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

Luke 22:31-32 (NIV)

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If I made a list of all the things I want to thank Jesus for, this wonderful display of grace would be at the top. I mean seriously, here Jesus is, about to be abandoned, arrested, persecuted and executed, and what does He do? He prays for Simon Peter’s faith and assures Him that even though the waters are about to get stirred up, he’ll pass through them. The waves will not overwhelm him or obliterate his faith, even if he might feel like he’s going under.


You want to know what just wrecks me? Knowing that Jesus, who now sits at the right hand of God and is interceding for us, has prayed specifically for me, that my

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When evening came, His (Jesus’) disciples went down to the lake, where they got into a boat and set off across the lake for Capernaum. By now it was dark, and Jesus had not yet joined them. A strong wind was blowing, and the waters grew rough. When they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus approaching the boat, walking on the water; and they were frightened. But He said to them, “It is I; don’t be afraid.”

(John 6:16-22, NIV)

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My husband has struggled with a fib for almost 15 years. He has had three ablations and 46 cardio versions. I have the procedure down to the point that I think we could do the cardio version on our own. I know where the electrodes have to be placed. Dan tells the doctor not to shock him with both pads on the front of his chest which is the normal approach. One patch needs to be placed on the front of his chest and one on his back, shocking him with 250 volts. Using this technique, his heart has always gone back into sinus rhythm on the first try.


I also had the waiting routine down pat. Just before

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“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are – yet without sin,”

(Hebrews 4:15 NIV 1984 edition)

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Let’s face it. People let us down. They disappoint us. And so does God. Often our experiences fall short of our expectations for God to meet all our needs the way we think He should, and like a lover who has been wronged, we tend to guard our hearts against future disappointment by lowering our expectations and trust. But make no mistake about it, God sees. God understands. He is not aloof.


One day I was sitting on the patio with my friend Beth and her stepfather, Sam, waiting for the grill to heat up before placing steaks on to cook. Beth’s mom opened the door and gave Sam his orders—telling him what to do and how to do

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It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our own. Our qualification comes from God."

(2 Corinthians 3:5, NLT)

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Do you struggle with not feeling qualified? You’re not alone. I think more of us feel unqualified than qualified on a daily basis. It only takes being pushed slightly out of our comfort zone at work or in ministry, at home or in a relationship to feel entirely defeated about our abilities. Maybe that’s why we like to say that “God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.”


It’s a lovely chant when we desperately need overcome our feelings of inadequacies. But is it truly a biblical statement?


Context is key, my friends. This Christian platitude is likely inspired by 2 Corinthians 3:5 NLT, “It is not that we think we are qualified to do anything on our

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Therefore encourage one another and build each other up.

(1 Thessalonians 5:11)

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The red bird gently landed on the tree branch in front of the kitchen window.


Carla gasped when the bird first appeared. But then a smile slowly spread across her face as she closed her eyes and whispered a reverent prayer, “Thank you, Lord.”


It was definitely a holy moment. I didn’t really know why. I just felt it.


“What was that all about?” I finally asked.


My sweet friend sighed, still staring at the red bird.


“Mary, it has been a really hard week. This morning, I couldn’t take it any more. I lost it, and just ranted and raved, pouring out all of my anger and frustration to God!” Tears began to down her cheeks. I hugged her … and then

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See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God!

(1 John 3:1 NIV)

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I became a Christian when I was a teenager. But even after I made a commitment to follow Christ, feelings of inferiority, insecurity, and inadequacy clung to me like a spider’s sticky web. The dirge of “I’m not good enough” was a song I couldn’t get out of my head. The lies of the enemy created limitations in my life. They were the barbed wire that fenced me in and kept God’s best at bay.


 


The problem was, I had no idea who I was, what I had, or where I was as a child of God. Oh, I understood that I was going to go to heaven when I left this earth, but what I was supposed to

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The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

(John 10:10, NIV)

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In April, I celebrated my 69th birthday! Honestly, I didn’t think I would live this long. Seriously! Where have the years gone? It seems every day of life has been jam-packed full of both wonderful and horrible things I wondered if I would survive and yet, here I am, going strong and wondering why there always seems to be some kind of helicopter still landing in my life.


I have some advice for you, girlfriend. If you are a young woman, it really is true that you should cherish every day and every moment with your friends and family because the older you get, the quicker the days fly by. I look at my children who are married and

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And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another – and all the more as you see the Day approaching. (Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV

(Hebrews 10:24-25 NIV)

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My 9-year-old daughter Lucy calls it her second home.


It’s not an athletic field, the shopping mall, or the movie theater. Lucy’s second home is our church. Whenever the doors are open – whether it’s for main service or to paint backdrops for children’s church – she wants to be there.


I think we could all use a dose of Lucy’s enthusiasm when it comes to going to church!


My family started going to church when I was in elementary school. Back then, it was common to have Sunday morning church and Sunday evening church. We usually went both times, and I can certainly remember faking a cold or stomachache to get out of church so I could stay home

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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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I am such a mess. I hate how I am. I can’t ever get a handle on this issue.


Thoughts of self-hatred coursed through my mind as I sat on the hard-tile floor and took it all in. Within the cabinets I’d just spent twenty minutes rearranging, there still was no semblance of organization. Papers shot out of books. Bags heaped left and right in no particular order. Shoes and knick-knacks filled the right side of the cabinet. And, worst of all, electrical cords stood like tumbleweed in the center of it all.


Regarding cleaning and organizing, my best efforts fell – way short. And this is the problem. You see, no matter what I do, everything stays a

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The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.

(Romans 13:12)

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When you grow up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and summer yields to fall, you root for the Steelers. It’s not even an option. It’s culture. You bleed black and gold. The home team binds every borough, city and suburb into a greater community that r09-23-19-Monday-GSises in unison to wave Terrible Towels and high five complete strangers. In the stadium, in the grocery stores, in the workplace… anywhere.


To this day, even though I’m now a Carolina girl, when I see any random person in public wearing Steelers gear, I see family… and I stroll over to chat with them as if we graduated from high school together.


Yinz guys. Not even kidding. Rilly. We Steelers fans love our team fiercely.


And we

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