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Today’s Truth

He proclaimed the kingdom of God and taught about the Lord Jesus Christ—with all boldness and without hindrance!” (Acts 28:31, NIV)

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“Mom, I feel God wants me to go up and knock on the door of that house right there and tell the people inside that God loves them,” my 6-year-old son said.


“You…what?!” I blurted out while we positioned our bikes on the road for a much-needed water break.


This wasn’t a friend’s house. This wasn’t a next-door neighbor’s house. This wasn’t remotely close to where we lived, nor was it a normal thing to do. Yet, my son had his eyes locked on…that house.


“I want to do it, mom.”


How could I stop him? How could I tell him that he should hold back the truth about God’s love, because of my fear, my sense of embarrassment and my discomfort because

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Today’s Truth

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen" (Ephesians 3:20-21, NIV).

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A turtle showed up on my doorstep. And, can I tell you all? He was the cutest turtle.


At first, he was covered in muck, but my 2-children got a wet paper towel and cleaned him all up. He looked spiffy. His gold stripes shined, and he seemed happy to have a new home in my kid’s plastic outdoor box. Every 15-minutes or so, we’d run to the window to see what our new pet was doing.


But, before long, I knew what would have to happen… He couldn’t stay with us forever. It was getting cold outside, plus large predatory birds and animals often get dinner at night. My heart couldn’t take the idea of losing him. I informed the

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Today’s Truth

“A truly wise person uses few words; a person with understanding is even-tempered.” (Proverbs 17:27-28, NLT.)

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Staring at my phone, while it was ringing, I contemplated answering it. Frankly, I only had about 5 minutes until I needed to leave the house to pick up my kids from school. At the same time, I knew this friend probably needed help, in a big way.


What kind of friend would I be if I didn’t help her? If I wasn’t there for her?


I picked up the phone. My friend started in with her story, which kept going…and going…and going… I glanced at my watch. I had one-minute left until I needed to leave. So, I barked out a quick “I understand,” and then shoveled out some advice to “fix” her predicament.


I had strategies. I had wisdom.

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Today’s Truth

“And when you are brought to trial in the synagogues and before rulers and authorities, don’t worry about how to defend yourself or what to say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what needs to be said.”

(Luke 12:11-12, NLT)

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This morning my husband laughed when he looked in his coffee cup. I had no idea why…


A little before the laughing, I had asked him, “Do you want cream?”


He said, “Yes.” So, while he was looking away, I poured in the cream. Then, I handed him the coffee, basically saying—here you go. But, when he looked down, he didn’t see anything, so he started laughing.


“Where’s my cream?” he asked. We stood there looking at the coffee.


And after a few seconds, the cream rose up to the top. Only then could my husband see what he couldn’t see before—the cream that was already there. He just had to wait for it.


Some of us are nearly there. We just have

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Today’s Truth

It is more blessed to give than to receive (Acts 20:35, NLT).

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“Let’s go there with an intent to serve,” said my husband.


I agreed. As I got ready for this conference dinner, I decided to have a heart to give, rather than a heart to gain. Instead of going to the dinner looking at what I could gain from others, I wanted to be ready to pour out Jesus’ love.


I remembered the words of Jesus…Indeed, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35, NLT).


Considering this thought, I wondered, how God would show-up? Would we pray, then see someone cry because God moved mightily? Would our words change a life? A sense of anticipation rose up in me…


Before leaving, my husband and I prayed that we’d be seated at the

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Today’s Truth

For this people's heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them. (Matthew 13:15, NIV)

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“You don’t listen,” my son informed me.


I had one of two choices – I could either cut him off, then bite his head off for being disrespectful, or I could listen and understand his heart.


I chose the latter. Yet, to make matters worse, while I was standing there in the kitchen trying to listen — my husband vocally agreed with my son. I felt unprotected with only a paper towel in-hand. Everyone seemed to be coming against me. I was being exposed.


My mind drifted back to the morning discussion I had with my husband when he was sharing from his heart. He talked at length about things. I had to admit my mind did drift elsewhere. And it is true;

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Today’s Truth

But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

(2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV)

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I am such a mess. I hate how I am. I can’t ever get a handle on this issue.


Thoughts of self-hatred coursed through my mind as I sat on the hard-tile floor and took it all in. . . Within the cabinets I’d just spent twenty minutes rearranging, there still was no semblance of organization. Papers shot out of books. Bags heaped left and right in no particular order. Shoes and knick-knacks filled the right side of the cabinet. And, worst of all, electrical cords stood like tumbleweed in the center of it all.


Regarding cleaning and organizing, my best efforts fell – way short. And this is the problem. You see, no matter what I do, everything

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Today’s Truth

Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love.

(Ephesians 4:2, NIV)

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We honked. Actually, we didn’t honk, but I really wanted us to. The woman ahead of us was — the slowest – drive through orderer – ever!!!


Add this to the fact that we had hungry kids in the back of the car, and a close call with a police officer who was still behind us, and people in gloves and masks all around…and all this made me nervous. C’mon lady. Move it.


Is she ever going to go? What is wrong with this person?!


My eyes toggled between the rearview mirror and the car ahead, as I tried to identify the issue. I leaned forward looking for an escape. Tension rose in my chest.


When we finally reached the Chick-Fil-A attendant, she immediately

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Today’s Truth

In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.

(Matthew 23:28, NIV)

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The women were getting under my skin. Certainly, when I decided to hang-out with them, I didn’t expect their conversations to become so — “immature and juvenile”. Or, that they would loudly talk on top of one another. I expected more than surface talk.


The more I spent time with these women, the more I couldn’t help but size up which ones were “the worst offenders.” I noted how I was “spiritually better.”


I’m more mature. I’m more focused on God. I’m more of the teacher and they should learn from me.


Because of this mindset, I wanted to get away from them. I wanted to be free of their annoying ways. But, at the same time, I knew a lot was

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Today’s Truth

Hope deferred makes the heart sick...

(Proverbs 13:12, NIV)

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For months, there’s been a deep longing in me. On some days, I quietly call-out to God. On others, I nearly yell-out my desire to Him. I hope my dream will happen. I want it to happen. Yet, despite all my prayers – time-after-time — doors keep getting shut on me. All I hear is, “No! No! No!”


I pray again. No. I pray later. No.


Nothing gives-way. Nope. Dead air.


Ever been there?


I’m quite certain, some of you have been praying for years for: one thing. Some of you have shed tears and sweat over a person. Some of you have tried to push forward, anyway, and hit a wall. Some you now live in defeat, doubt, or despair. As if you

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Today’s Truth

Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.

(1 Peter 4:9, NIV)

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I noticed a scratch on the kitchen floor.


“Where did that come from?” I asked, as I pointed it out to my husband.


“I don’t know.” He replied.


The next day, I looked down on the ground and there were probably about 5 more. What in the world?! I had just put felt bottoms on those chairs, for this exact reason. It makes no sense at all that the chairs would be ruining the floors like this. But they were!


I got down on my hands and knees and flipped the chair over, only to find a rock about the size of two specks of pepper.


This little rock could do that much damage? I said to myself while holding it in my hand.


It certainly can.


What little rock

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Today’s Truth

So, we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

(2 Corinthians 4:18, NIV)

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The dinner party was fantastic; the only problem was me.


Rather than relaxing into the night as the conversation danced around the tea-lighted dinner table, I checked-out. What should I say next? What do they think of me? What will they say about me when they get home?


At one point, the conversation at the table circled to me. Because it was my turn to talk, I perked up. I tried to think of the most eloquent words and aimed to tell my story with style.


I hope they like what I said. I hope I came off right. 


Now that I am home, I feel embarrassed about my internal thought process at this dinner. Now I wonder, “What was I trying to prove?”


If

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Today’s Truth

As evening approached, the disciples came to him and said, This is a remote place, and it’s already getting late. Send the crowds away, so they can go to the villages and buy themselves some food.

(Matthew 14:15, NIV)

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It’s breakfast time. Not only do I need to get food on the table, but I also need to get lunchboxes packed, socks out of the dryer, water bottles filled and cups of water on the table. We’re already a bit late and I’m behind on my game.


It’s a lot to handle. With this, I move at a pace three times quicker than normal, almost in full panic mode. I tune out every family member who’s trying to talk to me.


“I’m working on it, everyone,” I say, trying to let them know that I’m doing the very best I can. I try to focus on one thing at a time, but everyone wants something from me.


Before long, my anxiety level

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Today’s Truth

See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

(Hebrews 12:15, NIV)

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It wasn’t a major thing she did to upset me. It was many minor things over many days. For instance, I shared a joy I was thrilled about, but she changed the subject. I sent her texts of love from the bottom of my heart, and she was either slow to respond, or didn’t respond at all. I showed love, but she didn’t invite me to things other friends were invited to.


Inside, I was ready to write her off.


I’ve invested so much, but I am done with her.


Consciously and decisively, I created distance when we were together: talking to her less, giving her short answers, avoiding eye contact, and paying attention to others more.


But at home,

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But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

(2 Corinthians 12:9, NIV)

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I am such a mess. I hate how I am. I can’t ever get a handle on this issue.


Thoughts of self-hatred coursed through my mind as I sat on the hard-tile floor and took it all in. Within the cabinets I’d just spent twenty minutes rearranging, there still was no semblance of organization. Papers shot out of books. Bags heaped left and right in no particular order. Shoes and knick-knacks filled the right side of the cabinet. And, worst of all, electrical cords stood like tumbleweed in the center of it all.


Regarding cleaning and organizing, my best efforts fell – way short. And this is the problem. You see, no matter what I do, everything stays a

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Today’s Truth

See to it that no one falls short of the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.

Hebrews 12:15, NIV

Friend to Friend
It wasn’t a major thing she did to make me upset. It was many minor things over many days. For instance, I shared a joy I was thrilled about, but she changed the subject. I sent her texts of love from the bottom of my heart, and she was either slow to respond, or didn’t respond at all. I showed love, but she didn’t invite me to things other friends were invited to.


Inside, I was ready to write her off.


I’ve invested so much, but I am done with her.


Consciously and decisively, I created distance when we were together: talking to her less, giving her short answers, avoiding eye contact, and paying attention to others more.


But at

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Today’s Truth

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

1 John 1:9, ESV

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When he got in the car, he kept his head down, looked away, and muttered some words. Not hearing him outright, I said, “Son, what is it?”


He muttered, “I made a mistake. I looked at someone’s paperwork at school and copied their answer. I didn’t tell my teacher, but I told God ‘I’m sorry’. I will never do it again.”


I conveyed to him that he did right thing by confessing to God and deciding to change. God forgives. God keeps no records of wrongs (1 Corinthians 13:5). Our sins are cast into the depths of the sea (Micah 7:19).“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from

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Today’s Truth

For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are -- yet He did not sin.

Hebrews 4:15, NIV

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“I didn’t mean it that way.” 


“You misunderstood me.”


“You’ve got things wrong.”


For a long time, I’ve endlessly defended myself to my husband.


Why? Because I hate being exposed. I hate the fact I’m trying really hard to be a great wife and yet, I get distracted when my husband shares important things. I hate that I want to be a good mom, but I feel pushed-over when my kids ask me for something more than five times. I hate that I accidentally tell my husband what to do when I know he has a plan he’s thought through.


I make mistakes. Then, I hate myself for it.Like Eve, it is much easier to hide than to admit the truth.

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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