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Today’s Truth

“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? So, they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore, what God has joined together, let no one separate”

(Matthew 19:4–6, NIV)

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Grandma passed away on my twenty-fifth birthday. Of all the women in my life, she best modeled for me steadfast devotion to one’s husband. Grandpa wasn’t perfect, and neither was she, but she remained a devoted wife through wartime, followed by a lifelong marriage. Grandma did, however, have one passion that lured her away from her family. She loved to read. When she needed a break from Grandpa’s big personality (or her rambunctious grandkids), she’d disappear into the bathroom with a library book.


Over the years, Grandma checked out so many books from her local library that she came up with a system to prevent herself from accidentally checking out the same books multiple times. On page thirty-six of

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Today’s Truth

“In the beginning God...

(Genesis 1:1a, NIV)

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Today’s scripture is a partial scripture, but a complete comfort during uncertain times. The first four words in the Bible form an incomplete sentence but offer a profound promise. “In the beginning God…” Those four words are the lens through which I try to see every moment of every day.


When I struggle with my spouse or feel inadequate as a mom, I remember that God was there in the beginning, planning our family. Purposefully. Intentionally. And when I feel ineffective at work or insecure about how to communicate love to my neighbors, I remember that He was there, orchestrating every good work I would ever walk in.


Each time I’m tempted to get caught up in today’s struggles, I

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Today’s Truth

In the beginning God...

(Genesis 1:1a, NIV)

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Today’s scripture is a partial scripture, but a complete comfort during uncertain times. The first four words in the Bible form an incomplete sentence but offer a profound promise. “In the beginning God…” Those four words are the lens through which I try to see every moment of every day.


When I struggle with my spouse or feel inadequate as a mom, I remember that God was there in the beginning, planning our family. Purposefully. Intentionally. And when I feel ineffective at work or insecure about how to communicate love to my neighbors, I remember that He was there, orchestrating every good work I would ever walk in.


Each time I’m tempted to get caught up in today’s struggles, I

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Today’s Truth

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

(1 John 1:9, ESV)

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During the early days of this pandemic, when we were all getting used to being home for long days on end, I saw my friends posting pictures on Facebook of all their cleaned-out closets and organized drawers. Apparently, I wasn’t the only one doing some spring cleaning. But as I cleaned, knowing that the rest of the world was cleaning too, I began to wonder how many people right now might be open to the cleansing work of Christ in their lives. Might this be a season of revival? A spiritual awakening on the global scale? A time of unparalleled confession and unprecedented salvation?


The thought moved my heart with such intensity I sat down to write in my

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That they may know that You alone, whose name is the LORD, Are the Most High over all the earth.

(Psalm 83:18)

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“MY NAME IS WENDY AND I’M A SUGAR ADDICT.”


Those nine little words changed the trajectory of my life when I posted them online in 2014. Innocently, I invited people on my Facebook page to join me for a 40-Day Sugar Fast. I wasn’t simply having a problem with sugar, I told my friends, I was experiencing physical and emotional problems too. My sugar tooth was dictating my thoughts and my days. On top of that, constant neck pain and stomach aches plagued me. I was gaining weight, my muscles and joints were always hurting, my sleep was fitful, and my emotions were a wreck. I was grumpy and impatient with my kids and my husband. Sadly, sugar wasn’t

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Behold, God is my helper; the Lord is the upholder of my life.

(Psalm 54:4)

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I was in high school the first time I heard an atheist argue that Christians are just weak people in need of a crutch. “Jesus,” he accused, “is the crutch you lean on to get you through this life.” I was only sixteen years old, but I remember thinking, Of course He’s a crutch. Praise God for sending His Son for us to lean on, with the fullness of our fallen weight, or we’d be hobbling through this crazy life alone.


I couldn’t understand why this combative boy in my geometry class was challenging my faith with that ridiculous crutch analogy. The image of Jesus holding me up, making me able-bodied and sure-footed, only strengthened my believing heart. “You’re

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Today’s Truth

How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

(Psalm 119:103, ESV)

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It’s the sweetest season of all. Thanksgiving feasts and all things pumpkin-spice, holiday pies and Christmas fudge, peppermint bark and grandma’s candied yams! And yet, amidst the baking and the taking of sweet-treats to all the gatherings, it’s God’s Word that we must keep at the center of our celebrations, and the forefront of our festivities. But what does it really mean to taste and eat God’s Word?


The imagery of consuming the scriptures is found over and over throughout Scripture. In Ezekiel 3:3 we read that God fed the prophet Ezekiel a scroll containing His Words. God said to Ezekiel, “Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.” To which

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You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you.

(Isaiah 26:3, ESV)

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Sometimes when I wake up early in the morning, a Bible verse comes immediately to mind. Other times it’s a lyric to an old, familiar hymn. This morning these words greeted me with the sun: “‘Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus, just to take Him at His Word. Just to rest upon His promise. Just to know, “Thus saith the Lord.’”


I sang it softly in the shower and I hummed it over the stove, as I scrambled eggs for my children before sending them off to school. When I curled up on the couch with my Bible shortly after, I remembered then searched for the scripture above. I love how the old songs of our faith often

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Today’s Truth

In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Spirit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God.

(Romans 8:25–27, NIV)

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There are times when my heart is so weary from the struggle my lips can’t string a sentence together. My husband’s work has been stressful and sometimes he brings it home. The children’s learning challenges have been challenging, finances have been tight, I’ve said yes to too many things, I’m tired, and there’s a diagnosis I still can’t wrap my mind around.


Prayer. I know that prayer is the answer. I grew up singing the old Hymn, What a Friend We Have in Jesus. I believe the words I’ve sung countless times, “Oh what peace we often forfeit, oh what needless pain we bear, all because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.” The trouble is, sometimes

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Today’s Truth

But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy.”

1 Peter 1:15-16, NIV

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Holy. What a far-and-away, impossibly elusive word. While I can somewhat wrap my simple mind around the holiness of God, it’s hard to understand how I could ever be like Him. I can imagine Him on His throne, with the rest of us singing an eternal chorus of “Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God almighty!” However, this call to live a holy, sinless, blameless life… has always left me shaking my head and shaking in my boots (just a bit).


I know myself too well. I know my on-going self-centered sin-tendencies. I’m ashamed how easily my eyes move off of Christ to the things of this world – from the Giver to the gifts. As my eyes slip

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Today’s Truth Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest”

Matthew 11:28

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Since the start of the new year, three words have been ringing in my ears: “Come to Me.” Matthew 11:28 has been hidden in my heart for as long as I can remember, but recently I’ve heard the Lord speak this intimate invitation to me personally, in light of all the things I tend to run to, turn to, “come” to.


“Come to Me.”


As I turn to comfort food: “Come to Me, I’m the Great Comforter.”


As I turn on my computer; “Come to Me, I want to connect with you.”


As I head into Target for a little retail therapy, “Come to Me, let me be your Counselor.”


As I make a phone call to talk through my stress with a

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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

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My Christmas guests have left. My husband and our sons are celebrating the New Year with a camping trip in the dessert. I am home, undressing the tree and packaging our nativity set away for the next 11 months. These are my first quiet moments in weeks, with only the familiar sound of tissue paper crinkling as the soundtrack to my thoughts. During the hustle and bustle of guests and going, little space remained for this sort of pondering. But today, here in the quiet, I have 2019 on my mind.


Resolution.


I was thinking of sitting down and writing down a few resolutions today. However, I’m afraid that resolution is too small a word for all that’s on my heart. It

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Today’s Truth

And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

Isaiah 9:6

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I love holiday traditions. Each year my family dresses up and goes out together to a special Christmas concert in the days leading up to December 25th. Whether it’s at our local church or the theatre downtown, we get dolled up for Jesus. Okay, let’s be honest: my husband and children do it for me. And every year I hope and pray for one really good family picture of us together, with the boys wearing argyle sweater vests, and their hair combed back. Not a dozen pictures, mind you, just one special keepsake of a treasure where we all look happy. Happy is the goal.


I struggle with happy sometimes—especially around the holidays. Which feels ridiculous because we’re all

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Today’s Truth

I sing to GOD, the Praise-Lofty, and find myself safe and saved,

Psalm‬ ‭18:3‬‬‬‬

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When my boys were young, I drove them up into the mountains for a long weekend of family camp. We were heading to the same Christian conference center where I grew up and grew in faith. Long before I was born, my grandparents had a cabin on that mountain, just down the road from the main camp. My dad would regularly drive us up the same winding roads we were now traversing. I also took our church’s big yellow bus for camp and went for long, wonderful weeks in the summertime. I spent so many happy days singing and hiking under blue skies and evergreen trees.


The boys were singing along with me as I played some of my

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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