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Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the saints.

(Philemon 1:7, NIV)

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I once read about an African tribe that has what we might consider an unusual approach for dealing with people who make mistakes. When a member of this tribe does something wrong, they take the person to the center of the village where the tribe surrounds him. For two days, they remind him of the good things he has done. The tribe believes that mistakes are often a cry for help and hope to provide that help through the layers of encouragement they freely give.


I wonder how our world would change if we took the same approach to encouragement. It takes layers of love and great patience to replenish, restore, and put courage back into a heart that

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When I said, “My foot is slipping,” your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.

(Psalm 94:18)

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I can fall with the best of them. Really. It’s almost a spiritual gift for me. When I was in second grade, Mr. Traynor came once a week to take me out of Mrs. Bryan’s classroom for an “extra phys-ed class.” I loved getting out of bookwork to juggle beanbags and play fun games with Mr. Traynor in the gym and I thought it was so cool that I had the privilege of extra playtime. Yay me.


Years later I learned that “Mr. Traynor time” was actually a special school program to help kids with under-developed coordination. Yay me. Ahem.


Back in those young, uncoordinated days of mine, my family vacationed at the south Jersey shore. We stayed in a

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Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.

(Luke 6:38, NIV)

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I am on a mission. I have been thinking about and carefully planning every step of this mission for over a year. I have gathered the required supplies, notified all parties concerned, issued warnings, and marked strategic dates on my calendar.


It is “Go” time for Operation Purge!


I am systematically purging our home of every unnecessary, unused, or no longer wanted item. My husband is on board as well. Just to be safe, I said, “Honey, if you really, really want to keep something, it would be wise to put a yellow sticker on it, or it is outta here!” I think the gravity of Operation Purge began to dawn on him at that moment, but he solemnly nodded

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Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!

(Psalm 105:1, ESV)

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In the year 1925, a Kentucky native named Thomas Chisholm put pen to paper and wrote the lyric to a song titled, “Great Is Thy Faithfulness.” History tells us he wrestled with health challenges and worked humbly behind a desk as an insurance agent, likely causing him to feel average and ordinary on most days, much like you and me.


Yet, in spite of the mundane, messy and miniscule matters of Thomas Chisholm’s life, he celebrated and savored the significance of God’s unfailing faithfulness when he wrote this song. A hymn of hope that’s been an anthem of gratitude now for decades.


Great is Thy faithfulness, O God my Father!
There is no shadow of turning with Thee
Thou changest not, Thy

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The plans of the diligent lead surely to plenty, but those of everyone who is hasty, surely to poverty.

(Proverbs 21:5 NKJV )

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I was zipping through my house like normal, on my way to the kitchen to sort through the day’s mail. I noticed my teen daughter lying on the couch reading a book. On a whim, I decided to make a pit stop.


I pulled up her outstretched legs and sat underneath them. She smiled and after a few moments, we were talking about what she was reading which led to other subjects. I told her how her daddy and I used spent hours just like that, talking and laughing together on the couch when we were dating. We had no concept of time; we just enjoyed being together.


Thirty minutes passed before my daughter and I left that couch.

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“In Him we live and move and have our being”

(Acts 17:28 NIV)

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“I just never have enough time to spend with the Lord,” Amanda cried. “I work forty plus hours a week, commute ninety minutes both ways, oversee elderly parents’ affairs, and take care of my five-year-old son. I’m either on the road, at my desk or taking care of someone else’s needs. And on top of that, I never feel like I’m doing any of it well. What does God want from me in the middle of all this madness? How can I carve out time for Him? I feel like I’m constantly failing Him!”


Amanda is not alone. I’ve been right there with her. Haven’t you?


We live in a physical realm and our new, born-again spirits will never be

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He made the moon to mark the seasons; the sun knows its time for setting.

(Psalm 104:19, ESV)

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Gravity. It’s not just the title of amazing songs written by John Mayer and Sara Bareilles, though I completely love both of these songs. Gravity is a mysterious force that holds the universe together. One that sustains flight and orbit. A force that cannot be seen yet cannot be denied. A bit similar to grace!


Gravity echoes the majesty and mystery of our unsearchable Creator. It’s a celestially adhesive influencer. Powerful. Essential. Incredible.


Here on the pale blue dot gravity keeps humanity grounded, and presses fleshy body parts to plunge and sag with age. In the distance she spins the world on its axis and dances between the barrier of earth and sky.


He set the earth on its foundations,
so that

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My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.

(John 10:27)

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Prayer really is so simple. We try to complicate it, and if I do say so myself, we manage to do a fairly good job of it.


Everyone prays when in crisis.


When the house is on fire, the kids are driving you nuts, the job is in jeopardy, the health challenge is serious, the finances are failing – it is amazing how even the ungodly will resort to prayer. It is built into our very being to cry out to God when we are desperate.


But is that all prayer is? Is talking with God only for desperate people in desperate moments?


I really do want to know God’s will for my life. I desperately need His wisdom to get through

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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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“I will never leave you nor forsake you"

(Hebrews 13:5 NKJV)

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She was among an eager group of four-year-old children crowded around my feet as I taught their Sunday school lesson. I was the teacher and they were the students—or at least that’s how it started out. The pint-sized audience listened intently as I tried to create a mental image of Jesus and His disciples trapped in a thunderstorm on the Sea of Galilee.


“The winds bleeeeeeew and rocked the little boat back and forth, back and forth. The waves were soooooo big; they splashed over the wooden sides and got the men all wet. Then water started filling up the boat—and do you know what happens when a boat gets full of water?”


“It sinks,” they chimed together.


“That’s right.” I

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