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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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Always give thanks to God the Father for everything in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.

(Ephesians 5:20, NCV)

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When we lived in South Florida, the grass in our yard grew year round. We learned over the years that the best way to deal with weeds was simply to take care of the grass. When grass is healthy, weeds have no space to grow.


When our hearts and lives are filled with praise and thanksgiving, worry is a weed that will die from lack of attention. Why? Because praise acknowledges the very character of God, while thanksgiving recognizes the work of His hand. Together, praise and thanksgiving are powerful weapons against worry and important tools to help us grow.


Many times we feel we have nothing to celebrate. We do not understand the true meaning of praise. Praise comes

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How sweet are your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth!

(Psalm 119:103, ESV)

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It’s the sweetest season of all. Thanksgiving feasts and all things pumpkin-spice, holiday pies and Christmas fudge, peppermint bark and grandma’s candied yams! And yet, amidst the baking and the taking of sweet-treats to all the gatherings, it’s God’s Word that we must keep at the center of our celebrations, and the forefront of our festivities. But what does it really mean to taste and eat God’s Word?


The imagery of consuming the scriptures is found over and over throughout Scripture. In Ezekiel 3:3 we read that God fed the prophet Ezekiel a scroll containing His Words. God said to Ezekiel, “Son of man, eat this scroll I am giving you and fill your stomach with it.” To which

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“Jesus then took the loaves, gave thanks, and distributed to those who were seated as much as they wanted. He did the same with the fish.”

(John 6:11 NIV)

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Have you ever noticed this pattern in the gospels: the disciples get in a bind and Jesus bails them out? Hmmm. Sounds a little bit about my life. How about you?


In John 6:1-15, we find the disciples in a precarious situation. Their lawn party had turned into quite a bash. The guests far exceeded their expectations, the disciples hadn’t planned on providing dinner, and it appeared the crowd was expecting refreshments. But the disciples didn’t have the funds or the food to feed them. All they could scrounge up were five loaves of bread and two dried fish. The crowd was getting restless, the disciples were getting anxious, and Jesus was getting ready. He took the five loaves

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I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.

(Philippians 4:12, NIV)

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I once heard a story that offers a great prescription for joy. A young believer came to a man who had followed Christ for many years with this complaint. “I have lost my joy!” the young man said. The older, wiser Christian responded, “Go out and do something for someone else. Repeat that act of kindness nine times. Then you will find joy!”


When we develop the habit of looking for a need and then meeting it, we will experience joy as never before. Many times, instead of looking for a need, we look the other way.


Once upon a time


There were four men named


Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody.


There was an important job to be done


And Everybody

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Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits

(Psalm 103:2 ESV)

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Llamas are a thing lately. It’s hard to go anywhere without seeing a llama on a book, card or wall art. And I’m good with that. This mama loves llamas! Llamas are like sunshine on a cloudy day.


With my llama-love in mind, you can imagine the effervescent excitement going down in my heart when Julie told me there was a llama on the grounds of the conference center where I was speaking.


“We can go see him right now if you want,” she offered from behind the wheel.


Ummm… YES, PLEASE!


And off we went to see the llama!


It had rained for several days before my arrival, so the path to the pasture was pretty icky with mud. Undeterred, Julie

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Jesus said: “On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.”

(John 14:20 NIV).

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Do you ever feel far away from God, or that He is far away from you? If you’re like most people, then I bet the answer is yes. So let’s take a look at those “feelings.”


You are a triune being with a body, soul and spirit. Within your soul you have a mind, will, and emotions. That’s where those “feelings” come from. And if you are like most people, sometimes you feel closer to God than other times. But are you? Really?


Sometimes I feel closer to my husband than other times. But that doesn’t mean I’m any less married sometimes more than others. I usually feel closer to him after we’ve enjoyed a fun time together, been especially

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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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