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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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Today’s Truth

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

(2 Timothy 1:7 NIV)

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Maybe it’s when I get on the scale. Or when I see my walking shoes in the closet, where they have lived for the past two weeks, never seeing the light of day. Maybe it’s when I walk into my laundry room and see the piles (plural) of clothes that I swore I was going to get to this week. Or when I pick up a pile of mail that shamefully has been sitting on my counter for a month, only to find my even more-neglected Bible sitting under it.


“Loser.”


“Hopeless.”


“Pathetic.”


These are just a few of the many words that I have used to describe myself when, once again, I have failed at something I’ve set out to

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Today’s Truth

Sell your possessions and give to the needy. Provide yourselves with moneybags that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.

Luke 12:33-34

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When I was a young adult, I would often tell myself, “When I become really successful, I will give away so much money! I will support orphans and the needy. I need to work hard so that in my later years, I can do a lot of good in the world and for God’s kingdom.”


At the same time, I was in a constant battle: me verses my stuff. My home was stuffed to the brim with things I bought and used (or not). I would try and try to declutter, but everything in my house, to me, was completely essential. Maybe not right now; I couldn’t get rid of anything that I might need, someday. It seemed wasteful

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Today’s Truth

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you. 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 14:26-28

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For years, home was not my happy place. There were tense words, loud conversations, lots of noise, and a whole bunch of chaos. I remember thinking, “When these kids grow up…When my husband is nicer…When we have more money…things will calm down.”


But peace isn’t determined by our circumstances; it’s determined by the way we respond with God’s help to those circumstances. God sent His Son so we could experience peace, not just in the quiet of life, but also when chaos hits.


If you are approaching your home with dread at the end of the day, perhaps your place needs a peace makeover, like mine did. Here are a few things you can be intentional about when it

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Today’s Truth

“I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.

Philippians 4:12-13

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On that sunny August day, I thought my life couldn’t get much worse.


Recently separated from my husband and with no support from him, I was teetering on the financial edge. My kids and I had just moved in with my parents, and I was desperately looking for a job to support my two middle schoolers.


I thought about our old life where the only thing I needed to get them ready for a new school year was a debit card and a couple trips to the mall. With school only a few weeks away, I didn’t know where I’d get the money to buy clothes and shoes or pay for annual physicals.


That was fifteen years ago.


Today, I do have

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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