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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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Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.

(Hebrews 12:2a, NIV)

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Several years ago, I was invited to speak and sing in Tennessee at a women’s event. I was extra excited because my daughter Kennedy was able to join me. The two of us are all about “mommy-daughter time” so we were all smiles as we started off on the three and a half hour drive.


Prior to the trip, I had given Kennedy permission to use my iPad to watch a movie. Once we hit the highway, she got cozy with her pillow, her headphones went on, and her attention became fixed on the rectangular screen in front of her. Random giggles floated from my little movie-watcher as I drove and prayed for the event we were heading to.


It

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Today’s Truth

“If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world.”

(John 15:19 NIV)

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Have you ever felt that you were overlooked or ignored…like you were a nobody? Well, take heart girlfriend. You are not alone.


In the Bible, we read the story of when the prophet Samuel went to anoint the next king of Israel. By God’s instruction, Samuel traveled to Bethlehem to the house of Jesse. He knew where to go and what family the king would come from.   He knew the next king would be one of Jesse’s sons…he just didn’t know which son.


Samuel arrived in Bethlehem and asked Jesse to bring all of his sons out for his inspection. Jesse brought out each of his seven sons, one-by-one. As Samuel prayerfully approached each young man, God said, “No, that

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Praise the LORD! For he has heard my cry for mercy. The LORD is my strength, my shield from every danger. I trust in him with all my heart. He helps me, and my heart is filled with joy. I burst out in songs of thanksgiving.

(Psalm 28:6-7, NLT)

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God is constantly at work in our lives, preparing us to do with joy what He created us to do. When we understand that God integrates every life detail to accomplish His will, a deeper level of trust takes root and grows.


God wants us to trust Him in every circumstance. Trust is letting go, knowing God is more than enough. Trust is obedience because what I do reveals what I believe about God regardless of what I say. Trust and obedience go hand in hand. The more we obey, the more we will trust and the more we trust, the more we will obey, understanding that He is indeed Lord of all. The result is joy.


We should be

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The heavens are yours, and the earth is yours; everything in the world is yours—you created it all.

(Psalm 89:11, NLT)

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Do you give yourself permission to be purposeless? Unproductive? Playful? Creative? Or do you feel the pressure to make sure everything you do, spend, create, and grow has some greater meaning?


This has been one of the great struggles of my adult life. I grew up in a culture that was bent towards productivity, academic accolades, and financial success. Those values deeply shaped how I saw this world and myself.


When I came to know Jesus as my Savior in college, I let go of the try-hard life but adopted a warped mindset that “dying-to-self” also meant, “dying to everything fufu.” If it doesn’t have quantifiable impact for the kingdom, it must be a waste of time, right?


I became a workaholic for Christ on a mission

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Today’s Truth

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; You anoint my head with oil; my cup runs over.

(Psalm 23:5, NKJV)

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Many life battles are lost because our confidence and faith in God are eroded under the persistent battering of daily stressful situations. We often fail to recognize and embrace the truth that God defines and refines us through each battle in life. If the battle truly belongs to God, we win! We win before the first shot is fired. We win before one step of the battle plan is taken.


I would naturally assume that a victory banquet would be held after the victory was won. However, the Hebrew people blew that idea right out of the water when they held victory banquets before the battle even began. If I had been there, I would have surmised that the

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Today’s Truth

“Yet to all who did receive him, to those who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God—children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband’s will, but born of God.

(John 1:12-13 NIV)

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Advertisers are well aware of the need human beings have to belong. They are banking on it. How many times have my eyes filled with tears over a television commercial? A credit card commercial shows a grown daughter taking her elderly mother back to Italy to discover her roots. The cost? Priceless. (I cry.)


A horse-drawn carriage glides through the snow on its way to a cozy cottage nestled in the trees with smoke swirling in the sky. “Home for the holidays.” (I cry).


A young man dressed in a military uniform drops his duffel bag on his unknowing parent’s den floor in the wee hours of the morning and starts the coffee maker. His mother, smelling the aroma, hurries

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Today’s Truth

This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: ‘In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.”

(Isaiah 30:15 NIV)

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When my son Ethan was three years old, he was very afraid of going into a swimming pool. The moment his little toe touched the water, he was already screaming, “Out! Out! I want out!” But in time, and with a lot of coaxing, he could handle being in the shallow end of the pool (clinging to his daddy of course).


One day, my husband James instructed Ethan to stand at the edge of the pool and jump into his arms. Ethan was not excited at all about this new development.


Ethan did not move, his feet solidly cemented to the ground. He wasn’t going anywhere.


“Look into my eyes and trust me,” James said. “I won’t let you fall.”


With

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Today’s Truth

For God so loved the world, that He gave His one and only son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.

(John 3:16, NIV)

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It was one of those days. You know what I mean. The minute I opened my eyes, I could feel the weight of the darkness. All I wanted to do was pull the covers over my head and pray that the world would go away and leave me alone.


But it won’t. I know that.


I have responsibilities – deadlines to meet, people who are counting on me, and things I need to get done.


So I do what I always do on those days. I take a deep breath, cry out to God for the strength to get out of bed, and literally make myself get up. That is the first victory of the day. Yes! I then get dressed

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...holiness adorns Your house for endless days, O Lord.

(Psalm 93:5, NIV)

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After lightning struck and the fire destroyed seventy percent of my home, we rebuilt. Every item seared, soaked and smoked was lifted and sifted. Ashes were removed. All things broken and tattered were excavated and evaluated in pursuit of total renewal and restoration.


Then a new plan was put in place.


A plan paved with promise and purpose.


It was time to rebuild. Time for prayers of protection and direction. Time for beauty to rise. Time for fresh peace and paint to adorn rooms that had been wrecked by a storm that brought fire.


Echoes of healing and hope filled the hallways of home with each swing of the hammer and hanging of drywall.


Relief and resilience rose as painters brushed beams and

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