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Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness (Genesis 15:6 NIV).

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As a child, my parents took me to church every time the doors were open. I heard thousands of sermons in my childhood and every sermon held at least one illustration. I certainly don’t remember all of them, but there is one that stuck. One Sunday morning, the pastor explained that when we’re driving a car in the dark, we can’t see all the way to our destination. But we get in the car and trust that the car lights will remain on. As we drive, little by little, the roads are illuminated.


No one ever stomps their foot and says, “Well, I’m just not going to go anywhere tonight because my car’s lights aren’t shining all the way

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“Anxiety in the heart of a man weighs it down, but a good word makes it glad” (Proverbs 12:25 NIV 1985 ed.).

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Steve and I were on a trip to celebrate my birthday. He’s not a very techy guy, so I did most of the reservations online. One night, we were trying to get tickets to a show using our hotel Internet. I kept getting kicked off and grew frustrated.


In a huff, I said, “I wish you could do this! I feel like I’m having to do all the work and it’s my birthday!”


With the saddest face ever, Steve looked down and said, “Well, I am good at some things.”


That broke my heart. Of course, he’s amazing at many things. He’s a fabulous husband, a hard worker, a great friend, and a godly man. He’s handsome, gentle, and strong. At the moment I was

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Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come (2 Corinthians 5:17, ESV).

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Every time I tell my redemption story, I have to swallow my pride. Why? Because my past includes ugliness, conflict, and rebellion that I’m not proud of. As much as I’d like to sweep it all under the rug the Lord wants me to share. Why? Because the brokenness of my past magnifies the beauty of His grace.


The New Testament begins with the book of Matthew and a lineage that showcases more drama than a Hallmark movie. The book starts with a genealogy trail that leads from Abraham to the birth of Jesus. This list of names might make you yawn, but it’s actually really important – and even exciting. (Yes. You read that right!)


Scandal steps onto the

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He said, “If you will listen carefully to the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the Lord who heals you” (Exodus 15:26 NLT)

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My friend Lee described the night when he lay alone on his hospital bed, feeling as though he were hanging over a cliff. The Lord asked him this question: “Will you trust me?” He wrestled to reconcile God’s goodness with the direness of his circumstances. He was in his early forties with a brain tumor that was later diagnosed as glioblastoma.


The following days were a wilderness of surgery, medications, and recovery. Contrary to what doctors had told him, Lee got better, with no signs of cancer. He felt great and took every opportunity to share about God’s miraculous healing in his life.


After five years of excellent health, Lee told me at a church campout to pray for him

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Between three and six o’clock in the morning, Jesus came to them, walking on the water (Matthew 14:25, NCV).

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The story is told of Will Rogers who came to his comedian friend, Eddie Cantor, for advice. Will wanted to make some important changes in his act but was worried about the danger of such changes, explaining that he wasn’t sure if they would work. Eddie Cantor’s response was, “Why not go out on a limb? That’s where the fruit is!” The same is true of faith.


Faith is the ability to trust what we cannot see. Faith is willing to take risks, embrace the unseen and step away from the safety of the shore.


We fear the outcome or don’t understand the step God has asked us to take. We are afraid to fail and are more concerned about

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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 twenty years 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

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All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they shared everything they had (Acts 4:32, NIV).

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“What’s yours is mine, and what’s mine is mine.” My husband and I used to joke that this was the unspoken motto of our kids when they were little. Toddlers have no qualms about grabbing a toy, snack, or any random item of interest from other people or pets. It’s rare to see a child share her cherished possessions generously.


It can be hard for all of us to share.


Media bombards us with marketing campaigns that tell us we are the center of the universe. “You, you, you, you, you!”


Time and time again we hear that this life is all about us. The more we have, the happier we’ll be. The bigger that bank account, the more blessed the

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Strength and dignity are her clothing, and she smiles at the future (Proverbs 31:25, NASB).

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“Dad, I’m scared!”


I knew that voice. I didn’t need binoculars to confirm it. My oldest son needed help, and I wanted to save him. But all I could do was watch.


Moments before, as we traveled our well-worn path of animal observation at the local zoo, we had stumbled upon something new. We discovered a ropes course, and a sea of hands raised as our kids volunteered to go first.


While my husband escorted four eager kids down the path to the ropes course, I took the younger ones for a bathroom break. A few minutes later, we wove down the tree-lined path and stepped into a clearing, where I found my four oldest children dangling four stories above the

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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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For many years, I did everything I possibly could to hide or erase any weakness in my life. When that didn’t work, I simply pretended that those weak areas didn’t exist. Why? Because if I was weak, how could Jesus love me? How could anyone love me? How could I love myself?


When our son, Jered, began to walk, I immediately noticed that his feet turned inward. Our pediatrician recommended a specialist who examined Jered thoroughly, then ordered several x-rays. The more he examined Jered, the more concerned we became. When the specialist finally called us in for a consultation, we braced ourselves for the bad news.


The doctor’s stoic face revealed nothing, but his diagnosis was a gift. “There

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Blessed are those whose strength is in you (Psalm 84:5, NIV).

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I stand in front of the mirror and ask my reflection, “How could you have done that?” I think back to an incident yesterday where I was not at my best. As much as I want to, I can’t take back the words I said. Why did I let my emotions get the best of me again?


I’ve done hard work in the area where I messed up. I’ve read books. Talked to my counselor and good friends. Prayed about it and written reminders of truth in my journal. At this moment it feels as if it’s all been for nothing. Have you ever been there too?


Then I recall a moment from graduate school. My professor stands at the

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