. No one saw the complex mental gymnastics that

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Today’s Truth

Going a little farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, “My Father, if it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as I will, but as you will.” (Matthew 26:39, NIV).

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On what should have been a glorious day, I faced two choices: I could suffocate to death, or become a supersize tasty snack for the hairy eight-legged monster lurking somewhere in my room. I pondered my options while stuffed inside of a comforter wrapped tighter than a burrito around me. I needed to breathe, but did I want to risk dying?


I spent hours envisioning all the “what if” ways that I could die of a spider bite. For hours, I sweated and stressed myself out. Here’s the kicker: When I finally got up and out of the bed, I never saw a spider! I’d lost hours of sleep stressing myself out over worse case scenarios that never happened!


Whenever

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Today’s Truth

Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you. (1 Peter 5:7, NLT)

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Why did I let my mind go there AGAIN?


There I stood, in my kitchen, swiping at the tears rolling down my face. Was I crying about something that had just happened? No. I sobbed about a horrible movie generated in my mind about one of my girls getting into a bad car accident as she drove to a friend’s house.


That mental movie was so graphic, so real. I could see the accident scene and myself running and screaming toward a mangled car with hazy smoke rising from the wreck. I could feel the EMT’s pulling me away. I could hear my screams in my mind. My heart pounded and tears streamed down my face. Why does this feel

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Today’s Truth

The tongue has the power of life and death (Proverbs 18:21, NIV).

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I’m a descendant from a long line of well-meaning women whose nagging is a preferred expression of love. You can calculate just how much you’re loved based on the number of times we call or text you, reminding you to wear your coat, take your medicine, or phone when you get home.


Perhaps you’re feeling like you could be a part of my family because you love to repeat requests and recap instructions or dire warnings to your loved ones. If so, welcome to my family. I’m glad you’re here!


For our first family meeting, we’re going to discuss why the people that we love don’t feel loved by our repeating words. Most of the time, our repeating words come

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Today’s Truth

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

(James 1:5, NIV)

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One Sunday afternoon, my friend, whom I’ll call Leah, called in tears over her adult children. Leah spent large sums of money, time, and tears trying to help her kids, but their reckless life choices kept her up at night stressed out and scared for their future.


Leah struggled with what I call “secondhand worry.” This happens when we suffer the effects of worry because we’re trying to carry the load that someone should be responsible and accountable for managing themselves.


If you can relate to Leah, you know that this is a difficult place to be. When we wear someone else’s worry, it can wear us out! So, how do we get out of God’s way? Do we trust

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Today’s Truth

In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly. And she made a vow, saying, ‘Lord Almighty, if you will only look on your servant’s misery and remember me, and not forget your servant but give her a son, then I will give him to the Lord for all the days of his life, and no razor will ever be used on his head’

(1 Samuel 1:10-11, NIV)

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Have you ever sat in a hospital waiting room while a loved one had surgery, delivered a baby, or underwent a biopsy? There are many ways we try to keep ourselves busy while we’re waiting. We sit. We stand. We pace. We drink old coffee and flip through even older magazines.


Hospital waiting rooms are a symbol of how we can feel during seasons of unanswered prayer. Unfortunately, when God seems to delay answering our prayers, we wonder if God loves us or if perhaps He’s forgotten about us. It’s even harder when it seems like God is answering everyone else’s prayers!


In our waiting room seasons, it often feels like we just can’t bear another day. However, our waiting

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"We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well…" 1 Thessalonians 2:8