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In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety.

(Psalm 4:8, NIV)

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“What’s going to happen?”


“How will this work out?”


“Do I have the strength to get through this?”


Questions like this swirl inside her mind at the end of a hard day. Her head is on a pillow, but her heart is in another place. One that’s filled with fear, anxiety, and uncertainty.


We’ve all had nights like this one. We stare at the clock as the minutes pass by and sigh, “I used to be able to sleep like a baby.” That phrase has always sounded a little odd to me because I have lots of friends with kids and, well, their babies never seem to sleep as much as mom and dad would like.


But I think that saying comes from

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For I am poor and needy, and my heart is wounded within me.

Psalm 109:22

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Some dog owners teach their pups to attack, pursue or chase someone by using the command, “Sic ‘em!” This short, sharp prompt gives dogs permission to aggressively pounce on an enemy or targeted individual.


I sensed this type of request from David to God as I read Psalm 109.


My God, whom I praise,
do not remain silent,
2 for people who are wicked and deceitful
have opened their mouths against me;
they have spoken against me with lying tongues.
3 With words of hatred they surround me;
they attack me without cause.
4 In return for my friendship they accuse me,
but I am a man of prayer.
5 They repay me evil for good,
and hatred for my friendship.
(Psalm 109:1-5)


Having been betrayed by people in his community, David was furious with the

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“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”

(Romans 8:1 NIV)

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I sat on my back porch, wrapped in my fuzzy worn robe—the one that’s 20 old that I just can’t seem to get rid of. The birch trees waved “good morning,” and the newly planted gerbera daisies stretched their faces to the sun…just a bit higher than the day before. Then I heard him. The rooster.


ER-er-ER-er-ERRRR. I’m not sure where he lives, but it’s within earshot.


ER-er-ER-er-ERRRR. I thought of Peter. I thought of me. I thought of you.


You know the story. At the dinner table, on the night before Jesus went to the cross, he said to Peter:


“Simon, Simon, Satan has asked to sift you as wheat. But I have prayed for you, Simon, that your faith may not

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Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of compassion and the God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our troubles, so that we can comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.

(2 Corinthians 1:3-4, NIV)

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The farmers market is crowded this morning. Vegetables in every color are laid out across tables like squares on patchwork quilts. Dogs on leashes strain toward each other or the enticing hydrant on the corner. Babies bask in strollers with dribbles down their chubby chins. Toddlers place one hand in Mama’s and wrap the other around organic all-fruit Popsicles.


Oh dear, there it is. The weekly tragedy. A grip loosened in a moment of forgetfulness or exuberance and that Popsicle falling down, down, down to land with a splat on the sizzling pavement.


Then the tears come, an instant river, followed by the snot and the hollering. Mama leans down, and of course, she says, “Knock it off, kid. You

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Let your conversation be gracious and effective so that you will have the right response for everyone.

(Colossians 4:6, NLT)

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Dr. Seuss is one of my favorite authors. I recently read an article that said the famed children’s author loved challenges. In 1959, the co-founder of his publishing company bet Dr. Seuss that he could not write an actual book with a good story using fifty words or less. Dr. Seuss quickly accepted the bet. The result? The beloved book, “Green Eggs and Ham.” To date it has sold over 200 million copies – using only 49 words in its entirety. Dr. Seuss might be on to something.


Less is often more. When it comes to words with impact, being long-winded is not a value. But speaking the right words can be life changing.


The spoken word is powerful, and

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However it is written, “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him.

(1 Corinthians 2:9 NIV)

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Have you ever been afraid to jump into the deep end of God’s will? I certainly have. Then God showed me how


I was sitting on the balcony of a condominium listening to the excited squeals and splashes as children played in the swimming pool below.


One particular little girl caught my attention. She appeared to be about six years old and wore bright yellow water wings wrapped around her arms like blood pressure cuffs. As she stood on the side of the pool nervously flapping her arms, her daddy was poised in waist-deep water with his arms outstretched.


“Come on, honey, you can do it,” he coached. “Go ahead and jump. I’m right here.”


“But I’m scared,” she said, whining and

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You are precious and honored in my sight.

(Isaiah 43:4a, NIV)

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Years ago, I bought my daughter a really cute jacket at the mall. It was a hoodie made of a cuddly fabric with cream, lavender, and mint green horizontal stripes. The jacket zipped up in the front and was well crafted, stylish, and simply adorable.


When I bought it, I felt like the price on the tag was a fair one, so I gladly pulled out my wallet and paid the retail amount. I was a kid in a candy store on the way home – fully anticipating a shriek of happiness from my little bag-of-beans when I gave it to her.


I wasn’t disappointed. Kennedy loved her new coat, and I was pleased with my purchase. Happy dances all

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Then Peter came to Jesus and asked, "Lord, how many times shall I forgive my brother or sister who sins against me? Up to seven times?" Jesus answered, "I tell you, not seven times, but seventy-seven times.

(Matthew 18:21-22 NIV)

 


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I was so confused. I was talking to God, but it seemed He wasn’t talking to me. There seemed to be a barrier between us. I was a single, twenty-years old, and needed to make an important decision about my future, but I wasn’t hearing from God.


Mr. Thorp was an older, godly gentleman who mentored my Christian friends and me during our teen years. After one of our Bible study meetings, I asked him to pray for me.


“Let’s read some Scripture about prayer before we pray,” Mr. Thorp suggested.


First he turned to Matthew 18:19-22:


“Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for them by

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As for me, I will always have hope; I will praise You more and more.

(Psalm 71:14, NIV)

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My family leads an afterschool Bible club on Fridays at my daughter’s elementary school. We sing songs, play games, study the Bible, and give away prizes. I’m always storing up prizes from the dollar store in my “magic closet,” also known as my laundry room.


One of my friend’s dubbed it the magic closet because I could magically find presents for kids in that closet. If someone came over and mentioned it was her child’s birthday, I’d walk into that closet and come out with a birthday gift to go!


You may not have a magic closet of kids’ gifts but there’s another type of closet you can always tap in to. You might call it a “praise closet.”


As

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He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

(Revelation 21:4)

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When my children were little, they watched the same VHS tapes over and over and over. Classics like Big Trucks, Little Bear, and Arthur. Fun shows like Veggie Tales and an adventurous video series featuring first-responders called Rescue Heroes.


One of their favorite Christian videos featured a guy called the Donut Man. He taught Bible stories and used simple songs to point kids to the Lord. While holding a donut in his hand, he’d sing the theme song each time that went something like this. “Life without Jesus is like a Donut… ‘cause there’s a hole in the middle of your heart.” Then at the end of the tune he’d stick a munchkin-like circle donut in the middle of

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