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Posts by Kathi Lipp

Today’s Truth

My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever (Psalm 73:26 ESV).

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Oh, how I love a fresh start.


My two favorite times of year are September and January. September, because, even in my fifties, September means new notebooks, freshly sharpened pencils, and the hope of a fresh start with a new teacher, a new class, or even a new school. (Let’s just say school was not a happy place for me as a kid, but I always had hope for a new start.)


January, because it’s a new year. A chance to gear up for a new plan, a new start. All that New Year energy just busting to be unleashed on a new project, plan, or program. Every year, I enter the New Year with new hope.


I start the diet,

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Today’s Truth

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for a time of adversity (Proverbs 17:17 NIV).

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Every morning, it’s the same routine. At about 7 AM, I head out to the chicken run to let the girls into their bigger “play yard” that my husband built (a larger, less secure area than their chicken run).


When I get there, the three big girls who are eighteen months old, Cheddar, Brie and Pepper Jack (we call them the OGs) are in the run, dancing back and forth just bursting to get out. One of our new five-month-old girls, Bullwinkle, is there with them.


The only one who is not in the run is Rocky. Rocky and Bullwinkle came to us at the same time and Miss Rocky is the smallest of all the girls. She stays in

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Today’s Truth

When they could not find a way to do this [lay their paralyzed friend at Jesus’ feet] because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on his mat through the tiles into the middle of the crowd, right in front of Jesus (Luke 5:19 NIV note added).

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I sat, stunned and exhausted.


It had been a long night, but I had an inkling this was only the beginning of what was to come.


It all started one Saturday night when my husband and I finished the chores around our mountain home: chopping wood, cleaning out the chicken coop, watering the garden, and making dinner.


Just as we were getting settled in with some popcorn and a movie, my husband Roger noticed the sound of planes and helicopters overhead. We thought it strange how low they were flying, and how many were in the area at the same time.


We quickly realized that the California fire was way too close for comfort. And that is when we jumped into action.


Roger

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Today’s Truth

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith (Hebrews 12:1-2 NIV).

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As I sat in front of my closet for the umpteenth time to figure out why it was always such a hot mess, I looked at the floor and realized I had created a clothes and shoe salad (with a pinch of books and magazines thrown in for good measure). It was depressing to face every morning as I was trying to get out the door.


Has that ever happened to you? Being hindered by something as simple as getting dressed?


It wasn’t because I didn’t have clothes. It’s because, in my mind, I didn’t have the right clothes — a clean outfit, put together and accessorized.


But my real problem?


I had too much stuff.


With too many things hanging (or let’s

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Today’s Truth

Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you (Ephesians 4:31-32, NIV).

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We spend a lot of time keeping chickens out of our house.


We built them their own coop and yard with an enclosed fence so they have plenty of room to wander. They are living their best chicken life.


But sometimes, that’s just not enough for them. Our four chickens truly believe they deserve to be “indoor chickens.”


Recently, when we left the door open for a moment, our beautiful but not-so-bright girl, Truffles, literally leaped at the opportunity to run into our kitchen.


Then she had no idea what to do with herself.


You could see the panic in her eyes as she evaded capture and flung herself against the sliding glass door in our kitchen nook. “Get me out of here!

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Today’s Truth

You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires (Ephesians 4:22, NIV).

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It’s early spring, and I’m preparing the repurposed wine barrels for planting.


All winter they sat neglected, left to their own devices. Some plants made it through the winter, and we are grateful that it looks like we’ll have an abundant crop of bright red raspberries this summer.


But our main crop coming out of the frost? A healthy yield of weeds.


For the Big Boy tomatoes and Pink Lemonade blueberries to live, other life-choking things have to die.


Thankfully, we can easily deal with infant weeds. After a few minutes on each wine barrel, our soil is ready for seedlings we’ve nurtured in the green house.


If I have learned anything living up here on the mountain, it’s this: take care of

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Today’s Truth

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.

(John 14:27, NIV)

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My friend, Susy, told me an interesting fact about astronauts. “They don’t prepare for disaster. They prepare for multiple disasters all happening at the same time.”


I bet for many of you, that is how the last few months have felt.


It wasn’t just fear of a pandemic. It was that fear, on top of taking care of kids or aging parents, sometimes remotely. Plus, possibly taking over your kids’ education. And, to top it off, trying to find basic necessities like eggs and toilet paper.


We all hope the shelter in place is the only thing we have to deal with, but other crises are bound to happen. I think about my friend whose son broke his arm on the

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Today’s Truth

Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it?

(Luke 14:28, NIV)

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I, by my nature, am an un-finisher.


I love to start. Especially books, crafts, home DIY ideas… Really, anything that could be considered a project — let me get started.


The only problem? Finishing.


I’m one of those girls who puts all her energy up front. Like the couch potato who decides to run a 5K and is off to a great start, but then passes out from dehydration because she is making such progress she doesn’t want to stop for water. (True story.)


I’m the person with all the big ideas, but who can’t seem to get to the finish line without burning myself out (and usually, everyone around me).


I leave a wake of half-finished projects and broken promises in my

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Today’s Truth

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

(Hebrews 12:1-3, NIV)

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Does your home stress you out?


If you are like most women in the United States, the answer is yes.


According to a poll sponsored by the Huffington Post, home organization is one of the most universal stress triggers. Eighty-four percent of recently stressed Americans say they worry their home isn’t clean or organized enough, and within that group, 55 percent called it out as a source of recent stress.


Combine that with a study conducted by UCLA psychologists Rena Repetti and Darby Saxbe, which found that “women who have issues with clutter have the signature pattern of cortisol that is associated with people who have chronic fatigue, post-traumatic stress disorder, and a higher risk of mortality. Women who struggle with the stuff

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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